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 at 11 July 2022.


COVID-19 Payment 

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available for people directed to self-isolate or quarantine because they had COVID-19 or were a close contact of someone who had COVID.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment was being phased out, with final payments made for the period ending 14 July 2022 but it has now been re-introduced. New claims opened 8 am Wednesday 20 July 2022. You can find out more about Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment here


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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