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Changes to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments

The federal government announced in a statement that from 10 January it would accept rapid antigen tests (RATs) as well as PCR tests from those who are seeking to claim the support payment.

✔️Individuals who have lost or expect to lose 20 hours or more will continue to be entitled to $750

✔️Individuals have lost or expect to lose at least a day of work or up to 19 hours will be entitled to $450

The Pandemic Leave Payment is also open to Australians who are isolating following being deemed close contacts and those who are caring for someone with COVID-19.

🔸 Eligibility: including not limited to -

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.

To receive the payment, individuals will need to have advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional or now evidence that they have registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with their state health authority

Each state and territory have implemented the same criteria for the distribution of Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments.

🔹A financial hardship test will also be introduced - with individuals who have available funds of $10,000 or more deemed ineligible - to ensure the taxpayer funded payments are targeted to those who need them most.

🔹Individuals will have 14 days from the commencement of their isolation period to claim the payment.

🔹Claims can be made using the myGov portal through an eligible Centrelink Online Account or if a person can’t use online services they can call 180 22 66 for assistance to claim this payment.

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