COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Not Receiving Centrelink Payments

COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Not Receiving Centrelink Payments

If you lost work or income during the COVID-19 restrictions in South East Queensland from July 2021 or Cains and Yarrabah from August 2021, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. 

If you visited any of these LGAs during the relevant periods and were then subject to a restricted movement order as a result, you may also be eligible. 

Eligibility Requirements 

You are eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you were affected for 1 or more days, and you lost a minimum 8 hours work.  

If you’re a sole trader, you should check to see if you’re eligible for your state or territory’s COVID-19 business support payment first. 

You can only receive the COVID-19 Disaster Payment or a state or territory business support payment per relevant period, not both. You need to decide which payment is best for you. 

To receive the payment, you must have lost a minimum 8 hours work and meet all eligibility rules that apply, including. 

  • you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia 
  • you’re 17 years or older 
  • you didn’t get an income support payment, Dad and Partner Pay, Parental Leave Pay or ABSTUDY Living Allowance during the same period 
  • you didn’t get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period 
  • you lost income and didn’t have any pandemic-related paid leave entitlements. 
  • you lived in, worked from or visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot that is subject to a state restricted movement order 
  • you have been unable to earn your usual income of 8 hours or more, or a full day’s work because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot and were subject to restricted movement 
  • A full day of your usual work is what you were scheduled to work but could not because of a restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours. 
  • you’re not getting your usual income and your employer is not getting Retaining Domestic Airline Capability payments on your behalf. 

Where you chose to take annual leave during the lockdown period, you will be ineligible for this payment as you would not have lost income. 

Payment Amount 

Where you meet all eligibility requirements, you will receive the following: 

Hours of Work Lost per Week Payment Rate per Week 
0 – < 8 Hours $0 
8 – < 20 hours $450 
20 Hours + $750 

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is tax free income. You don’t need to include it in your tax return. 

Claiming the Payment: 

In order to claim the payment, you will need to apply through Centrelink through your MyGov Account. 

If you are unsure of your eligibility and would discuss your situation in more detail, please don’t hesitate in contacting us on 07 3209 4088.