Updated: 29 March 2020
The Federal Government is providing two $750 payments to welfare recipients, including lower income Australians, pensioners, other social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.
The first $750 payment will be paid from 31 March 2020. The second $750 payment will be paid from 13 July 2020. The second payment will not be made to those eligible for the Coronavirus supplement.
The payments to households measure is part of the Federal Government's commitment to provide assistance to those effected by Coronavirus.
Around half of those that benefit are Pensioners. The payment will help to support confidence and domestic demand in the economy.
To be eligible for the first $750 payment, you must be an Australian resident and be receiving one of the following payments, or hold one of the following concession cards at any time between 12 March 2020 and 13 April 2020:
- Age Pension
- Disability Support Pension
- Career Payment
- Parenting Payment
- Wife Pension
- Widow B Pension
- ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
- Bereavement Allowance
- Newstart Allowance
- Jobseeker Payment
- Youth Allowance
- Partner Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Family Tax Benefit, including Double Orphan Pension
- Career Allowance
- Pensioner concession card Holders
- Commonwealth /Seniors Health Card Holders
- Veteran Payments, including Ware Widow Payments
- Disability Pensions & Associated DVA Payments
- Veteran Gold Card Holders
- Farm Household Allowance
To be eligible for the second $750 payment, on 10 July 2020 you must be an Australian resident, and must be receiving one of the payments mentioned above, or holding one of the concession cards mentioned above.
Income support recipients that are eligible for the Coronavirus supplement may receive the first $750 payment, but are not eligible to receive the second $750 payment.
The $750 payment will be paid automatically by Services Australia or the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Where a claim is lodged for one of the eligible payments or concession cards at any time between 12 March 2020 to 13 April 2020 and the claim is subsequently granted, payment will be made.
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First and Second Payment
Kate and Angus are a couple and are both Age Pension recipients as at 12 March 2020. Kate and Angus will each receive $750, so their household will receive $1,500 in total. Payments to Kate and Angus will be made automatically from 31 March 2020.
As Kate and Angus remain both a couple and Age Pension recipients on 10 July 2020, they will each be eligible for a further $750 as part of the second payment, so their household will receive $1,500 in total for the second payment.
This will bring the total payment to their household to $3,000, from the first and second payments.
Interaction between Coronavirus Supplement and Second Payment
Leanne is a single parent JobSeeker Payment recipient on 10 July 2020, receiving single, with dependent child, rate of $612 per fortnight, a further $9.50 per fortnight for the Energy Supplement and an additional $550 per fortnight Coronavirus supplement.
This brings Leanne's fortnightly income support payment to $1,171.50.
Leanne was in receipt of the Jobseeker Payment on 30 March, so she was eligible for the first $750 payment.
As Leanne already receives the $550 per fortnight Coronavirus supplement, she will not be eligible for the second $750 payment.
Payments to Households-First $750 Payment
Payments to Households - Second $750 Payment
The Government is moving quickly and things are changing daily with regards to the response to COVID-19.
Should you have any queries regarding this measure or any Government measure announced in relation to COVID-19, please contact our office for more information.
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