Let your community know about the COVID-19 Disaster Payment

30 July 2021

If members of your community can’t earn income due to restricted movement, they may be able to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

The payment they can claim depends on the state they live in.

People can claim this payment if they work part time and get any of the following from us:

  • a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) income support payment
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Education Allowance.

They can’t be getting any of the following payments in the same period they’re claiming COVID-19 Disaster Payment:

They should check the eligibility rules to see when they can make a claim. The rules are different depending on if they get a Centrelink or DVA payment or not.

Read about eligibility and how to claim the:

Australian residents must claim online, it’s the quickest and simplest way. Eligible working visa holders must call us on the Emergency information line.

If members of your community aren’t sure whether this payment is the most suitable option, they can check what payment they may be able to get.

Page last updated: 24 August 2021