COVID19 and Current Payments

COVID19 Continues to impact so many through restrictions, lockdowns and lost income. In 2020, we saw the Government introduce JobKeepers and increase the JobSeeker payments. However, in the current 2021 conditions, we have seen Government relief for some with the following payments.

For Business:

  • 2021 COVID19 Business Grant - A one-off payment of $7,500 to $15,000

  • Microbusiness Grant - $1,500 per fortnight payment

  • Jobsaver - $1,500 to $10,000 per fortnight payment

We recommend businesses seek advice from their accountants of their eligibility and the impact on their business.

For Individuals, Centrelink are offering relief to eligible clients with the:

  • COVID19 Disaster Payment - This starts at $200 per week for those on certain income payments but can be as high as $750 per week.

  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - $1,500 payment per fortnight of isolation or caring for someone insolation.

We have provided more details on these below.

If you and your clients need longer term financial help, you could consider other payments:

  • JobSeeker Payment

  • Youth Allowance

  • Parenting Payments

The payment you may be able to get depends on your situation. The eligibility rules are different for each payment.

More assistance, like the one-off Crisis payment, may be available for those in severe financial hardship (basically low to no available cash) and extreme circumstances.

If you’re in a COVID-19 hotspot, lockdown or period of restricted movement, you may be able to get the COVID-19 Disaster Payment if:

  • You had paid employment and because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot or are subject to restricted movement, you can’t attend work

  • Your hours are reduced by 8 or more.

The payment you receive will be dependent on your state, the affected dates, your available cash in some circumstances and if you are already receiving a Centrelink benefit.

For those already on a Centrelink benefit, they may receive $200 per week.

While those not on a Centrelink benefit could receive up to $450 for 8 to 20 hours of lost work. And up to $750 per week for more than 20 hours of lost work.

You don't need to reapply for each period you are eligible for the payment, just update Centrelink as your situation changes.

You may be able to get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if you can’t work and either:

  • Are not receiving the COVID 19 Disaster payment

  • a state or territory health official has told you to isolate or quarantine because you’re a close contact of a confirmed case or have COVID-19

  • you’re caring for someone with COVID-19.

  • You can’t get this payment if you’re getting an income support payment.

Our Claiming Tips

It is pretty easy to claim and we are finding most clients just need assistance to set up their MyGov and linking their Centrelink service (maybe not always an easy task).

  1. Sign in to myGov and select Apply for support from the Government support for coronavirus alert.

  2. Under Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), select Get started.

  3. Select Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

  4. Answer the eligibility and claim questions.

  5. Submit your claim.

For more assistance, we recommend your clients visit the below Services Australia link or speak to Centrelink about their circumstances. AdviceLink can assist with administration of claims, getting your clients the right benefit and keeping you and them up to date.

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