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JULY 2021


Lock-downs: What help is available?

 

COVID-19 disaster payment

The COVID-19 disaster payment is available to eligible workers who can’t attend work or who have lost income because of a lockdown and don’t have access to appropriate paid leave entitlements. And it only applies from the eighth day of lockdown. That is, there is nothing you can claim for the first week of a lockdown.

 

The payment amount depends on how many hours of work you have lost in the lockdown period (week).

 

The payment is available if you are not earning an income or have lost work and you:

  • Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or temporary visa holder who has the right to work in Australia
  • Are aged 17 years or over
  • Can’t attend work and lost income on or after day 8 of a COVID-19 lockdown
  • Don’t have access to appropriate paid leave entitlements through your employer (other than annual leave)
  • Are not getting an income support payment, a state or territory pandemic payment, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or state small business payment for the same period

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