COVID-19 Disaster Payment was introduced in June 2021 as a temporary payment for people who lost work due to a COVID-19 state public health order. The recurring weekly payment supports people who are impacted by extended periods of lockdown, hotspots and movement restrictions. It is also available to people who supplement their income support payments by working.
About COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone living in Australia. If an individual chooses not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, their eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected.
What is COVID-19 Disaster Payment?
COVID-19 Disaster Payment is available to people affected by a COVID-19 state public health order who have lost hours of work. The payment supports people who are impacted by extended weekly periods of lockdown, hotspots, and movement restrictions.
People who get an income support payment, such as JobSeeker Payment, and have lost work due to a COVID-19 state or territory public health order are eligible to claim the weekly $200 COVID-19 Disaster Payment. Claimants must also be aged 17 and over.
Eligible people in South East Queensland can claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment from 8 am Saturday 7 August 2021.
Queenslanders who get a Centrelink payment who have lost work due to the current lockdown may be able to get a COVID-19 Disaster Payment.