McKenzie said people would need to provide proof they had registered their positive RAT with a state health authority.
“The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment ensures that eligible workers either diagnosed with COVID-19, identified as a close contact or caring for someone with COVID-19 can access the support they need,” McKenzie said.
Pandemic Leave Payment to move to a tiered scheme from January 18
While the leave scheme was previously a flat payment, McKenzie announced the payment would also move to a tapered system from January 18 2022.
People who have lost, or expect to lose, 20 or more hours of work can continue to access $750 for the seven-day isolation period, while those who expect to lose between one day and 19 hours of work can access $450. A financial hardship test will also be introduced, with people who have $10,000 or more in available cash or liquid assets unable to make a claim for the payment.
People can claim the payments online through myGov and Centrelink Online, or by calling 1800 22 66.
To access the payment people must commence a claim within 14 days of their isolation period.
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