COVID-19 Disaster Payment


A support payment for workers who could not work due to a state or territory COVID-19 public health order.

Open

What do you get?

A lump sum payment between $200 and $750.

Who is this for?

People who have lost work due to a state or territory COVID-19 public health order.

Overview

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to work or earn income due to a COVID-19 state or territory public health order. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.

The payment depends on location and individual circumstances. There are 3 rates:

  • $200 per week for those who get an eligible income support payment and lost 8 or more hours of work per week or a full day of their usual hours per week.
  • $450 for those who lost at least 8, but less than 20 hours, or a full day of work for that week.
  • $750 for those who lost 20 hours or more of work.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Eligibility rules depend on your location and circumstances, but you must:

  • be 17 years or older
  • be an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • live or work in, or have visited, an area subject to a state or territory public health order
  • be unable to work and have lost income because of the lockdown
  • not be receiving a state pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, or a state small business payment for the same period
  • not have pandemic-related leave entitlements.

Check the full eligibility rules if you’ve been affected by a public health order in any of these areas:

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility rules and how to apply at COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Contact information