Let your community know about changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment

21 October 2021

Let people know how 70% and 80% fully vaccinated rates will affect the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

When a state or territory reaches 70% fully vaccinated

When 70% of people 16 years or older in a state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, automatic COVID-19 Disaster Payments will stop.

If they’re still affected by movement restrictions, they’ll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know they’re still eligible.

When a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated

When 80% of people 16 years or older in a state or territory are fully vaccinated with 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, there will be changes to the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

A person can only reapply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment if they’ve been granted the payment for a relevant period. This period must include the date their state or territory reaches 80% full vaccination. If this is the case, they can reapply for the payment for up to 2 more weeks.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment amount will reduce over a period of up to 2 weeks.

In the first week after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be one payment of:

  • $450 if a person has lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and is not getting an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment
  • $100 if a person has lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and is getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

In the second week after a state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will:

  • be one $320 payment if a person has lost more than 8 hours or a full day of work and is not getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment
  • end if a person is getting an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment.

After this period, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment won’t be available in your area.

If someone needs further financial support, they can test their eligibility by submitting a claim for an income support payment. If we grant their claim, it could affect their eligibility for COVID-19 Disaster Payment. Please tell members of your community to consider their circumstances before submitting their claim. They can use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments and services they may be able to get.

We have other support available if people are affected by COVID-19.

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Page last updated: 17 January 2022