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Pandemic Leave Payment extended to workers who register a positive rapid antigen test

- January 10, 2022 2 MIN READ
people will be able to claim Pandemic Leave Payment with a positive RAT
If you’ve received a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) you may now be able to access payments of up to $750 under changes to the national Pandemic Leave Payment announced today.
The leave payment is available to eligible workers who are self-isolating because of a positive test result or because they are a close contact or are caring for someone with COVID-19.Emergency Management Minister Bridget McKenzie and Acting Government Services Minister Anne Ruston announced the change to the payment scheme today which was previously only available to those with evidence of a positive PCR test.

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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