You may be eligible for a payment from the federal government if you or your family are affected by COVID-19. You can use the Services Australia payment guide to find out more.
- What is the COVID-19 Disaster Payment?
- What is the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment?
- Is there support for workers to test and isolate?
- Can I apply for workers compensation?
- What support is there for people experiencing family and domestic violence?
- Does my workplace have paid special leave?
The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help workers who are unable to earn an income because of a COVID-19 state public health order. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.
How much you can get will depend on your location and your individual circumstances.
You can find more information on the Services Australia website.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.
The eligibility criteria depends on where you are. You can find more information on the Services Australia website.
In most cases you must be instructed by a state health official to isolate and not be earning any income during the 14 days of isolation or quarantine.
Union members fought for and won having the Test and Isolate support payment expanded in NSW.
From 9 September 2021, the Test and Isolate support payment will be available to all eligible NSW workers. This payment was previously only available to workers in local government areas of concern.
More information including eligibility is available from Service NSW.
Information on Victoria’s Test Isolation Payment is available here.
You must meet eligibility criteria to access the $450 payment including not already receiving Australian Government income support and not having access to paid sick leave.
Workers who contract COVID-19 in the course of their employment will be able to claim workers compensation benefits for any time lost or medical care required.
It may be challenging to prove the required connection with work in light of the growing number of community infections. You should contact your union for assistance if you are unable to work due to a COVID-19 infection caused by work.
If work, in particular working under all the extra rules during lockdown, is making you sick i.e. stressed, depressed, anxious, exhausted, then you may also have a claim under workers compensation.
From 1 July 2021, new legislation will enable Victorian workers and volunteers who suffer from a work-related mental injury to access early treatment and support while they await the outcome of their claim.
More information is available from WorkSafe Victoria.
For some people, home is not the safest place, and restrictions may make things worse. Remember, you are always allowed to leave your home to stay safe from harm and access family and domestic violence support services.
If you and/or your family are in immediate danger, please call the police on Triple Zero (000).
AMWU Care Line has qualified counsellors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 206 316. It’s free for AMWU members and their immediate family.
Support from the AMWU's hardship fund is available for members experiencing family and domestic violence. Contact the union for assistance.
1800-RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service available 24/7 on 1800 737 732. For an interpreter, phone 13 14 50.
Find more services and support for your state/territory below:
Note: the websites for SA and WA support services do not have quick exits buttons.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, union members at worksites across the country fought for and won paid special leave which was critical for workers to stop the spread by being able to stay home when unwell, isolating or quarantining when other entitlements or support weren’t available.
Speak with your delegate or union to find out if paid special leave is available at your workplace