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.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment
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.
$200 COVID-19 Disaster Payment
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.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment: South East Queensland
Eligible people in South East Queensland can claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment from 8 am Saturday 7 August 2021.
$200 COVID-19 Disaster Payment: South East Queensland
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.
$200 COVID-19 Disaster Payment: NSW
The Australian Government has announced a new measure to support people who get a Centrelink payment who have lost work due to the COVID-19 state public health order.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment: Increase to payment rates
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Melbourne man charged with fraudulently claiming more than $18 thousand in welfare payments
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
This is a joint release between the Australian Federal Police and Services Australia.
A 34-year-old Melbourne man accused of fraudulently accessing Commonwealth welfare payments and other Federal Government grants appeared before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday (30 November 2020) on 6 fraud-related offences.