What is the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment?
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is for people who can’t earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has COVID-19.
If you’re eligible you will be paid $1,500 for each 14 day period you self-isolate, quarantine or care for a person who has COVID-19. You can claim over the phone with Services Australia. You must make a new claim for each 14-day period of self-isolation or quarantine that you are required to serve.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your 2020-21 Income Tax Return.
You may be eligible if a health official has told you to self-isolate or quarantine because you:
- have coronavirus (COVID-19)
- are a close contact of a person with COVID-19
- are caring for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
- are caring for a child, 16 years or under, who’s a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
You may also be eligible if you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19.
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 unable to go to work and earn an income
- 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.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.