The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is the payment accessible to those who have lost work because they have had to self-isolate with COVID-19 or are caring for someone who contracted it.
The payment rules changed on 18 January 2022.
The new rules change the definition of a close contact in line with the national definition. The payment is now accessible if you are a close contact because you either usually live with the person who has tested positive with COVID-19 or have stayed in the same household for more than 4 hours with the person who has tested positive with COVID-19 during their infectious period.
The payment provides:
- $450 if you lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work, and less than 20 hours of work
- $750 if you lost 20 hours or more of work
To be eligible for the payment, you will need to be an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder (or temporary visa holder with a right to work) or a New Zealand passport holder. The payment is also subject to means testing with a $10,000 illiquid assets test.
To claim the payment, you must log in to your Centrelink account and go through your myGov account.
For more information on the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, click here!