RAT results are now accepted alongside those recorded by regular PCR lab tests to ensure the payment is available for all who need it.
People who’ve lost at least a day of work due to being COVID positive, caring for someone who is, or who meet the definition of a close contact, may be eligible for up to $750.
Here’s what you need to know about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
Who can apply for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment?
You may be eligible if you’re unable to work and earn income because you or someone you’re caring for has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.
You have to self-isolate or quarantine for one of the following reasons:
- you have COVID-19
- 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 during your self-isolation, quarantine or caring period
- 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’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.
How much is the payment?
If you’re eligible, Services Australia will pay you $750 for each seven-day period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone who has COVID-19.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your Income Tax Return.
How to apply
If your claim is for a period from December 9, 2021 onwards, claim using the Claim for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment form.
You can complete the claim form using your computer and either:
- return the form to Services Australia online, using your Centrelink online account
- fax the form to Services Australia on 1300 727 760, if you have printed and manually signed it.
If you do not have a Centrelink online account, you can set one up.
If you cannot use online services, you can call Services Australia on 180 22 66 for help claiming this payment.