Media release: Victorian COVID-19 Disaster Payment update
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Services Australia staff are working across the weekend to process COVID-19 Disaster Payment claims as quickly as possible.
Since claims opened yesterday, more than 84,000 Victorians have already sought support.
The fastest and easiest way to claim is online through myGov, with more than 90% of claims being made this way.
For those who need extra support, Services Australia phone lines are open to Victorian and NSW residents, from 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday (24 and 25 July).
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is available to help people whose income or hours of work have been impacted by the current lockdown.
Eligible people will receive $600 per week if they have lost 20 or more hours of work, and $375 per week if they have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work, or a full day of work.
The payment is now recurring, with people paid automatically in any additional weeks of lockdown.
It is important that people tell Services Australia about changes in their circumstances, such as if they return to work or get a new job.
More information about financial support available to Victorians, and how to claim, is online at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment