Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: 1 million COVID-19 Disaster Payments now granted

30 July 2021

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Services Australia has now granted more than one million COVID-19 Disaster Payment claims, totalling more than $827 million for initial and recurring payments since 1 July 2021.

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC acknowledged the delivery milestone achieved by Services Australia.

“I congratulate Services Australia on their quick and effective delivery of more than one million COVID-19 Disaster Payments to Australians who have lost work due to state government lockdowns,” Minister Reynolds said.

“At every stage of the pandemic, the Morrison Government has stood shoulder to shoulder with Australians.”

The new rate of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment delivers the same level of support as JobKeeper, but is paid more quickly and direct to individuals.

Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said to date more than 680,000 individuals had been supported with COVID Disaster Payments.

“The standard nationalised approach to support communities, businesses and workers is about protecting the livelihoods of our nation,” Minister McKenzie said. 

“We are committed to supporting people through the pandemic who are facing the full impact of COVID lockdowns.

Eligible people can now receive $750 per week if they have lost 20 or more hours of work, and $450 per week if they have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work, or a full day of work.

Eligible people already receiving welfare payments will also receive an extra $200 a week if they have lost more than 8 hours of work.

“Claiming online through myGov remains the easiest way to claim and the majority of people have used this option,” Minister Reynolds said.

“If you can claim online, please do, so the phone lines can support those who need extra assistance.”

More information is available at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment 

Page last updated: 31 July 2021