Expanded eligibility for Income Support and Coronavirus supplement
23/03/2020 by Twomeys
There will be expanded access to income support payments for the self-employed, causal workers, contract workers and employees who are stood down or lose their employment.
There will be reduced means testing and a reduction in waiting times.
There will also be a new $550 per fortnight Coronavirus supplement, commencing from 27 April 2020
This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.
The Coronavirus supplement will be paid for the next 6 months. Eligible income support recipients will receive the full amount of the $550 Coronavirus supplement on top of their payment each fortnight.