Coalition pressured to expand Covid disaster payments as 1 million locked down Australians excluded
Those receiving jobseeker, youth allowance and disability carer payments are barred from accessing the disaster payments – even if they have lost work
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The Morrison government is facing mounting pressure to expand eligibility for its Covid disaster payments, as almost 1 million locked-down Australians receiving other welfare payments remain excluded from accessing the support.
Workers who have lost more than 20 hours of work per week because of a lockdown are eligible for $600 per week, while anyone who has lost between eight and 20 hours per week is entitled to $375 per week.