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Thousands of Aussies eligible for $750 cash boost

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Aussies who work in these high-risk settings can claim up to $750 cash if they can't work because they get COVID-19. (Source: Getty)

Aussies who work in custodial facilities will now be eligible to claim up to $750 cash from the High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment.

From November 11, any Australian who works in custodial facilities - such as prisons, youth justice and secure welfare services - will be eligible to claim the payment if they are unable to work as a result of COVID-19.

“You must be unable to work because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 and have no appropriate paid leave,” Services Australia said.

“High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment (HRSPP) is a lump sum payment. It is to help you during the time you can’t work and earn an income, because you have tested positive for COVID-19.”

To be eligible, you must meet all of the following:

  • You have not claimed or been paid HRSPP or Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for any day since testing positive to COVID-19

  • You work in a high-risk setting

  • You have no paid leave entitlements available

  • You have lost at least eight hours or a full day’s work

  • You have liquid assets of less than $10,000 on the first day of the period you’re claiming for

  • You haven’t exceeded the claiming limit

  • All other eligibility for this payment

“Liquid assets are any funds readily available to you in cash or savings, or assets that can easily be changed into cash. For example, money loaned to other people,” Services Australia said.

Previously, only Aussies who worked in aged care, disability care, Aboriginal health care and hospital care were considered to be eligible for the payment.

How much can you claim?

How much money you can claim actually depends on how much work you have lost as a result of COVID.

For example, if you lost at least eight hours or a full day’s pay, you can claim $450, but if you lost 20 hours of work or more, you can claim $750.

You won’t be able to get HRSPP again for 28 days after the last day of your previous seven-day claim period, even if you remain symptomatic and can’t go to work.

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