COVID-19 Income Relief Payment
If you lose your job (including self-employment) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment.
You can get up to 12 weeks of payments, to help with living costs after a sudden job loss, and give you time to find other work.
If you’re eligible for the payment, you can get:
- $490 per week if you were previously working 30 hours or more a week
- $250 per week if you were previously working 15 hours to 29 hours a week.
You don't need to pay tax on this payment.
Getting Student Loan Living Costs
You can receive the Income Relief Payment at the same time as getting the Student Loan Living Costs.
Getting Student Allowance
If you or your partner get Student Allowance, you may get the Income Relief Payment at the same time - but only at the part-time rate of $250 per week.
However, if you lost a full-time job (30 hours or more a week), you (and your partner) may choose to switch to the Income Relief Payment instead of your Student Allowance.