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Entitlements to financial support (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and chaanges to your payments and services. If you’re in one of the following groups, check if there’s a change for you: 

You can report your income in any of the following ways: 

If there are changes to your circumstances, you can update by using any of the following: 

If you don’t have access to a self-service option please call the Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre. 

 

Economic Support Payment  

If you’re living in Australia and get an eligible payment between 12 March 2020 and 13 April 2020, you’ll receive $750 one off Economic Support Payment. You don’t need to do anything; you’ll be paid automatically. You’ll get the money from 31 March with most getting it by 17 April 2020. 

Eligible payments include: 

  • Age Pension 
  • Disability Support Pension 
  • Carer Payment 
  • Carer Allowance 
  • Parenting Payment 
  • Wife Pension 
  • Widow B Pension 
  • ABSTUDY (Living Allowance) 
  • Austudy 
  • Bereavement Allowance 
  • Newstart Allowance 
  • Youth Allowance 
  • Partner Allowance 
  • Sickness Allowance 
  • Special Benefit 
  • Widow Allowance 
  • Farm Household Allowance 
  • Family Tax Benefit A 
  • Family Tax Benefit B 
  • Double Orphan Pension. 

You’ll also get the payment if you have 1 of the following concession cards: 

  • Pensioner Concession Card 
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card 
  • Veteran Gold Card. 

You’ll also get the payment if you get 1 of the following Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments: 

  • Veteran Service Pension 
  • Veteran Income Support Supplement 
  • Veteran Compensation payments, including lump sum payments 
  • War Widow(er) Pension. 

You’ll only get 1 payment, even if you get more than 1 qualifying payment or card. 

 

Second Economic Support Payment 

If you’re not eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement you may get a second $750 Economic Support Payment paid from 13 July 2020. You may get it if you were eligible on 10 July 2020 for any payments or concession cards that were eligible for the first Economic Support Payment. 

You won’t get this payment if you’re getting the Coronavirus Supplement. 

 

Coronavirus Supplement 

The temporary Coronavirus Supplement will be a fortnightly payment if you’re getting an income support payment. The supplement will be an extra $550 a fortnight on top of your normal payment rate. You don’t need to do anything. You’ll be paid automatically from 27 April 2020 and will continue to be paid each fortnight if you’re eligible for up to 6 months. 

You’ll automatically get the supplement if you’re getting one of these payments: 

  • JobSeeker Payment 
  • Youth Allowance for job seekers 
  • Youth Allowance for students 
  • Austudy for students 
  • ABSTUDY for students 
  • Parenting Payment 
  • Farm Household Allowance 
  • Special Benefit. 

Eligibility for JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance for job seekers will be temporarily expand 

You’ll have access if you’re: 

  • a permanent employee who has been stood down or lost your job 
  • a sole trader, self-employed, a casual or contract worker whose income has reduced 
  • caring for someone who’s affected by coronavirus. 

 

Beware of scams 

You won’t be asked for your bank account or contact details. Find out how to tell the difference between scams and genuine contact. 

 

Information source: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19 

Social Distancing

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing (also called physical distancing). The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

In public

Social distancing in public means people:

  • stay at home unless is absolutely necessary
  • keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • use tap and pay instead of cash
  • travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
  • avoid public gatherings and at risk groups
  • practise good hygiene

See important information on restrictions on public gatherings.

Households

Steps for social distancing in all homes include:

  • stay at home unless going out is absolutely necessary
  • keep visitors to a minimum
  • reduce visits to the shop
  • carefully consider what travel and outings are necessary
  • regularly disinfect surfaces that are touched a lot
  • increase ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjust air conditioning

Keep in touch with others

You can still keep in touch with loved ones while you practise social distancing:

  • use video chats
  • schedule phone calls to chat with others you would normally see
  • use online groups to interact
  • chat with neighbours while keeping 1.5 metres apart
Source: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing-for-coronavirus-covid-19#keep-your-distance

 

COVID-19 Update

 

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information has been prepared by the Australian Government Department of Health in response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). It aims to provide key information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, communities and stakeholders as information changes, or new resources become available. You can share this information with your friends, family and community networks. Visit health.gov.au for more information. 

 

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a sickness that can spread from person to person. It can be dangerous, especially for our Elders, people who are already unwell or people with a chronic health condition. 

The sickness spreads from person to person when people cough or sneeze. Germs can stay on things people touch. Germs can spread fast. 

When a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes, tiny drops of the virus can spread. It can get into the eyes, nose or mouth of people around them, making them sick. Help stop the spread of the virus by keeping your hands away from your face.

It can also spread to things people who have the virus touch. Like a table, door handle or mobile phone. When other people touch those things, they can catch the virus.
 

What are the symptoms?

For some people, the virus will feel a lot like having a cold or flu. People who have the virus may have a high fever, a cough, a sore throat, and feel tired. 

Some people will get better without treatment. For other people the virus can be very dangerous. Especially for Elders and people in our community who have health problems, like bad heart, lungs, kidneys or diabetes. 

For some people the virus can get worse and become a sickness called pneumonia. It causes damage to the lungs and makes it hard to breathe. This can also stop people’s organs working like they should.

We all need to work together to keep our communities safe and stop the spread of the virus. 
 

Staying healthy and strong with good hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze, go to the toilet, and before you make any food.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or elbow, not your hands.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Put your tissues in the bin after you use them and wash your hands after.
  • Clean surfaces often, such as doors, kitchen and bathroom
  • Don’t hug or shake hands with people.
  • If you are sick with a fever, cough or sore throat and feel tired or are having trouble breathing, keep way from people and family in the community and seek medical help.
 

Protecting our communities and Elders

  • Don’t travel to places in your community, or other communities, unless you have to. 
  • Stay at home and away from other people as much as you can. If you are around people, try to stay two meters away from them. That’s two big steps.
 

Staying connected

It’s important we stay connected with family, friends and community.
  • Call people for a yarn on the phone. 
  • Talk to the community and check if they are OK.
  • Talk about the virus and how to stop the spread. 
  • Connect to family and friends on social media.
  • Visit health.gov.au for the latest national medical advice.
  • Call your local Aboriginal Medical Service, or someone you trust in the community if you feel unwell.
  • Call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit niaa.gov.au for information about community closures. 
  • Information about all support available from the Australia Government in response to COVID-19 is available at australia.gov.au.