Recent Changes to Centrelink Payments in Response to COVID-19

There have been many changes to social security law since the COVID pandemic began, although most changes have now been phased out. The information below summarises current arrangements a28 November 2022.


COVID-19 Payments 

High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment is a new lump sum payment limited to people who work in high-risk settings who can’t earn an income due to COVID-19. Learn more here.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment has been phased out and is no longer available. 



What if my claim is rejected or I have a problem getting my payment?

Welfare Rights Centre can provide free legal advice and assistance to people in NSW. To get in touch with Welfare Rights Centre, call us on:

  • 02 9211 5300 
  • 1800 226 028

Our phone lines are open Monday and Wednesday, 9:30am - 12:30pm.

If you live in another state, your local specialist community legal centre may be able to help. To find your nearest community legal centre, click here.


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