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$750 pandemic leave payments extended

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
A composite image of a person removing money from a wallet and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to represent pandemic leave payments.
Aussies will continue to have access the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if they can't work as a result of COVID. (Source: Getty)

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment will be extended past its September 30 end date, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed.

The decision comes following the national cabinet meeting in which state and territory leaders pushed for the payment to continue.

Albanese confirmed the payment would stay in place for as long as mandatory isolation periods do.

“​​The payment will remain available for as long as mandatory isolation periods are applied by all states and territories,” Albanese told reporters.

“The principle - essentially agreed to by all first ministers - is that while the Government requires mandated isolation, the Government has a responsibility to provide support during that period for the appropriate period.”

The payments will be paid for by a 50-50 split between the federal and state governments.

Who is eligible?

These payments are designed for people who can’t work because they are isolating with COVID, or if they are caring for someone with COVID who needs to isolate.

For every seven-day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, you may be eligible for:

  • $450 If you’ve lost at least eight hours or a full day's work and less than 20 hours of work, or

  • $750 if you lost 20 hours or more of work

If you are caring for someone, you need to be living in the same home as that person.

You also can’t claim the payment if you are able to work from home.

You also can’t be accessing any other forms of sick leave - including pandemic sick leave, personal leave and leave to care for another person - that you might get through your workplace.

You must also have liquid assets of less than $10,000 on the first day of the period you are claiming for, which are any funds readily available to you in cash or savings.

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