If you’re a sole trader, you should check to see if you’re eligible for your state’s COVID-19 business support payment first.
To get the payment, you need to meet all eligibility rules that apply.
This includes all of these rules:
- you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
- you’re 17 years or older
- you didn’t get an income support payment, Dad and Partner Pay, Parental Leave Pay or ABSTUDY Living Allowance during the same period
- you didn’t get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state or territory pandemic payment or a state orterritory small business payment for the same period
- you lost hours of work and income and didn’t have any pandemic-related paid leave entitlements
- you couldn’t earn your usual income of 8 hours or more, or a full day’s work because you were in a Tas COVID-19 hotspot and were subject to restricted movement order
- you’re not getting your usual income and your employer is not getting Retaining Domestic Airline Capability payments on your behalf
- you lived or worked in or visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot in Tas that is subject to a restricted movement order.
You meet the requirement of living or working in a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot if both of these apply:
- you live or work in an area which isn’t subject to restricted movement
- you can’t work because you’re unable to cross into or out of the restricted movement area.
You no longer need to meet the Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot eligibility rule when both of these apply:
- your state or territory has reached 80% fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine
- we’ve already granted your claim for COVID-19 Disaster Payment for a relevant period which includes the date your state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
You don’t have to take annual leave before you can get this payment. If you choose to take annual leave and it doesn’t cover all the hours of work you’ve lost, you can still get the payment if your leave doesn’t cover 8 hours or a full day of work.
You can check your visa details and conditions, including your right to work in Australia, using the Department of Home Affairs VEVO system.
You must also meet any rules for the COVID-19 health order that affected you. These may be different, depending on the circumstances for each location or movement restriction.
Recognised events are COVID-19 lockdowns, hotspots or periods of restricted movement.
A hotspot is an area of COVID-19 local transmission declared by the Chief Medical Officer. The Department of Health website lists the current hotspots. A state or territory’s COVID-19 hotspot declaration automatically ends when the state or territory reaches 80% fully vaccinated.
Restricted movement is a period when either:
- people must stay at home and can only leave for approved reasons
- there are restrictions on the number of people who can gather in a workplace, including a business.
A full day of your usual work is what you were scheduled to work but could not because of a restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours.
You usually need to be an Australian resident to get a payment from us. We explain how we define an Australian resident.