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Changes to Australian Government COVID-19 payments

Changes continue to come through for the Australian Government’s coronavirus support payments. Both JobKeeper and the Coronavirus Supplement have been extended, though the rates will go down, and the Supplement may be extended again up until 31 March 2021. There also hasn’t been an end date given for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments.

Coronavirus Supplement

The Coronavirus Supplement has already been extended once and may be extended further until 31 March 2021.

Currently, the supplement is paid to eligible people on income support at $250 a fortnight up until 31 December 2020. However, if proposed legislation passes, the payment could be extended at the lower rate of $150 a fortnight from 21 January until 31 March 2021.

The supplement goes to anyone receiving any of the following payments:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Special Benefit.

JobKeeper Payment

Eligibility rules for the JobKeeper Payment changed on 28 September 2020. Businesses will need to check and prove that they’re still eligible. The JobKeeper Payment has been extended until 28 March 2021. The payment rate also changed and will change again in January.

On 28 September 2020, the JobKeeper Payment changed to $1,200 a fortnight for people working at least 20 hours a week, and $750 a fortnight for those working less than 20 hours a week.

On 4 January 2021, the JobKeeper Payment will change again to $1,000 a fortnight for people working at least 20 hours a week and $650 a fortnight for those working less than 20 hours a week.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is to help support you if you can't go to work and earn an income because you must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.

It's a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is for people in:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia.

You can find out more about the payments that are available on the Services Australia website.

Date
24 November 2020
Category
Payments
State
Applies to all states