Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging Australians to check their eligibility for the COVID-19 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, as Omicron soars through the community, setting new records for NSW and Victoria.
The $750 payment is available for eligible persons for each seven day period they’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or if they’re caring for someone who has COVID-19. Payment seekers must make a new claim for each seven day period.
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Mr Morrison said financial measures are already in place for people who are forced to quarantine because of a state government requirement.
“It’s been an important tool that we’ve had … and large numbers of Australians have done that,” Mr Morrison said.
“I encourage people to become familiar with the supports that are in place. The support is already there for those who are in that situation where they’re forced to isolate.”
How to apply
To be eligible for the payment, the following criteria must apply to you:
- you can’t work and earn an income
- you have no sick leave entitlements
- you’re directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a state or territory health department, a person employed by a state or regional department of health or a person from state and territory department of education acting as a contact tracer
These agencies must tell you specifically to self-isolate or quarantine due to being diagnosed with COVID-19, being identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or needing to care for someone who has been diagnosed with or is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Labor health spokesman Mark Butler said Mr Morrison didn’t have a plan to support businesses and primary care industries.
“The speed with which this fourth wave has exploded around Australia has meant that businesses, health care settings, childcare centres are having to close or wind back their workforces,” he said.
“There’s no plan coming out of Canberra from Scott Morrison about how to support Australia’s businesses, the healthcare sector, the childcare sector which has reported hundreds of centres having to close, through this next few weeks.”
An earlier version of this article included incorrect information related to eligibility for the federal government’s ‘Crisis Payment’.It’s been updated to reflect the correct eligibility for the ‘Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment’. Click here to learn more about the payment at Services Australia.
– with AAP