End of COVID payments ‘in accordance’ with national plan: Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the decision to end COVID disaster payments is in line with the national plan to transition out of lockdowns and reopen the country.

He said when the nation hits its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target, rather than being a recurring payment, individuals receiving it will need to reapply on a weekly basis.

“And once we get to an 80 per cent double dose vaccination rate in a particular state or territory, that payment will come to an end but there will be a two-week transition period,” Mr Frydenberg told Sky News Australia.

“This is in accordance with the national plan, and it’s a way to ensure that our labour market can continue to operate more freely.”

“We’re backing Australia’s plan to reopen in a COVID-safe way and we want to bring to an end these lockdowns so Australians can get their lives back.”

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