Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for Western Australia and New South Wales

18 September 2020

The Australian Government announced support if you live in Western Australia or New South Wales and can't earn an income.

This is because you must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can claim it over the phone.

Who can get it

To get this payment, all of the following must apply:

  • you’re at least 17 years old
  • you live in Western Australia or New South Wales
  • you have no income from paid work, including sick leave entitlements.

In addition, WA Health or NSW Health told you to self-isolate or quarantine. They must have done this because of any of the following reasons:

  • you have COVID-19
  • you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years and under, who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years and under, who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.

You may also be eligible if you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19.

If you have to self-isolate more than once, you can claim this payment each time.

Who can’t get it

You need to meet certain criteria to get the payment.

If you live in Western Australia, read more about who can get it.

If you live in New South Wales, read more about who can get it.

You can’t get this payment if, during your 14 day isolation period, you already get any of these:

  • any income, earnings or salary from paid work
  • an income support payment, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid Parental Leave or Dad and Partner Pay
  • JobKeeper Payment.

How to claim

You can claim by calling us on 180 22 66, 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Please don’t visit a service centre.

Where to find more information

Read more about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for Western Australia.

Read more about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for New South Wales.

Page last updated: 18 September 2020