Financial support and hotspot declarations

Find out what a COVID-19 hotspot is, what information the Chief Medical Officer uses to declare one, what support is available, and when we remove them from the list.

COVID-19 hotspot support

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) declares COVID-19 hotspots for the purposes of Commonwealth support. Hotspots enable Commonwealth support to be provided to defined areas within states and territories, where it might be needed. 

When a hotspot it declared you may be able to access the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

See our list of current hotspots.

Once 80% vaccination coverage is reached in a state or territory, and two weeks has passed, hotspots will automatically lift.

Other financial support

If you are experiencing financial difficulty you may be able to access other financial supports and services, visit Services Australia to find out more.

Your state or territory government may have further support available:

Last updated: 
23 December 2021

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