Eligible people from Queensland (and South Australia, along with other states already eligible)  may now be entitled to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments after an announcement of an extension to the program by the Australian Government.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments are a $1500 lump sum payment for those who can’t earn an income because they are required to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to be eligible, the individual must have been DIRECTED to self-isolate or quarantine by:

  • Queensland Health or
  • another State or regional department of health.

You must also:

  • Be at least 17 years old and live in Queensland
  • Be an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • Be unable to go to work and earn an income
  •  Have no appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person
  • Have a period of quarantine start after 7 October 2020.

This payment replaces the Queensland Hardship Payment.

Who Isn’t Eligible?

There are also scenarios where Queenslanders wouldn’t be eligible, including where someone receives:

  • income, earnings or salary from paid work
  • income support payments, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid Parental Leave or Dad and Partner Pay
  •  JobKeeper Payment
  • a Queensland Hardship Payment.

Claims are to be made through Services Australia.

Get all the details and information on how to claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments here.

Get in touch with the Workplace Central team for help with all your employment needs.


*This is general information only and doesn’t take your specific circumstances into account.