Last updated 10 September 2021
The Federal and Victorian Governments are offering a number of different types of COVID-19 financial support for individuals. Here’s a rundown of the various kinds of support available during the pandemic:
For an overview of all the support available for Victorian individuals and families during this time (including financial, utilities & bills, food, emergency relief and hardship support) see this Victorian Government website.
If you’re a business looking for help, visit the Victorian Government’s business grants and support website.
Read more about the Crisis Payment on the Services Australia website
|Payment amount||One-off payment equal to a week’s pay at the maximum basic rate of your income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.|
|Who can access this payment||If you are eligible for an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, or are in severe financial hardship, you can apply for this payment.|
|Impact of other payments||You can receive a maximum of 2 Crisis Payments for National Health Emergency in a 6-month period. However, you can only receive 1 payment per quarantine or self-isolation.
If claiming this payment for caring for someone with COVID-19, you cannot claim this payment if someone else has already received the payment to provide care for the same person.
|Eligibility||To receive this payment you must be:
You must also either be:
You must also contact Services Australia within 14 days of entering quarantine or self-isolation or caring for someone who is.
You can’t receive this crisis payment for lockdown.
|How to access||Apply online via Services Australia|
Read more about the Extreme Hardship Support Program – Victoria on the Red Cross website.
|Payment amount||$800 one-off payment for single people. Families receive more based on the number of people in your household|
|Who can access this payment||If you are not eligible for Centrelink income support such as temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants or international students|
|Impact of other payments||You cannot receive this payment if you are receiving Commonwealth income payments (such as JobSeeker or the COVID Disaster Payment)|
|Eligibility||To receive this payment you must:
If you are still experiencing financial hardship after 2 months, you can apply again.
|How to access||Apply online via the Red Cross|
Read more about COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant on the Housing Victoria website.
|Payment amount||A one-off payment (max. $1500) to your rental provider|
|Who can access this payment||If you are renting in Victoria and experiencing financial hardship you can apply for this payment|
|Impact of other payments||Payments are made directly to your rental provider (landlord) so it won’t affect your income|
|Eligibility||To be eligible:
There is no citizen or permanent resident requirements. You can apply if you are a casual workers on holiday and working visas, international students, skilled visa holders, seasonal workers, New Zealand citizens and all refugee and temporary protection visa holders.
|How to access|| You will need to provide a statutory declaration as proof of your rent reduction. Click to download the COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant statutory declaration as a word document.
Apply via the DHHS online portal.