If you can’t work because you or someone in your household is impacted by COVID-19, support is available.
There are two payments accessible to individuals:
How to apply for support
You can apply for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and the Pandemic Leave Payment through your MyGov
account if you have created and linked a Centrelink account (or phone 180 22 66).
COVID-19 Disaster Payments
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a weekly payment available to eligible workers who can’t attend work or who have lost income because of a lockdown and don’t have access to certain paid leave entitlements. If you are a couple, both people can separately claim the payment.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is for those who have been advised by their relevant health authority to
self-isolate or quarantine because:
They have coronavirus (COVID-19):They have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19:They care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19: orThey care for a child, 16 years or under, who has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
The payment might also be accessible if you are a carer for someone impacted.
The material and contents provided in this publication are informative in nature only. It is not intended to be advice and you should not act specifically on the basis of this information. If expert assistance is required, professional advice should be obtained.
Updated 15 July 2021
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