Coronavirus Supplement extended to 31 March 2021

Coronavirus Supplement extended to 31 March 2021

The Australian Government has extended the Coronavirus Supplement to 31 March 2021. The current payment rate of $250 per fortnight will change to $150 per fortnight from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. 

2 December 2020

This change will affect payments from 14 January 2021, pending the passage of legislation 

The Coronavirus Supplement is paid to new and existing recipients of certain Services Australia payments such as JobSeeker and Youth Allowance, as well as certain DVA Education Schemes recipients.

Students who receive Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and MRCA Education and Training Scheme payments at similar rates to students on Youth Allowance receive the Coronavirus Supplement. These include students aged 16 and over receiving education allowance at any rate, and those receiving education allowance at the living away from home, homeless or double orphan rate.

The Coronavirus Supplement will continue to be automatically added to existing eligible students’ regular payments, and will be applied to the payments of any new eligible recipients.

If you’re an eligible Education Schemes recipients, you must make sure your details are up to date so that your payments are not interrupted. Let us know if you have: 

  • changed address, phone number, email address, bank account details or relationship status;
  • stopped studying or changed your enrolment details (including periods of absence); or
  • started working or received any payment or benefit from Services Australia or another Australian Government agency.

Call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) to update your details or for more information on the Coronavirus Supplement you can visit the Education Schemes page of the DVA website.

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