If you have been asked by health officials to self-isolate and you cannot work from home, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme. Your employer needs to apply for you. You can also apply if you are self-employed.
Your employer can also get this payment for you if you:
are sick with COVID-19 and need to isolate until a doctor tells you that you no longer need to
have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19
live with someone who is at high risk of getting sick from COVID-19, and a doctor or health professional has told people in the household to isolate to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to vulnerable household members
have been asked to self-isolate by public health officials
need to stay home and look after a dependent child who needs support to self-isolate.
Your employer can get $600 per week if you work full time, and $359 per week if you work part time to pass on to you. To be eligible for a one-week payment, you need to be self-isolating for at least four consecutive calendar days.
Talk to your employer if you think you meet the criteria.
If you are having trouble paying your rent due to COVID-19, let your landlord know straight away. You may be able to work together to agree on a repayment plan, or negotiate your rent for a period of time so you can stay in your home.
If you are an international student and are experiencing financial hardship, we recommend you speak to your education provider or student association. They may be able to offer you free budgeting advice, or tell you about funds that are available.