New Federal income support for Victorians hit by fourth lockdown

Victorians will be eligible for a new federally funded payment if the current lockdown has put them out of work, but only if they meet a very stringent set of guidelines.

People living in hot spots aged over 17 who ordinarily worked 20 hours a week will receive $500 a week, while those who worked less 20 hours would receive $325.

But they will have to prove they have less than $10,000 in liquid assets and have “insufficient” leave entitlements to receive a new $500 Covid-lockdown emergency payment.

“They will be able to do this from Tuesday in making an application online with Services Australia, and they will also be a number they can contact. There will be further information provided about that,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The payments will be assessed on a weekly basis.

“We are talking about somebody getting through the next week, who would normally (would) be in an economic situation where every dollar counts,” said Morrison.