Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: More support for Victorians in lockdown

6 August 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

The Australian Government continues to support Australians through lockdowns, confirming COVID-19 Disaster Payments will be available to eligible workers in Victoria.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said eligible workers in Victoria whose income or hours of work have been impacted by the lockdown announced yesterday will soon be able to claim for financial support.

“We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Australians as we make our way through this pandemic. Eligible people will get $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 are currently getting an income support payment and have lost more than 8 hours of work may be eligible to claim an extra payment of $200, as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.”

Minister for Government Services, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said eligible Victorians will be able to claim from next Friday 13 August 2021.

“There’s no need to contact Services Australia right now. Once claiming opens you’ll be able to claim financial support back to the start of the lockdown,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The fastest and easiest way to claim is online via myGov. Victorians can get ready to claim now by creating a myGov account if they don’t already have one.

“Services Australia has so far granted more than 1.5 million claims for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, totalling more than $1.46 billion – with most people receiving their payment within one business day.”

“In line with recent announcements, the Australian Government is pausing all Centrelink debt raising and new debt recovery in locked down Local Government Areas,” Minister Reynolds said.

Information about financial support available to Victorians, and how to claim, will be available on Services Australia’s website soon at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

Page last updated: 6 August 2021