Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment


This program provides workers with a payment if they cannot earn an income because they have to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.

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Application detail:

Apply at any time.

What do you get?

Payment amounts vary.

Who is this for?

People who need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.

Overview

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the time you can't work and earn income because you have to:

  • self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19
  • you're caring for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

From Monday 10 January 2022, both Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results will be accepted. You’ll need to have either:

  • advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional
  • evidence you’ve registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with your state health authority.

What are the eligibility criteria?

You may be eligible if a health official has told you to self-isolate or quarantine because:

  • you have coronavirus (COVID-19), for isolation periods starting before 10 January 2022, you must have been directly informed you have COVID-19 by a health official
  • you’re informed by a health official that you’re a close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
  • you’re informed by a health official that a child you care for who is 16 years or under, is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone with disability or a severe medical condition who must self-isolate or quarantine because they’re a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

You must be living in the same household as the person with disability or a severe medical condition.

You must also meet all of the following:

  • you’re at least 17 years old
  • you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • you're living in Australia at the time of your claim
  • you're unable to go to work and earn an income because you have to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine
  • you have no sick leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person.

You won’t be eligible if you receive:

  • income, earnings or salary from paid work
  • any income support payments, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay.

How do you apply?

You can claim over the phone with Services Australia. You must make a new claim for each period of self-isolation or quarantine that you are required to serve.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply on the Services Australia website.

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