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Paid pandemic leave extended to NSW workers

Workplace Relations & Safety

In good news for workers living in NSW, you can now access paid pandemic leave if you are required to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has COVID-19 and don't have access to other paid sick or carer's leave entitlements.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

What is the pandemic leave payment?

The payment is a lump sum payment from the Commonwealth Government of $1,500 for each 14 days you've been told to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19.

The direction to self-isolate or quarantine must have come from NSW Health.

Who is eligible for paid pandemic leave?

You may be eligible if NSW Health has told you to self-isolate or quarantine for any of the following reasons:

  • you have 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 has been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19

You must also meet all of the following:

  • you live in New South Wales
  • you are at least 17 years old
  • you're an Australian resident or hold a visa that allows you 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 17 September 2020

Who is not eligible for paid pandemic leave?

You will not be eligible if, during your 14-day isolation period, you receive any of the following:

  • any income from paid work
  • any income support payments, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, Paid Parental Leave or Dad and Partner Pay
  • JobKeeper payment

Our team is actively monitoring and considering the implications of legal and regulatory developments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find our COVID-19 collection here.

All information on this site is of a general nature only and is not intended to be relied upon as, nor to be a substitute for, specific legal professional advice. No responsibility for the loss occasioned to any person acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material published can be accepted.

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