Due to COVID-19 Community residents are strongly urged
to stay in their community to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Centrelink Assistance available

Intent to Claim

Centrelink now has an ‘intent to claim’ button on the MyGov website. You can click on this button to start an application for a new Centrelink payment. Then a Centrelink staff member will contact you if you have a phone or tablet, to finish the claim. All payments will be backdated to 23rd March 2020.

If you are in a remote community and don’t have a phone or tablet, go into a Centrelink agent and ask for help.

Economic Support Payments

Everyone getting theCentrelink payments below will receive a $750 one-off Economic Support Payment.

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Carer Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Wife Pension
  • ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
  • Austudy
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Youth Allowance
  • Partner Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Family Tax Benefit A
  • Family Tax Benefit B
  • Double Orphan Pension.
  • Widow Allowance

This will be paid automatically and will go into your account between 31 March 2020 – 17 April 2020.

Some people will get a second $750 Economic Support Payment from 13 July 2020.
You won’t receive the Economic Support Payment if you’re receiving the Coronavirus Supplement.


Temporary Fortnightly Coronavirus Supplement:

A temporary fortnightly $550 Coronavirus Supplement will be paid from 27 April 2020 for up to 6 months, if you’re getting one of the payments below:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance for job seekers
  • Youth Allowance for students and apprentices
  • Austudy for students and apprentices
  • ABSTUDY for students getting Living Allowance
  • Parenting Payment partnered and single
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Special Benefit.

More measures to access payments:

Centrelink is expanding eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance for job seekers to make it easier to claim.

There will be quicker access to payments if you’re:

• A permanent employee who has been stood down or lost your job
• A sole trader, self-employed, a casual or contract worker whose income has gone down
• Caring for someone who’s affected by coronavirus.

Asset testing will be waived from 27 April for 6 months, except for Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit, income testing will still apply.

The waiting period for payments has been suspended for 3 months, starting on 12 March 2020.
If you’re able to get the Coronavirus Supplement Centrelink will also waive the liquid asset test waiting period (that means they won’t look at how much money you have in your bank right now)

Income maintenance and compensation preclusion periods will continue to apply, if you are accessing employer entitlements, such as annual leave or sick leave, or income protection insurance at the same time as getting JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance for job seekers.


Crisis Payment

You can get Crisis Payment if you need to self-isolate, are in severe financial hardship and you can get an income support payment. This is a one off payment equal to a week’s pay of the income support payment you are on or would be on

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/more-financial-support-people-affected-coronavirus