COVID-19: Economic support payments for existing recipients of Government Benefits

Key points

  • If you already receive government benefits you may qualify for one or two Coronavirus Economic Support payments of $750 each
  • These payments are being made to existing recipients of a number of government income support benefits. The details are listed below
  • If you are already eligible for these payments you will receive these automatically. You don’t need to do anything
  • The first payment will be made between 12 March 2020 and 13 April 2020. The second payment will be made from 13 July 2020
  • If you start receiving the Coronavirus Supplement you will not receive the second of the Economic Support payments

Eligibility for the Coronavirus Economic Support payments

Eligible recipients of the two support payments include recipients of a wide range of existing benefits including Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Austudy, Abstudy, Newstart Allowance, jobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance, Partner Allowance, Sickness Benefit, Special Benefit, Family Tax Benefit, Veteran Service Pension, Veteran Income Support Supplement, Veteran Compensation payments, War Widow and Widower pensions, Veteran Payment, Farm Household Allowance and holders of Pensioner Concession Cards, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders, Veteran Gold Card.

If you are already receiving any of these benefits you don’t need to do anything. You can concentrate on staying healthy and other important things and your additional payment should start automatically.

If you start receiving the Coronavirus Supplement you will not receive the second Economic Support Payment.

More information on the Coronavirus Economic Support payments is available from Services Australia

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