Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: COVID-19 Disaster Payments available for NT lockdowns

18 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 Government Services
Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Senator Dr Sam McMahon
Senator for the Northern Territory

The Australian Government has confirmed eligible workers that live or work in Commonwealth declared pandemic hotspots in the Northern Territory can claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment from 25 August.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said those eligible 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.

“We understand the pressure and anxiety lockdowns cause, along with the impact these restrictions have on people’s ability to earn an income and provide for their family,” Minister McKenzie said.

“That is why the Australian Government continues to support people impacted by lockdowns through the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, which has granted more than $2.9 billion in support to date nationally.”

People currently receiving an income support payment can also claim an extra payment of $200 if they have lost 8 hours or more of work and meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the quickest and easiest way to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment is online through myGov.

“Eligible Territorians can get ready to claim now by creating a myGov account if they don’t already have one,” Minister Reynolds said.

“There’s no need to contact Services Australia right now. When claims open on 25 August, you’ll be able to claim financial support back to the start of the lockdown.”

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the Commonwealth’s support would enable people in the Top End to stay at home during the lockdown, and that payments are available from 25 August, paid in arrears.

“We’re committed to supporting people in the Northern Territory who live or work in Commonwealth declared hotspots through the COVID-19 Disaster Payment,” Senator McMahon said.

“We know people in the Top End are doing it tough, which is why we’ll also continue to work closely with the Gunner Government to ensure that people have the support they need to adhere to the Territory’s public health orders.”

More information about the COVID-19 Disaster Payment including how to claim is online at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

Page last updated: 18 August 2021