Media release: More NSW communities eligible to claim COVID-19 Disaster Payment from today
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Claims can now be made for the Liberal and Nationals Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment for those eligible in the Commonwealth declared hotspots areas of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong.
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, explained the COVID-19 Disaster Payment is to help NSW workers who have lost their income due to the state imposed health restrictions.
“If you are eligible and have lost 20 hours or more of work you will be paid $500. If you have lost less than 20 hours you will get $325,” Minister McKenzie said.
“To be eligible, you must not have liquid assets of more than $10,000, such as money in the bank, and you cannot be getting other support payments.”
Minister for Government Services, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, says it’s quick and simple to claim online and people in NSW are already benefitting from the payment.
“When you lodge a claim through myGov, you’ll be sent an SMS confirmation - you don’t need to do anything else,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Once your claim is approved you’ll get your COVID-19 Disaster Payment the next business day.
“Since claiming opened to parts of Sydney on Thursday, over 12,200 NSW residents have already been paid a COVID-19 Disaster Payment, totalling more than $5.8 million.”
Eligible visa holders can lodge a claim by calling Services Australia on 180 22 66. Phone lines are open 9am to 4pm this weekend and 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Anyone who’s attempted to lodge prior to the date they became eligible will need to lodge a new claim. Payments will also be backdated to the date someone first became eligible, rather than the date the claim was lodged.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, JobSeeker Payment and the Crisis Payment for National Health Emergency are also available to eligible people across NSW.
More information on the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and other available supports is available at servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19