Are you an Employee in the Construction Industry in Victoria needing Financial Support?

You may be able to get COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’ve been impacted by the shut down in September 2021.

You can claim COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you’re unable to work and earn income because of the shut down in any of these areas:

  • ConstructionGreater Melbourne
  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Mitchell Shire.

You must check your eligibility before claiming.

Eligibility includes:

  • Australian resident or hold visa with right to work in Australia and 17 years old or older
  • You don’t get income support payments during pandemic period
  • You didn’t get pandemic leave disaster payment or small business payment in same period
  • You lost income and didn’t get paid leave entitlements
  • You were unable to earn your usual income of 8 hours or more for a full day’s work because you were in the COVID-19 hotspot and were subject to a restricted movement order, or you lived or worked from other areas of Victoria

You don’t have to take annual leave before you can get this payment. If you choose to take annual leave and it doesn’t cover all the hours of work lost, you can still get the payment.

A hotspot is an area of COVID-19 local transmission declared by the Chief Medical Officer. The Department of Health website lists the current hotspots.

Lockdown is a period of restricted movement when people must stay at home and can only leave for approved reasons.

A full day of your usual work is what you were scheduled to work but could not because of a restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours.

How much you get depends on the hours of work you lost.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get $450 if any of the following apply:

  • you lost at least 8 hours of work
  • you lost less than 20 hours of work
  • you couldn’t work a full day for that week.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get $750 if you lost 20 hours or more that week.

A full day of your usual work is what you were scheduled to work but could not because of a restricted movement order. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours.

Centrelink only release the claims each week and you claim in arrears based on hours of lost work.

If you have a change in your circumstances, you must tell services Australia within 14 days. If you don’t, you could get a debt which you’ll need to repay.

You need to be careful to tell Centrelink of a change in circumstances otherwise they will keep paying you. Therefore, after the two weeks if that is all you are affected, you need to login and submit a change of circumstances to stop the payment from continuing.

You can make a claim for COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Victoria from 24 September 2021.

If you’re an Australian resident, get ready to claim by using our guide to creating a myGov account and linking it to Centrelink.

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is tax free income and you don’t need to include it in your tax return.

You can watch the COVID-19 Disaster Payment information and support YouTube playlist to find out how to claim.

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