Coronavirus Supplement

On 22 March 2020, the Australian Government announced a temporary Coronavirus Supplement of $550 a fortnight to new and existing income support recipients from 27 April 2020 for six months.

The Coronavirus Supplement is $550 a fortnight ($275 a week) in addition to existing income support payments. There is no assets test or waiting period, but there is an income test. 

Who is eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement?

  • Anyone currently receiving one of these welfare payments
    • JobSeeker Payment (formerly known as the Newstart Allowance)
    • Sickness Allowance
    • Youth Allowance for jobseekers
    • Parenting Payment Partnered
    • Parenting Payment Single
    • Partner Allowance
    • Sickness Allowance
    • Farm Household Allowance
  • Small business owners, sole traders, self-employed people, casuals and contract workers whose income falls below $1,075 a fortnight because of the coronavirus. If you have a business, you must keep operating it while you receive the payment.
  • Carers of someone affected by coronavirus.

How to claim the Coronavirus Supplement

If you're not currently receiving welfare, you need to apply. You can claim online through myGov using a Centrelink online account, or contact Services Australia by phone for more details.

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