COVID-19: Income assistance for individuals – updated

Updated: 1 August 2021

Key points

  • JobKeeper payments have now ceased (28 March 2021) 
  • The Coronavirus Supplement has also ceased (31 March 2021)
  • If your work is impacted by a Commonwealth declared COVID-19 hotspot you may be entitled to a COVID-19 Disaster Payment
  • If you cant work because you are required to isolate or quarantine or to care for someone with COVID-19 you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
  • A range of other support options are available including Crisis Payment and Crisis Payment for National Health Emergency (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The amount of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment depends on the time period you are claiming for, the number of hours of work you lost per week during the claim period and whether you already receive income support payments from Centrelink.

The payment is now $450 per week if you lost less than 20 hours work in the week and $750 per week if you lost more than 20 hours work in the week. 

If you already receive  and income support payment from Centrelink the payment is $200 per week on top of your normal payment.

The payments have increased over the past couple of months so you should check the details of your entitlement on the Services Australia website here

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

If you are directed to isolate or quarantine by a health official or you are required to do so to care for someone who has COVID-19 you may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. This payment is $1500 per 14 days you are required to isolate or quarantine.

Staying up to date

As the pandemic develops these arrangements are subject to change. We will do our best to keep this page up to date so we suggest you check back regularly. You can also stay up to date on government websites. The key sites are:

Federal Government Individual and Household Support

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This summary has been prepared by MoneyBrilliant Pty Ltd (AFSL 492711, ACL 493068). The information in this summary is of a factual nature only. We are not suggesting or recommending that you take any particular course of action in relation to any financial product or service. It does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives. If you need financial advice or taxation advice you should seek advice from a licensed financial adviser or tax agent. You may also be able to access additional information from the websites of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the relevant product providers.

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