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Update 13 August

The following document provides a snapshot of some of the most recently announced COVID19 economic assistance packages that have been made available in New South Wales (‘NSW’), Victoria (‘VIC’), South Australia (‘SA’), Queensland (‘QLD’), Western Australia (‘WA’) and the Northern Territory (‘NT’) in response to the recent lockdowns and restrictions (at 10 August 2021).

Importantly, JobKeeper ended on 28 March 2021 and has not been reinstated at this time.


The COVID-19 Disaster Payment was originally announced on 3 June 2021 in response to the May/June 2021 Victorian lockdown (and made applicable to future Commonwealth declared hotspots such as in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia). Its primary aim is to provide weekly assistance to eligible individuals (i.e., eligible full time, part time and casual workers) who have lost hours of paid work due to state imposed health restrictions.

Both the eligibility criteria and the value of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment have been moving targets as it has been applied to subsequent COVID-19 hotspots and the resulting public health orders. How much of the Disaster Payment an individual receives will depend upon factors such as the location of the applicable health order, the period the individual is claiming for and the hours of work they lost. Refer to the Services Australia website for more guidance.

Under the current version of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, eligible recipients generally receive:

  • $750 each week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week (increased from previous amounts of initially $500 and later $600); or

  • $450 each week if a person has lost between 8 and 20 hours of work, or a full day of their