Over the next six months, the Commonwealth Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus Supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.
The temporary Coronavirus Supplement will be a fortnightly payment on top of your new or existing income support payment.
You’ll automatically get the supplement if you’re getting one of these payments:
- JobSeeker Payment
- Youth Allowance for job seekers
- Parenting Payment
- Farm Household Allowance
- Special Benefit.
In addition, you may receive a one-off payment of $750 from the Commonwealth Government and a one-off payment of $500 from the South Australian Government.
If you aren’t already receiving a payment, you can register your intent to claim by visiting the Services Australia
website. Your payments, if approved, will be backdated to this initial registration date.
The Coronavirus Supplement will be automatically applied to payments from 27 April 2020.
For more information, visit Increased and accelerated income support