COVID-19 payments available to Queenslanders

Queenslanders whose hours of work have been impacted by the current lockdown will be able to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

This decision follows the lockdown of the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Region, Redland City, Logan City, City of Ipswich, Shire of Noosa, City of Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley Region, Scenic Rim Region, Somerset Region and Sunshine Coast Region Local Government Areas.

Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations, and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker said the Australian Government is committed to standing with Australians as we make our way through the global pandemic.

“Eligible people will receive $750 per week if they have lost 20 or more hours of work, and $450 per week if they have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work, or a full day of work,” Senator Stoker said.

“The payment will be available to eligible people who live or work in the hotspot areas across the 11 local government sites affected in South East Queensland, or who have visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot.

“Eligible people will be back-paid to the start of the lockdown.”

People who currently receive an income support payment can also claim to receive a payment of $200 if they have lost more than 8 hours of work and meet the other eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. This payment is additional to their regular income support payment.

The fastest and easiest way to claim is through a myGov account. More information about financial support available to Queenslanders and how to claim will be available on the Services Australia website at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

The Disaster Payment Access follows the announcement earlier today about additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) being made available for GPs, community pharmacies and other healthcare providers across Queensland who need to see their patients within their practices.

Health professionals in these areas are able to request a package of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) through their local Primary Health Network (PHN) from an initial allocation of up to:

  • 725,000 surgical masks;
  • 725,000 N95 masks;
  • 175,000 pairs of gloves;
  • 175,000 gowns; and
  • 175,000 goggles.

These items will be made available through the five PHNs relevant to the Commonwealth hotspot, namely:

  • Brisbane North;
  • Brisbane South;
  • Darling Downs and West Moreton;
  • Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast; and
  • Gold Coast.

These packages will assist to further suppress the COVID-19 infection rate occurring across Queensland and builds on the recent commitment to support New South Wales and Victoria.