If you are a worker affected by a state public health order you may be eligible for a COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help workers when COVID-19 restrictions last for more than seven days. This includes a public health lockdown, a period of restricted movement or a declared COVID-19 hotspot.
Who can get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment?
To receive the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, you must meet the eligibility requirements, which include:
- Live or work in a Commonwealth declared COVID-19 hotspot
- Are in paid employemnet and cannot attend work and lost income on or after day 8 of COVID-19 restrictions
- Have no entitlement to relevant paid leave or have exhausted their entitlement
- Are an Australian resident or hold an eligible working visa;
- Are aged 17 years or older
You do not need to have lost all your hours to be eligible for this payment, you only need to have met the hours lost requirement for each payment.
Workers cannot receive payment if they are receiving any income support payment or the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for the same period;
Each State affected also has specific rules for eligibility, which outline the specific areas of the state in which you must work, reside or have visited in order to be eligible for payment and the dates for which you are eligible to claim. New sections are added as lockdowns begin in new states. You can still claim for past periods in states where lockdowns have ended. The current rules can be found at: Victoria, NSW, SA.
How much is the payment?
Payment varies based on the location and hours of work lost.
For SA and VIC if claiming for the most recent (now ended) lockdowns, you can claim $375 per week if you lost between 8 and 20 hours of work and $600 for weeks in which you lost 20 hours or more.
In NSW, amounts vary based on location and time period, ranging from $325 for the lower payment and $500 for the higher payment for the first weeks of lockdown (8 July to 14 July) through to $450 and $750 respectively for future weeks.
How to claim a payment?
For Australian residents, the payment can be claimed online through your myGov account.
If you are an Eligible working visa holder, you will need to call Services Australia on 180 22 66 to make your claim.
Funding for this factsheet was provided by:
- the Victorian Government as part of the uTech project; and
- the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Please note that the information given here is general information only and is not legal advice. For further assistance, it is recommended you speak to your union.