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13.6.6 Government Response to Coronavirus – Coronavirus Supplement
The Coronavirus Supplement is a temporary fortnightly payment for eligible recipients to address the economic impact of the Coronavirus. It is available to certain students receiving support under the Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (the Education Schemes).
Eligibility for the Coronavirus Supplement
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements for the Education Schemes, in order to receive the Coronavirus Supplement, a person must receive the education allowance at a similar rate to Youth Allowance.
Education Schemes students eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement are:
- aged 16 or over and receiving the education allowance at any rate; or
- receiving the education allowance at the Living Away from Home rate; or
- receiving the education allowance at the Homeless rate; or
- receiving the education allowance at the Double Orphan rate.
Students who meet the above eligibility are eligible to receive the Coronavirus Supplement, even if they reside overseas.
Coronavirus Supplement Amount
On 27 April 2020 the Coronavirus Supplement commenced at a rate of $550 per fortnight. From 25 September (inclusive) to 31 December 2020 the rate has been reduced to $250 per fortnight. During the period, the rate of an eligible education allowance will be increased by the amount of the Coronavirus Supplement.
From 1 January 2021 the Coronavirus Supplement will cease.
Taxation of the Coronavirus Supplement
The Coronavirus Supplement has the same taxable status as the education allowance it is attached to. Further information on the education allowance taxation explanation is at section 13.3.8 Taxation under education schemes of the Compensation and Support Policy Library in CLIK.