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

29 September 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, a person’s 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, COVID-19 Disaster Payment will reduce over 2 weeks. You’ll need to reapply for the payment each week so we know you’re still eligible.

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 is in need of long term financial support, they can test their eligibility for an income support payment. They can use our COVID-19 payment guide to see what they may be able to get.

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

Page last updated: 7 October 2021