How much you can get

If you’re eligible we’ll pay you for each period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone who has COVID-19.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) is taxable income. It won’t be prefilled in your tax return or show on your Centrelink payment summary. You’ll need to manually include it in your income tax return for the relevant financial year. Read how to include PLDP in your tax return.

How much you get depends on the hours of work you lost.

For each 7 day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, we’ll pay you:

  • $450 if you lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work, and less than 20 hours of work
  • $750 if you lost 20 hours or more of work.

If you lost less than 8 hours or a full day’s work during the 7 day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, you won’t be eligible for this payment. A full day’s work is the hours you were scheduled to work or would usually work on a given day. This includes not being able to attend a full time, part time or casual shift of less than 8 hours.

If you get Family Assistance

You’ll also need to include the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment in your family income estimate as taxable income or when you advise us on non lodgement of tax return. You need to do this if you or your partner get:

The easiest way to view and update your family income estimate is online. You can use your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

If you or your partner don’t need to lodge a tax return, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) also needs to know. Read more about how to lodge a non-lodgment advice on the ATO website.

If you have a child support assessment

If you have a child support assessment, the payment will form part of your adjusted taxable income for Child Support. It must be included in any income estimate you lodge for the 2020-21 financial year.

The easiest way to view and update your information is online. You can use your Child Support online account through myGov or the Express Plus Child Support mobile app.

Page last updated: 21 June 2022