Worker Support Payment

Key points

  •  If you have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because you are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case you may be eligible for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.
  • If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 that has been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you may be eligible for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.

The Victorian Government is providing one-off payments to financially support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

one-off $300 payment to support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while you wait for the results of your coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

one-off $1500 payment to support Victorian workers who:

Have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services that their child aged under 16 needs to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

To receive either payment you must be:

  • 17 years and over
  • currently living in Victoria (including people on Temporary Protection Visas and Temporary Working Visas 457 and 482)
  • in continuing employment, likely to have worked during the period of self-isolation or quarantine and are unable to work as a result of the requirement to stay at home.
  • You must not be receiving any income, earnings or salary maintenance from work.
  • You must have exhausted sick leave entitlements including any special pandemic leave.
  • You must not be receiving the JobKeeper payment or other forms of Australian Government income support

Workers include those that are permanent, casual, part-time, fixed term, and self-employed. You don’t need to be a citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) worker support payments recognise the requirement to self-isolate or quarantine at home can have a financial burden for some individuals and families.

Providing financial support can help reduce this burden, making it easier for people to stay at home while they wait for their test result.

For information on isolating and quarantining – including support available – visit Quarantine and Isolation.

Applications:

This is not an application for the worker support payment. You will be contacted by the Department of Health and Human Services to confirm your eligibility and obtain documents to support an application including evidence of identity and eligibility for leave or income support.

You can express your interest via the Registration for Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) Worker Support Payment form