Who can get it

You need to meet eligibility requirements to get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - Victoria.

You may be eligible if you’re unable to work and earn income because you or someone you’re caring for has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

You have to self-isolate or quarantine for one of the following reasons:

  • you have coronavirus (COVID-19), for isolation periods starting before 10 January 2022, you must have been directly informed you have COVID-19 by a health official
  • you’re informed by a health official that you’re a close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
  • you’re informed by a health official that a child you care for who is 16 years or under, is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone who has COVID-19
  • you’re caring for someone with disability or a severe medical condition who must self-isolate or quarantine because they’re a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

You must be living in the same household as the person with disability or a severe medical condition.

You must also meet all of the following:

  • you’re at least 17 years old and live in Victoria
  • you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • you’re living in Australia during your self-isolation, quarantine or caring period
  • you’re living in Australia at the time of your claim
  • you’re unable to go to work and earn an income because you have to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has to self-isolate or quarantine
  • you have no sick leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person.

From Monday 10 January 2022, we’ll accept both Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results. You’ll need to have either:

  • advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional
  • evidence you’ve registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with your state health authority.

If you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to complete separate claims.

Page last updated: 8 January 2022