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$320 payments now open to millions more in NSW

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If you've lost money while waiting for a COVID-19 result, you may be eligible. (Images: Getty).

Millions of NSW residents have become eligible for $320 test and isolate COVID-19 payments as the state government rolls out the scheme to every worker.

Previously, the payments were only open to essential workers in the 12 local government areas (LGA) of concern. These include:

  • Bayside

  • Blacktown

  • Burwood

  • Campbelltown

  • Canterbury-Bankstown

  • Cumberland

  • Fairfield

  • Georges River

  • Liverpool

  • Paramatta

  • 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.

To access the payments, workers need to be 17 or older and have been unable to work during a period of self-isolation. People who are caring for others who are isolating can also claim the payment.

Workers need to have had a COVID-19 test after exhibiting symptoms.

That means workers who can work from home are ineligible for the payments.

WATCH: NSW hits 75% first-dose vaccination milestone.

Additionally, if you received any income during your period of isolation including Government payments lik the COVID-19 Disaster Payment, or had access to paid sick leave you will not be able to access the payments.

The same goes for workers who have had a rapid antigen test, or who have been told to test and isolate by NSW Health as you are a close contact of a known case.

People who don’t self-isolate or make false claims will be required to repay the cash.

How do I claim the $320 isolation payments

To claim the payment, you will need to prove you had the COVID-19 test or after 9 September. If you live in one of the LGAs of concern, you can claim it if you have had a test since 13 August.

You will also need to have one proof of identity document like a drivers licence or Medicare card, and proof of NSW address.

You will also need to provide a proof of employment like a payslip, ABN or letter from your employer.

And you will need to provide your bank account details for the payment to occur.

Applications can be made here. Successful applicants will receive the sum within $320 days.

The state government has fact sheets in Arabic, Assyrian, Bangla, Filipino, Hindi, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

Not in NSW? These are the COVID-19 isolation payments you can claim

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