High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment

Support if you work in a high-risk setting and can't earn an income because you have tested positive for COVID-19.

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
  • work in a high-risk setting
  • have no paid leave entitlements available
  • have lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work
  • have liquid assets of less than $10,000 on the first day of the period you’re claiming for
  • 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.

If you need another payment or service, read more about getting a Centrelink payment.

Page last updated: 25 October 2022