Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a "temporary COVID disaster payment" for those in greater Melbourne who have lost work due to the lockdown.

What this means for you:

  • People over the age of 17 who usually work more than 20 hours a week will be eligible for a payment of $500.

  • People over the age of 17 who usually work less than 20 hours a week will be eligible for a payment of $325.

To be eligible:

  • A person must:

    • Declare they would have had work if the lockdown had not been imposed and therefore lost income.

    • Have insufficient leave entitlements such as pandemic sick leave - (does not include annual leave).

    • Have less than $10,000 in liquid assets.

    • Be an Australian resident or holder of a visa class permitted to work in Australia.

People who are receiving other kinds of support payments from the Commonwealth e.g. JobSeeker, will not be eligible to access the payment.

The payment system forms part of a new "national framework" that will be available to other states if they're declared a Commonwealth hotspot and a lockdown is needed for more than a week.

How to apply:


If you need someone to talk to or someone to help you work out your next steps, the Sonder team are available 24/7 via chat or phone.

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