From today, if you catch COVID-19 you will no longer be able to access the Federal Government’s COVID-19 disaster payment.
The $750 payment was available to Aussies who were not able to work due to catching the virus.
The Morrison government had announced the payment would stop being available on June 30, and the Albanese Government pushed ahead with that plan.
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The payments cost the Government close to $1.9 billion since being rolled out in August 2020.
Although the payment will no longer be available to those who catch COVID-19 from today, anyone who began their isolation period on or before June 30 will still be eligible to apply until July 13.
Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt said continuing the payment at this stage was not necessary.
"We are now in a new, different phase of pandemic management, where we live with community transmission.”
Watt said the Government needed to focus on reducing debt.
"We inherited a budget with a trillion dollars of debt, so keeping to the plan of letting these payments expire two-and-a-half years into the pandemic is the responsible thing to do," he said.
What payments are still available?
You must be all of the following to be eligible:
Receiving, or are eligible for, an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
In severe financial hardship
Able to provide the right kind of evidence to support your claim.