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Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment: How to claim $750 if you have Covid

Scott Morrison has spruiked a scheme to compensate people unable go to work and get paid after being infected with Covid. Here’s what you need to know.

Scott Morrison has told people to get familiar with how they can receive $750 each week if they’re forced to isolate and miss out on being paid a salary due to Covid.

It comes as NSW recorded 38,625 cases on Friday, Victoria recorded 21,728 infections and Queensland set a new record with 10,953 positive results.

There were also 1489 new cases in Tasmania and 1246 in the ACT.

People are required to isolate for at least seven days if they record a positive result or are deemed a close contact.

The Prime Minister has reminded people to learn about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment amid the skyrocketing case numbers.

“I encourage people to become familiar with the supports that are in place,” he said.

“That support is there for (for people if they are) forced to isolate because of a state government requirement.

“Large numbers of Australians have done that, and it’s been an important tool that we’ve had. “It’s funded together with the states and territories.”

How it works

The payment provides $750 for every seven days a person is in isolation, quarantine or needs to care for a person with Covid.

If someone needs the payment for longer than seven days they have to submit a new claim each week.

The payment was initially $1500 for each 14-day period in isolation, but this was changed to a weekly support of $750 from December 9.

For someone to be eligible they must be at least 17 years old and an Australian resident or hold a visa giving them the right to work in the country.

They must also be unable to go to work and earn an income and have no sick leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or carer’s leave.

Couples can complete claims together and don’t need to fill out separate forms.

The support is taxable, meaning people need to include it in their tax return.

If a person gets the Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy they need to include the financial support in their family income estimate as taxable income.

People who want to claim the payment should call 180 22 66 or visit the Services Australia website. This is the form someone has to fill out.

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