Canberra joined millions of other residents in lockdown as of 5pm yesterday, meaning nearly half a million more Australians will soon be eligible for the lockdown payments.
“Claims for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment for people in the ACT affected by the lockdown will open on 20 August,” said Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Bridget McKenzie.
ACT residents who lose 20 or more hours of work will be eligible to receive $750 a week, while those who lose between eight and less than 20 hours of work will get $450 a week.
Claims will open next Friday, and the quickest and easiest way to claim will be through myGov, said Government Services Minister Linda Reynolds.
“There’s no need to contact Services Australia right now. When claims open on 20 August, you’ll be able to claim financial support back to the start of the lockdown.”
Canberra is the latest to join the growing list of regions across Australia that have been forced into lockdown to contain the highly contagious Delta strain.
Parts of Queensland also entered into lockdown earlier this month and will be able to claim their payments from next Monday.
Here’s a breakdown of which states are eligible for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment:
With the southern state's sixth lockdown now extended, eligible residents in Victoria are able to claim the lockdown payment.
However, there are different payment periods, given that Victoria’s fifth and sixth lockdown were only a week apart.
But since Victoria is in lockdown again, you’re officially able to claim your disaster payment for the August lockdown as of today.
Parts of Queensland have been in lockdown since July. However, as of 4pm Wednesday (11 August) this week, the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs have been lifted from lockdown.
So this means what you can claim is dependent on where you lived or worked during the relevant lockdown periods.
South Australians have been lifted from their six-day lockdown that happened at the end of July.
So if you lost work between 21 July to 27 July, you’re still able to claim a disaster payment for this period.
ACT residents went into lockdown just yesterday afternoon, so you’re not able to claim for the payments just yet.
You can start applying from 20 August.
What other payments are there?
Other than the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, there may be more payments you’re eligible for:
State isolation payments: For instance, some states provide a one-off self-isolation payment for those waiting for COVID-19 results to come back.
$1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments: If you’ve been specifically instructed by a health authority to stay home because you’ve got COVID-19, you’re a close contact, or if you need to quarantine for 14 days and you’ve lost work, you may be eligible for this lump sum.
What if I’m on Centrelink?
But you must have lost at least 8 hours of work to be eligible for the $200 boost.
Before the $200 boost was announced, anyone receiving any government income support, even if it was $1, was completely excluded from receiving the disaster payments.
What about business payments?
While payments to individuals will be funded by the Commonwealth, each state has offered their own business support packages, so what you’re eligible for will differ according to which state or territory you live in.