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This Coronavirus Supplement will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the eligible payment categories. 

From 1 January 2021, the pay rate will be $150 per fortnight until 31 March 2021.

From 1 April 2021, your payment will change to the normal payment rate for your situation.


You can get financial assistance for coronavirus if you get an eligible income support payment.

You’ll automatically get the supplement if you’re getting 1 of the following payments:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Special Benefit

How to claim

The supplement will be paid as part of your regular payment. This applies as long as you get $1 of an eligible income support payment.

Find out more about applying for income support and the Coronavirus Supplement