Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: COVID-19 Disaster Payment available for Katherine NT

6 November 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 Liberal and Nationals Government has confirmed the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be available from 12 November 2021 for eligible workers who live or work in the Commonwealth declared hotspot of the Municipality of Katherine.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment has supported Australians in lockdown throughout the pandemic, with more than $12 billion in support paid across the nation.

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.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government understands the impact the pandemic has had on the lives and livelihoods of Australians which is why we are committed to supporting Northern Territorians who have lost income or hours of work due to restrictions,” 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 Municipality of Katherine - including Tindal.”

People currently getting 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 other eligibility requirements.

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 is no need to contact Services Australia right now. When claims open on Friday 12 November, you’ll 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 available on the Services Australia website at: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

Page last updated: 6 November 2021