COVID-19 Individual Payments

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COVID-19 test isolation payment: Victoria

The Victorian Government is providing a $450 payment to Victorian workers, including guardians or carers, who are required to self-isolate after a COVID-19 test and stay in isolation while waiting for their test results.
To be eligible for the $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, you must:

  • be 17 years and over
  • have been tested for COVID-19 or be the guardian or carer of someone who has been tested
  • live in Victoria
  • be likely to have worked during the self-isolation period and unable to work due to:
    • a requirement to self-isolate after the test
    • a requirement to stay in isolation to care for someone who is required to self-isolate
  • not receive income or salary during self-isolation
  • have exhausted sick and/or carers leave entitlements, including special pandemic leave, or have no entitlement to such leave
  • are not receiving Australian Government income support (such as the COVID-19 disaster payment, below)
Apply online via the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment website (

Test and isolate payment: NSW

In NSW, a one-off payment of $320 is available to help meet the cost of wages lost whilst self-isolating at home waiting for COVID-19 test results. NSW workers can apply if they:
  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • agree to follow NSW Health self-isolation guidelines while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.
To be eligible you must:
  • be aged 17 years or over
  • live in one of the following local government areas (LGAs) of concern:
    • Bayside
    • Blacktown
    • Burwood
    • Campbelltown
    • Canterbury-Bankstown
    • Cumberland
    • Fairfield
    • Georges River
    • Liverpool
    • Parramatta
    • Penrith suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys
    • Strathfield.
  • have had a COVID-19 test (nose and throat swabs known as PCR tests) due to experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or be the carer or guardian of someone who has had a test due to experiencing symptoms
  • have needed to self-isolate after your COVID-19 test, or be the carer or guardian for someone who needed to self-isolate after their test
  • be likely to have worked during the period of self-isolation and are unable to work due to:
    • being required to self-isolate following a COVID-19 test
    • having to care for someone who is required to self-isolate following a COVID-19 test.
You are not eligible if you:
  • can work from home during your time of self-isolation
  • receive any income, earnings or salary during your time of self-isolation
  • have access to sick leave, carers leave or special pandemic leave
  • receive income support from the Australian Government (including the COVID-19 Disaster Payment or Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) or financial support from the NSW Government (such as the micro-business grant or JobSaver payment) during your time of self-isolation
  • have been directed by NSW Health to test and isolate as you’re a close contact of a known case
  • have had a rapid antigen test
  • are an essential worker living in an eligible LGA and are required to test every 3 days.
Applications are open for tests taken on or after 13 August 2021. You need to apply for the payment within 7 days of having the test.
Apply online at Apply for the Test and Isolate support payment | Service NSW

COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a one-off payment to help workers who have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days, or care for someone who has been directed to self-isolate or quarantine.
You may be eligible if the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services or NSW Health has told you to self-isolate or quarantine. They need to have told you to self-isolate or quarantine for one of the following reasons:
  • you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, including being at a Tier 1 exposure site
  • you care for a child, 16 years or younger, who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years or younger, who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, including being at a Tier 1 exposure site.
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 appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person.

COVID-19: Disaster Payment

For workers who lose hours due to a state government lockdown or public health order, there is the Australian government’s COVID 19 Disaster Payment.
Eligible workers will receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work.
Those who lose between 8 and less than 20 hours, or a full day of work, will receive a payment of $450 per week.
The payment will be available to those in a declared Commonwealth Hotspot.
The provision of financial support outside of these areas will be provided where requested, at the cost of state or territory governments.
The payment commenced in the week commencing 2 August. It will be automatically updated for those already in the Services Australia system. It will be available from day one of any lockdown, with claims made from day 8 in arrears for the previous 7 days. A weekly payment will then be made for the duration of the hotspot declaration.
There will be no liquid assets test applied to eligibility for these payments. Further, an individual does not need to use their personal annual leave.

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