Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment ended on 14 October 2022. Those who work in a high-risk setting and can’t earn income because they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 may be eligible for High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment.

High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment

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.

For more information about the payment, visit

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