Did you know you can claim financial support in case you lose income because of self-isolation?
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a $1,500 lump sum payment for each 14-day period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.
You may be eligible if a state or regional health official has told you to self-isolate or quarantine for any of these reasons:
In order to be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, your 14-day period of quarantine or caring must have started on or after the date below:
Important: You may be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if you’re caring for an adult who has COVID-19.
Also, if you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to complete separate claims.
*In VIC, besides infection or confirmed close contact with an infected person, you may be eligible for the payment if you’ve been at a Tier 1 exposure site
In addition to the grants and payments above, receiving these state-specific benefits cancels your eligibility for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment:
There are two ways you can claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment:
Call 180 22 66 (8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday) where Services Australia can take your claim.
You can also call 131 202 for languages other than English.
Print and complete the form specific to your state from the list below and fax it to 1300 727 760
Yes, you’ll need to include the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment in your 2020-21 Income Tax Return.
If you receive Family Assistance or have a Child Support assessment, there are some additional steps you need to be mindful of:
You’ll need to include the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment in your family income estimate as taxable income. You need to do this if you or your partner get:
The payment will form part of your adjusted taxable income for Child Support. You must include it in any income estimate you lodge for the 2020-21 financial year.
At Splend we help on-demand drivers thrive. As a result, we continue to help our members through the COVID-19 outbreak. Our dedicated Member Success Representatives and Member Care Team are on standby to answer any questions you might have.
During the pandemic, our Member Support Centres will operate strictly by appointment only. Simply give us a call on 1800 775 363 and make an appointment, so we can ensure the safest conditions for your visit.