If you live in Western Australia and can't earn an income because you must self-isolate or quarantine at home, or are caring for someone with COVID-19, you might be eligible to receive Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
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. You must be directed to self-isolate or quarantine by WA Health.
WHO CAN GET IT?
You may be eligible if WA Health has told you to self-isolate or quarantine. They need to give you these directions for any of the following reasons:
you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
you care for a child, 16 years or under, who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
You may also be eligible if you're caring for someone who has COVID-19. You must also meet all of the following:
you’re at least 17 years old and live in Western Australia
you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
you're unable to go to work and earn an income
you have no appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave, or leave to care for another person.
your period of quarantine is after 11 September 2020.
If you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to complete separate claims.
WHO CAN’T GET IT?
To get this payment you need to meet the eligibility rules.
You won’t be eligible if, during your 14-day isolation, quarantine, or caring period, you get:
any income, earnings, or salary from paid work
any income support payments, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid Parental Leave or Dad and Partner Pay
If you can’t get this payment, check to see what other payments you may be able to get. You can use our payment guide to check.
HOW MUCH YOU CAN GET
If you’re eligible ATO will pay you $1,500 for each 14 day period you self-isolate, quarantine, or care for a person who has COVID-19. The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your 2020-21 Income Tax Return.
HOW TO CLAIM
You can claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – Western Australia over the phone.
You must make a new claim for each 14 day period.
To claim, either:
call ATO at 180 22 66 where we can take your claim
print and complete the Claim for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – Western Australia form and fax it to 1300 727 760.
Phone lines are open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.
You can call ATO on 131 202 to talk to them in languages other than English.
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