If you need a payment
You may get a payment from us if you or your family are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
1: Before you start – payment guide
This guide can help by suggesting payments that might apply in your situation. Once you find a payment you should carefully read the eligibility rules and instructions on how to claim.
2: Do you live in Victoria or Tasmania and have to self-isolate or quarantine?
3: You may be eligible for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
You may get it if you either:
- live in Victoria and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has told you to self-isolate or quarantine
- live in Tasmania and a health official has told you to self-isolate or quarantine.
You must also meet all of the following:
- you’re at least 17 and can’t go to work or use sick leave
- you don’t get an income support payment
- you have COVID-19
- you've had close contact with or are caring for someone with COVID-19.
Read more about Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
If you need longer term help, we have other payments available. Read more about Payments and Services.
5: Payments for visa holders
If you’re living in Australia with an eligible visa we have a range of help to support you.
7: You may be eligible for Age Pension
The main income support payment for people who have reached Age Pension age.
Read more about Age Pension.
Read more about payments and services for older Australians.
8: Are you the main carer of a young child?
If you're single this is a child under 8.
If you're partnered this is a child under 6.
9: You may be eligible for Parenting Payment
The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.
If you’re partnered and care for a child younger than 6, you may also be eligible for JobSeeker Payment. This will depend your partner’s income.
Read more about Parenting Payment.
Read more about payments and services for families.
11: Are you receiving a payment from us such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, or Youth Allowance?
12: You may be eligible for an additional payment
Read more information if you’re already getting a payment from us.
13: You may be eligible for a student or trainee payment
Read more information for students and trainees.
15: You may be eligible for JobSeeker Payment
Financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time.
Read more about JobSeeker Payment.
Read more about payments and services for job seekers.
Before you claim, check if your employer will pay you JobKeeper payment.
Find out how to check what you can get, claim and manage a payment if you aren’t getting one already.
1. Check what you can get
- not able to work or don’t have work
- in isolation or hospitalised
- caring for children.
If you’re caring for a child, you may also be able to claim Family Tax Benefit.
You may get Special Benefit if you meet the eligibility criteria and you can’t get other income support payments from us.
If you live in New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria or Western Australia you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
Keep in mind, we’ve made changes to payment rules due to COVID-19.
You may be able to get income from JobKeeper payment through your employer. Ask if they’ve registered with the Australian Taxation Office for this payment before you claim an income support payment from us. If they have and you’re eligible, your employer will pay it to you. You don’t need to call or visit us to claim JobKeeper payment.
2. Establish your identity and get a Customer Reference Number (CRN)
To make a claim, you need to establish your identity and get a CRN. You can do this online using myGov. You don’t need to visit a service centre.
If you’ve already got your CRN, keep it with you when you make your claim.
4. Report your income and manage your payment
Your payment will stop if you don’t report your income each fortnight. You may also have other commitments you need to manage. This may include job search activities and letting us know about any changes to your circumstances.
With myGov you can establish your identity and get a Customer Reference Number (CRN).
Page last updated: 21 September 2020
This information was printed 18 September 2020 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/payments-and-services-during-coronavirus-covid-19/if-you-need-payment. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.