Update: Temporary COVID Disaster Payment

The Federal Government has today announced a Temporary COVID Disaster Payment for individuals who are unable to work and unable to earn an income as a result of State health COVID-19 restrictions.

The payment is provided on a week by week basis in the amount of $500 for people in designated COVID-19 hot spots who normally work more than 20 hours a week and $325 for those who normally work less than 20 hours a week.

To be eligible for the payment, a person must satisfy the following:-

  1. Be aged 17 or over and be an Australian resident or permitted to work in Australia;
  2. Not already be receiving an income support payment or pandemic payment such as JobSeeker; and
  3. Must declare a loss of income for the relevant period and declare that they have liquid assets of less than $10,000.00.

Victorians eligible for the payment will be able to apply for the payment from Centrelink from Monday 7 June 2021.

This payment will apply only to lockdowns that go beyond 7 days and will presumably apply to all future lockdowns in Australia. There will be no amounts paid through this scheme for the first 7 days of any lockdown, including the current one.

The Federal Government has said that they are in discussion with the Victorian Government about how other support for Victorians, including business support, will be shared between the two governments.

The Acting Premier did refer in the press conference this morning to a possible payments scheme to regional Victoria for accommodation and tourism losses that may be incurred over the next week and over the long weekend. Details are yet to be advised.

As always our office will monitor changes in the situation, provide further updates, and address any queries you may have.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.