Qld COVID Relief

The state government has announced that it will provide fully-funded income support payments to eligible workers in Queensland who live or work in State Government declared hotspots and who have lost work due to a public health order. The type of payment you  get depends on if you get an eligible Centrelink payment or not.


The federal government has enhanced its COVID -19 Disaster payment which is now available for each recognised lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement in a particular area.

If eligible, for each relevant period workers (and both members of a couple) can receive:

  • $450 if they have lost less than 20 hours of work per week
  • $750 if they have lost 20 hours or more of work per week

There are two relevant periods you can claim for:

1. 1 to 7 August 2021

2. 8 August 

General eligibility criteria to be met:

  • You are an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • You are aged 17 years or older
  • You are not receiving an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Dad and Partner Pay or Parental Leave Pay
  • You are not receiving the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, a state or territory pandemic payment or a state small business payment for the same period
  • You have lost income and don’t have any appropriate paid leave entitlements (appropriate paid leave entitlement must be used before you can get the COVID-19 Disaster payment)

For Queenslanders, claims can be made from 7 August  via Services Australia and myGov.  Payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown.

Please visit the Services Australia website here for details to make your claim.