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COVID-19 Disaster Payment support for Individuals

You may be eligible for a payment if you were adversely affected by the recent lockdown.

You’re eligible even if you meet the criteria for only one day during a payment period.

If you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to make separate claims.

To get the payment, you need to meet all eligibility rules that apply.

This includes all of these rules:

  • 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’re not getting an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay
  • you’re not getting the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state or territory pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • you’ve lost income on or after day 6 and don’t have any appropriate paid leave entitlements.

You can check your visa details and conditions, including your right to work in Australia, using the Department of Home Affair’s VEVO system.

You must also meet any rules for the COVID-19 health order that affected you. These may be different, depending on the circumstances for each location or movement restriction.

Recognised events are COVID-19 lockdowns, hotspots or periods of restricted movement.

A hotspot is an area of COVID-19 local transmission declared by the Chief Medical Officer. The Department of Health website lists the current hotspots.

Lockdown is a period of restricted movement when people must stay at home and can only leave for approved reasons.

 

The amount of COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Victoria you can get depends on your situation.

How much you get depends on all of the following:

  • the location of the health order
  • the period you’re claiming for
  • the hours of work you lost.

You’ll get the appropriate payment amount for each payment period you’re eligible for.

You can use our table to look up the amounts for each payment period.

Period data range Amount if you lost less than 20 hours work that week Amount if you lost 20 hours or more that week
16 July to 22 July 2021 $375 $600
23 July to 27 July 2021 $375 $600

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 can check the key eligibility dates for locations in Victoria.

Include the income as part of your tax return

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a taxable payment. The Government can’t withhold tax from your COVID-19 Disaster Payment but you’ll need to include it in your income tax return.

Please contact your STS Accountant or our office if you have questions about eligibility or assistance including your previous payments in your 2020/21 tax return.