Who can’t get it

Not everyone who is self-isolating or in quarantine can get the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

To get this payment you need to meet the eligibility rules.

You won’t be eligible if, during your isolation or caring period, you got or will get:

  • any income, earnings or salary from paid work
  • any income support payments, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay
  • the COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

You also can’t get any of the following payments during your isolation or caring period:

  • ACT COVID-19 Hardship Isolation Payment
  • NSW Test or Isolate Payment
  • South Australian COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment
  • Tasmanian Pandemic Isolation Grant Assistance
  • Tasmanian Test and Isolate Grant
  • Victorian COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment
  • Western Australian COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment.

Your state or territory public health order may exempt essential workers who are close contacts from having to isolate. This means if you’re an essential worker, you’re able to work and earn income and won’t be eligible for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

Check with your state or territory government if you’re an essential worker.

If you can’t get this payment, check to see what other payments you may be able to get. You can use our Payment and Service Finder to check.

Page last updated: 10 February 2022