Emergency payments are coming to those eligible, with an aim to boost spending with cash-strapped businesses.
Emergency payments are coming to those eligible, with an aim to boost spending with cash-strapped businesses.

COVID-19 cash bonus to hit from March 31

ABOUT 6.5 million Australians will get a one off payment as part of the Government's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Federal Government will pay a $750 one off Economic Support Payment if you're living in Australia and are eligible for a range of pensions or hold relevant concession cards as at March 12, 2020.

Eligible Australians won't need to do anything, it will be paid automatically from March 31., with most getting it by 17 April 2020.

Eligible payments include: Age Pension; Disability Support Pension; Carer Payment; Carer Allowance; Wife Pension; Widow B Pension; Partner Allowance; Widow Allowance;

You'll also get the payment if you have one of the following concession cards: Pensioner Concession Card; Commonwealth Seniors Health Card; or Veteran Gold Card.

You'll also get the payment if you get one of the following Department of Veterans' Affairs payments: Veteran Service Pension; Veteran Income Support Supplement;Veteran Compensation payments, including lump sum payments; War Widow(er) Pension.

You'll only get one payment, even if you get more than one qualifying payment or card.

Make sure we have your right details so it can be paid. The easiest way to do this is by using either: your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink app.

If you don't have an online account, you can phone up on your regular payment line.The payment is subject to legislation passing. It won't be counted as income for social security and family tax benefit payments, aged care fees and charges, Farm Household Allowance and veterans' payments. It's tax exempt.

Originally published as COVID-19 cash bonus to hit from March 31


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