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Coronavirus support package for workers is extended in Sydney with payments increased to $750 a week


Are you unable to work due to the lockdown – or lost some hours at your job? You might be eligible for the Covid-19 Disaster Payment.

Workers in Sydney can now claim up to $750 a week if they have lost hours or are unable to work due to the coronavirus lockdown under a major new support package announced by the government today.

The payment amounts to $750 per week if a person has lost 20 hours or more of work a week, or $450 each week if a person has lost between eight and 20 hours of work.

After applying, the payment will be be recurring until the end of the lockdown, to make sure workers do not have to reapply every week.

How to get the payment if you're unable to work or have lost hours due to the lockdown?

  • Apply online via myGov or on the Centrelink website
  • You can also apply over the phone by calling 180 22 66
  • Working visa holders cannot apply online and need to call 180 22 66 to apply

'You can get that payment right now,' Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

People will be eligible for the payment even if they are still working, provided they have lost more than eight hours or a full day of work.

'You don't have to have lost your job, you don't have to have left your employer. It doesn't matter who your employer is. If you are lost those hours, you can access that payment right now.'

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Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 disaster payment:

How much is the COVID-19 Disaster Payment?

People who would ordinarily work more than 20 hours in a week will be paid $750, with $450 paid to those who would have worked less than 20 hours a week.

Where and how do I apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment?

You DO NOT automatically receive this payment. You'll need to apply through the myGov website.

Step-by-step guide on how to apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment

  1. Login to
  2. Follow the prompts under 'Government support for Coronavirus'
  3. If you already have a Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN), you'll need to provide it. If not, you'll be required to register for one and need to provide some form of identification such as your passport or birth certificate.
  4. All done! The government will process your request and then you'll receive the funds in your bank account.
  5. You can also call 180 22 66 to make a claim.

If you're a working visa holder, you need to call 180 22 66 to make a claim. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

What are the terms and conditions?

  • The payment is only made available to those who are really not able to work. For example, if you have an office job that can be reasonably done from home, you are not eligible.
  • You need to be 17 years or over to get the payment.
  • You also won't receive the payment if you're getting income support payments, another form of pandemic leave payment or a state small business payment.