COVID-19: Test Isolation and Worker Support Payments for Victorians

Updated: 04 August 2020

New payments have been introduced to help Victorian residents deal with the financial impacts of self-isolation and quarantine while waiting for test results or after being tested positive for COVID-19.

Key points

  • $300 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment for Victorian workers required to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results
  • $1500 Coronavirus Worker Support Payment for Victorian workers that test positive or are a close contact of a confirmed case and are required to quarantine and for parents or guardians of children under 16 who have tested positive or are a close contact of a confirmed case and are required to self quarantine

Eligibility for the $300 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment

To be eligible you must:

  • be 17 years of age or older
  • have been tested for COVID-19 or be the guardian or carer of someone who has been
  • live in Victoria
  • be likely to have worked during the self-isolation period and unable to work due to isolation requirements
  • not receive income or salary during the isolation period
  • have exhausted sick and/or carers leave, special pandemic leave or have no entitlement to such leave
  • not be receiving Australian Government income support such as JobSeeker or JobKeeper

You can get more information on the Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment here.

You can apply for the Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment here.

Eligibility for the $1500 Coronavirus Worker Support Payment

To be eligible you must:

  • be 17 years of age or older
  • have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you are a close contact of a confirmed case or a child aged under 16 in your care needs to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case
  • live in Victoria
  • be likely to have worked during the self-isolation period and unable to work due to isolation requirements
  • not receive income or salary during the isolation period
  • have exhausted sick and/or carers leave, special pandemic leave or have no entitlement to such leave
  • not be receiving Australian Government income support such as JobSeeker or JobKeeper

You can get more information on the Coronavirus Worker Support Payment here.

Under arrangements between the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth Government it appears Victoria will fund the payments for residents on short term visas and the Commonwealth Government will fund payments to permanent residents and citizens as a “disaster payment”.

According to the Victorian Government web site you will be contacted by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to confirm eligibility and obtain documents for your application for this benefit.

The Federal Government is providing a telephone number 180 22 66 for applications from permanent residents and citizens.

Claiming both payments

It appears possible to claim both payments. What this means is you can claim the $300 Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment when you are first tested and are required to isolate while you wait for the results (assuming you meet the other eligibility requirements) and then if you test positive and you are required to isolate further and you meet the eligibility requirements you can then claim the Coronavirus Worker Support Payment.

How this affects people in states and territories other than Victoria

These new benefits have been introduced as a result of the tight lockdown restrictions recently implemented in Victoria. The “disaster payments” from the Commonwealth Government are based on Victoria’s declared State of Emergency. Currently these payments are not available to residents of other states and territories – though government ministers have been quoted as saying they will be if other states also declare a State of Emergency.

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