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Major changes to $750 Disaster Payment: ‘You have 5 days’

Australian currency and people walking on the street in the Sydney CBD to represent money accessed through the disaster payment.
Aussies have been told to take not of changes to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. (Source: Getty)

Those needing access to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment will see rules change from September 9, following a change in isolation protocols.

Following a decision from National Cabinet to reduce mandatory isolation from seven days to five, those accessing the payment have been told to be aware of the change.

“If you need to claim Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for an isolation or caring period starting before 9 September, you’re still covered by the current rules,” Services Australia said.

“You have 14 days from the start of your isolation or caring period to claim Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

“From 9 September 2022, isolation or caring periods for some people will reduce from seven to five days.”

However, if you are a worker in a high-risk setting, your isolation period will remain at the full seven days.

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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