Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: COVID-19 Disaster Payment available for South Tasmania lockdown

16 October 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 has confirmed that eligible workers who live or work in Commonwealth declared pandemic hotspots in Tasmania will be able to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment from Friday 22 October.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said people will be eligible for the payment if their work or income is impacted.

“We understand the impact these restrictions have on people’s ability to earn an income and provide for their family,” Minister 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 the equivalent of a full day of work.

“The payment is available to eligible people who live or work in the Local Government Areas of Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence City, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart City, Huon Valley, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman, and Kingborough.

“The Australian Government continues to support people impacted by lockdowns through the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, which has granted over $11 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, or a full day’s 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 Tasmanians can get ready to claim now by creating a myGov account, if they don’t already have one,” Minister Reynolds said.

“There is no need to contact Services Australia right now. When claims open on Friday 22 October, Tasmanians in the hotspots will be able to claim financial support back to the start of the lockdown.”

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

Page last updated: 16 October 2021