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Economic Support Payment
This payment is a one off $750 payment to eligible Australians. It is automatically paid to people already receiving financial support including the Parenting Payment, Carer Payment, Job Seeker, Family Tax Benefit A & B and Pensioner Concession Card.
First Payment: Paid on the 31 March, expected by the 17 April.
Second Payment: Paid on the 13 July.
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Existing Centrelink Clients
Additional $550/ fortnight payment on top of current payment. You will automatically receive this if you are already receiving: JobSeeker payment, Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Wife Pension, Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, Parenting Payment (Partnered & Single), Farm Household Allowance & Special Benefit.
Unemployment due to COVID 19 – Centrelink Support
New Centrelink Clients
If affected by Coronavirus, you are eligible for either JobSeeker Payment, Parenting Payment of Youth Allowance Payment.
You must first register your 'intention to claim' https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19/if-you-need-payment
You will then receive texts and a call from Centrelink to set up your account, there is no need to physically go to Centrelink.
Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package
Early childhood education and care services will not be charging families till the end of the 2019-20 financial year. These services include Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care, Outside School Hours Care and In Home Care, and will be able to remain open given they receive the relief package. Services can opt out of the relief package and choose to remain closed.
If your child’s care service has closed you can enrol your child in a new care service, whether your family is eligible for the the Child Care Subsibly or not. However, priority is given to essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and previously enrolled children.
Additionally, only one parent must be an essential worker to receive priority.