How to claim your support payment

If you are not across the coronavirus support package that passed through Parliament on Monday night, here’s what you need to know.

About 6.5 million Australians will get a one-off payment as part of the government’s response to coronavirus.

Centrelink will pay you the $750 one-off economic support payment if you’re living in Australia and get an eligible payment between 12 March 2020 and 13 April 2020.

You won’t need to do anything, Centrelink will pay you automatically. You will get the money from 31 March with most people receiving it by 17 April 2020.

There will also be a second $750 economic support payment from 13 July 2020 if you’re getting and eligible payment or have an eligible concession card on 10 July 2020.

Centrelink will also pay a temporary $550 coronavirus supplement, on top of your normal payment, from 27 April 2020 if you’re getting a JobSeeker payment, Farm Household Allowance or special benefit.

Make sure Centrelink has your correct details so it can pay you. The easiest way to do this is by using either:

If you don’t have an online account, you can phone Centrelink on your regular payment line.

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 one of the following concession cards:

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

You’ll also get the payment if you get one 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 one payment, even if you get more than one qualifying payment or card.

The payment won’t be counted as income for social security and family tax benefit payments, aged care fees and charges, Farm Household Allowance and veterans’ payments. It’s tax exempt. Centrelink won’t use this payment to pay off an existing debt.

Do you plan on spending your extra payment to support the economy? What will you be buying?

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Written by Ben


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