Cash payments are available to Australians who lose income as a result of a lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movements.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a payment for workers who have been adversely affected by a state public health order.

This is a lump-sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment can help you when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than 7 days. You can’t get this payment for the first 7 days of an event.

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Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment?

You must meet all eligibility rules to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. You can get it even if you’re eligible on only one day of the relevant event dates.

To get the payment, you need to meet the general eligibility rules and any rules for the COVID-19 health order that affected you.

If you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to make separate claims.

You can get this payment even if you’re eligible on only one day of a recognised COVID-19 period of restricted movement, lockdown or hotspot.

Australian residents must claim online. The quickest and simplest way to claim is online, with most online claims paid within 24 hours.

How much can you get from the Disaster Payment?

The Australian Government will pay you the COVID-19 Disaster Payment for each recognised lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement in your area. How much you get depends on your situation.

A payment of $600 will be made available to workers across the state who lose more than 20 hours during the period of the lockdown. People who have lost between eight hours and 20 hours will also be eligible for payments of $375. For more information about the payment, click here.

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