Media release: COVID-19 support for Queensland
Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Queenslanders whose income or hours of work have been impacted by the lockdown announced today will be able to claim COVID-19 Disaster Payments.
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said people may be eligible if they’ve been affected by extended lockdowns.
“Eligible people will 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,” Minister McKenzie said.
“People who currently receive an income support payment can also claim to receive an extra payment of $200 if they have lost more than 8 hours of work and meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.
“We stand with Australians as we make our way through the global pandemic.”
Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said further information will be made available when claims open and there is no need to contact Services Australia at this time.
“The best thing you can do to get ready is set up your myGov account so you’ll be able to claim quickly and easily online,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Services Australia has so far granted more than 1.1 million claims for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment to people in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, totalling more than $928 million.
“The payment will be available to eligible people who live or work in Queensland, or have visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot.
“Eligible people will be back-paid to the start of the lockdown.”
More information about financial support available to Queenslanders and how to claim, will be available on the Services Australia website at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment