Extension of COVID-19 supplement

The Government will extend the payment period of the temporary Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support from 25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020.

As the economy reopens, the Coronavirus Supplement will be extended at the rate of $250 per fortnight.  The extended Coronavirus Supplement reflects the gradually improving economic and labour market conditions and is designed to ensure there are appropriate incentives for all payment recipients to seek out employment or study opportunities.

Both existing and new income support recipients will continue to be paid the Coronavirus Supplement.

The Government will also ensure income support is appropriately targeted as the economy recovers by reintroducing a range of means testing arrangements. 

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