Casual workers are eligible to claim the government’s Coronavirus Supplement, so long as they earn less than $1,075 a fortnight.
The supplement is aimed at supporting casuals who have had their hours slashed.
Casual workers can claim the full $550 a fortnight
The payment is worth $550 a fortnight, or $275 a week, effectively doubling the existing Newstart allowance, which has been renamed the JobSeeker Payment.
Casuals who claim the Coronavirus Supplement can claim the benefit while still working, so long as they don’t earn more than $1,075 a fortnight.
Others eligible for Coronavirus Supplement include those on:
- Newstart (now known as JobSeeker Payment)
- Sickness Allowance for job seekers
- Parenting Payment Partnered
- Parenting Payment Single
- Partner Allowance
- Farm Household Allowance
Assets test and waiting period waived
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government is doing all it can to make it easy for Australians to access the support.
“We have waived the assets tests and waived the waiting period, but there is still the income test, so if you earn $1,075 a fortnight you will get the full $550 Coronavirus Supplement,” he said.
“If you are a casual and you still have some hours but your income has fallen below that $1,075 a fortnight, you will get the supplement.”
Payments won’t begin until April 27, and will be available for at least six months.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese questioned the delay in delivering the payments to boost the economy in parliament today.
Thousands queue at Centrelink offices
Thousands of people queued outside Centrelink offices across the country this morning in an effort to get access to promised government support.
The government directed Australians to the MyGov website to start the application process for benefits.
However, the website crashed today as a result of unprecedented demand for welfare support during the coronavirus pandemic.
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