Temporary Covid19 Disaster Payment

05 June 2021

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Australian residents, permanent residents and eligible working visa-holders can receive the new Temporary COVID19 Disaster Payment. Non-protected Special Category visa-holders residing in Australia should be eligible for payments subject to meeting the other eligibility criteria. You do not need to be a Protected Special Category Visa-holder.

Victorians can setup their Services Australia account now and be ready to apply for the payment on Tuesday 8 June 2021. It can take several hours to set up an account.

Temporary COVID19 Disaster Payment

03 June 2021

The Australian government have announced a temporary COVID19 disaster payment for the people who suffer a loss of income due to a snap lockdown in the states or territories.

The new payment will help Victorian workers who are unable to earn income due to the current lockdown restrictions. Please note that it does not cover the first seven days of the lockdown.

Set up your Centrelink online account now through myGov to claim this payment from Tuesday 8 June 2021.

You must meet all of the following:

  • be an Australian resident, permanent resident or eligible working visa holder
  • live or work in a Commonwealth declared hotspot
  • be unable to work and earn income as a result of a state lockdown
  • be where the lockdown is for more than seven days
  • have liquid assets of $10,000 or less.

You need to have used up other pandemic state based entitlements and all leave entitlements except annual leave.

Eligible workers will receive one payment for each period of lockdown. You’ll get either:

  • $325 if you’ve lost 20 hours or less of work
  • $500 if you’ve lost 21 hours or more of work.

You can’t get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’re getting income support payments, a Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or business support payments.

Find out more about the Covid19 Disaster Payment from Services Australia.


Read the full government Media Statement

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