When will the Federal Government's COVID-19 disaster payments end?

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on October 19, 2021
When will the Federal Government's COVID-19 disaster payments end?

With each state and territory surpassing the 70% milestone for first vaccination doses, Australia’s attention now turns to the magical 80% double-vax statistic.

Hitting 80% double vaccination targets in line with the Federal Government’s National Plan means a tapering down of disaster payments over the course of two weeks.

At the conclusion of the two weeks upon initially hitting the 80% milestone for double vaccinations, disaster payments will end.

What does this mean for each state?

New South Wales

Having achieved the 80% double vaccination dose milestone on October 16, disaster payments are scheduled to cease on October 31.

First Week at 80%

NSW is currently within the first week of achieving 80% double vaccinations, ending October 24.

During this time, a $450 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will be provided with a $100 payment if they have lost more than eight hours' work.

Second Week at 80%

The second week following NSW recording 80% double vaccination doses takes place from October 25, up until October 31.

During this time, a $320 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will not be provided with any further disaster payments.

Victoria

Scheduled to reach the target of 80% double vaccination doses on October 31, disaster payments are in line to cease on November 14.

First Week at 80%

Once Victoria reaches the 80% double vaccination target on October 31, the first week of disaster payment support will apply to the period ending November 7.

During this time, a $450 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will be provided with a $100 payment if they have lost more than eight hours' work.

Second Week at 80%

The second week following VIC recording 80% double vaccination doses takes place from November 7, up until November 14.

During this time, a $320 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will not be provided with any further disaster payments.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is the most recent Australian state or territory to reach the 80% double vaccination milestone on October 18.

In line with health orders disaster payments are available until November 1.

First Week at 80%

The ACT is currently within the first week of achieving the 80% double vaccination target, ending October 25.

During this time, a $450 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will be provided with a $100 payment if they have lost more than eight hours' work.

Second Week at 80%

The second week following the ACT recording 80% double vaccination doses, takes place from October 25 until November 1.

During this time, a $320 payment is available for those who have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work, and are not currently receiving an eligible Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) payment.

Residents receiving an eligible Centrelink or DVA payment will not be provided with any further disaster payments.

Tasmania

With health orders enforcing a three-day snap lockdown from October 16 to October 18, disaster payments have been re-introduced for Tasmania residents.

Those who have lost 20 hours of work as a result of the snap lockdown will be eligible to receive a payment of $750 if they have lost 20 or more hours of work.

A $450 payment will be provided to residents if they have lost less than 20 hours of work between October 16 and October 18.

Those affected, can apply for these disaster relief payments through myGov on October 22.

Tasmania is yet to announce when they expect to achieve 80% double vaccination targets, yet prior to the snap lockdown, the state’s residents had no current payments available to them.

Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory

There is no current disaster payment in place from the Federal Government, as no areas have been declared a Commonwealth COVID Hotspot, meaning for these four states and territories, no applications or payments are provided.


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Jacob Cocciolone joined the Savings team in 2021 as a Finance Journalist. Driven by a passion for keeping Australians up to date with the latest financial news and trends, his areas of interest include financial technology, investing, property and motoring.

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