The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will be available to eligible Canberrans impacted by today’s announcement of a 7-day lockdown in the ACT.

Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said the payment provides some certainty for Canberrans who have their hours of work impacted by the announcement.

“Today’s news will be difficult for individuals, families and business owners across the Territory,” Senator Seselja said.

“We will stand by Canberrans throughout this lockdown. While this will be a challenging period ahead, I know that together we can beat this virus.”

“I implore all Canberrans to book a vaccination appointment if you are eligible, and ensure you are following the health directions. By doing so we are keeping ourselves, our families, and our community safe.” 

Payments for individuals include:

  • $750 per week if 20 or more hours of work have been lost;
  • $450 per week if between eight and less than 20 hours of work have been lost; and
  • $200 additional payment for individuals currently receiving an income support payment if they have lost eight hours or more of work.

“Application for the payments will open on Friday 20 August and will be paid in arrears. The fastest and easiest way to claim these payments will be through your myGov account.”

“This is difficult news today for Canberrans, and particularly Canberra businesses already doing it tough.”

“The Commonwealth stands ready to deliver a dedicated ACT Business Support Package on a 50-50 funding basis with the ACT Government. Discussions between both Governments are ongoing.”

More information about financial support available to Canberrans and how to claim will be available on the Services Australia website at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

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