Covid-19 Australia: Scott Morrison announces $500 weekly disaster payment

Scott Morrison announces $500 weekly cash payment for Victorians stuck in a Covid hotspot and unable to work due to state’s lockdown

Scott Morrison has announced a new ‘temporary Covid-19 disaster payment’ for Australians who are stuck in lockdown and unable to work. 

If a lockdown, such as Melbourne’s, goes on for longer than seven days in an area defined as a hotspot, then workers will be able to claim money from the federal government. 

Workers will be entitled to a $500 weekly payment if they ordinarily work more than 20 hours a week or $325 if they work less than that.

Victorians currently in lockdown will be able to apply for the cash on the Services Australia website from Tuesday. 

It will only apply to Melboure residents because regional Victoria is coming out of lockdown tonight. 

What is a Commonwealth hotspot? 

The Commonwealth trigger for consideration of a COVID-19 hotspot in a metropolitan area is the rolling 3 day average (average over 3 days) is 10 locally acquired cases per day. This equates to over 30 cases in 3 consecutive days.

The Commonwealth trigger for consideration of a COVID-19 hotspot in a rural or regional area is the rolling 3 day average (average over 3 days) is 3 locally acquired cases per day. This equates to 9 cases over 3 consecutive days. 

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