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Has anybody else applied? Has anybody got a payment recently? Apples 1 week ago, no correspondence, no payment, nothing. I assume they have a big backlog of claims, based on recent numbers!
 

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This thread relates to the continuing Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment rather than the COVID-19 Disaster Payment (which is no longer available).

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Has anybody else applied? Has anybody got a payment recently? Apples 1 week ago, no correspondence, no payment, nothing. I assume they have a big backlog of claims, based on recent numbers!
What do you mean? I don't think people need handouts, look at inflation, people have become quite rich in Australia, past 10 years. There are SO many jobs out there right now. Most only require 40hrs of work a week for the same wage as an uber driver doing 80hrs a week. See below and start applying, plenty way's to start earning a lot of money and working just half the hours. Work less and make more $$$, everyone is doing it and getting rich, that's how they can afford to pay $1 million for a 3 bedroom split townhouse in Blacktown now. You are in control, remember....being poor is a choice.

 

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Has anybody else applied? Has anybody got a payment recently? Apples 1 week ago, no correspondence, no payment, nothing. I assume they have a big backlog of claims, based on recent numbers!
Just read a report on this. Apparently Services Australia handles this and no immediate proof is required. Applications will be retro checked at a later date so proof of a positive test should be retained. A photo of an RAT test is fine. Report states that payments should be issued "within days". Vague as per usual of course. Could be a backlog of course, as you say. Good luck 👍.
 

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This thread relates to the continuing Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment rather than the COVID-19 Disaster Payment (which is no longer available).

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Note that (unlike the COVID-19 Disaster Payment), the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is assessable income for income tax purposes.

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The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your Income Tax Return.’

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(The payment is not, however, subject to GST as the recipient doesn’t make a supply of goods or services to receive it.)
 

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Changes to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

Release Date
08 January 2022

Media release

Senator The Hon Bridget Mckenzie
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience

Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston
Acting Minister for Government Services

Changes will be made to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment to ensure it aligns with recent changes to testing and isolation requirements agreed by National Cabinet.

Firstly, from Monday 10 January 2022, in line with the changes to testing requirements, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results will be accepted in addition to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results. People will need to have advice of a positive test from a testing clinic or health professional or evidence that they have registered a positive result from a home-administered RAT with their state health authority.

Effective from 18 January 2022, people who have lost at least a day of work because they are isolating due to being COVID-19 positive, caring for someone who is COVID-19 positive or meet the definition of a close contact may be eligible for up to $750.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the changes would ensure the payment remained targeted and available for those who need it most.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Morrison Government has stood shoulder to shoulder with Australians,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment ensures that eligible workers either diagnosed with COVID-19, identified as a close contact or caring for someone with COVID-19 can access the support they need.

“A close contact will be anyone who cares for, or lives in the same household as, a COVID-19 positive person, has spent more than four hours in the same house or is required to isolate.”

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment will be scaled based on the number of hours of work the individual has lost or expects to lose during an isolation period of up to seven days:
  • Individuals who have lost or expect to lose 20 hours or more will continue to be entitled to $750.
  • Individuals have lost or expect to lose at least a day of work or up to 19 hours will be entitled to $450.
A financial hardship test will also be introduced with individuals who have available funds of $10,000 or more ineligible to ensure the taxpayer funded payments are targeted to those who need them most.

The financial assistance is being jointly funded by the Australian and state and territory governments.
Acting Minister for Government Services, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston said the funding would contribute to national efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

“The Morrison Government remains committed to supporting people who cannot go to work due to COVID-19 and who are doing the right thing and protecting the community by following health directions and staying at home,” Minister Ruston said.

“As at 3 January, over $236 million has been paid to Australians required to isolate through the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

“A new online claim system is also being stood up to support the Payment, making it simpler and easier for people to apply.”

Claims can be made via your Centrelink Online Account in myGov.

If a person can’t use online services they can call 180 22 66 for help claiming this payment.

Individuals will have 14 days from the commencement of their isolation period to claim the payment.
 

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What do you mean? I don't think people need handouts, look at inflation, people have become quite rich in Australia, past 10 years. There are SO many jobs out there right now. Most only require 40hrs of work a week for the same wage as an uber driver doing 80hrs a week. See below and start applying, plenty way's to start earning a lot of money and working just half the hours. Work less and make more $$$, everyone is doing it and getting rich, that's how they can afford to pay $1 million for a 3 bedroom split townhouse in Blacktown now. You are in control, remember....being poor is a choice.

All your posts sound the same. You are going on and on and on and on about the same thing. You don’t even understand the question @[email protected] has asked. He’s self isolating because his partner has COVID. This payment is for people who have no sick leave and are self isolating.
 

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All your posts sound the same. You are going on and on and on and on about the same thing. You don’t even understand the question @[email protected] has asked. He’s self isolating because his partner has COVID. This payment is for people who have no sick leave and are self isolating.
No, I was infected with COVID-19 just after Christmas, isolated and didn't work for 10 days, just applied for what was available to me The point I was making was you don't get any support very quickly, still waiting. There must be a large volume of applications!☹
 

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No, I was infected with COVID-19 just after Christmas, isolated and didn't work for 10 days, just applied for what was available to me The point I was making was you don't get any support very quickly, still waiting. There must be a large volume of applications!☹
From reading past threads on the other services Australia payments last year, some people canceled their application and reapplied if it wasn’t paid within hours each week or perhaps rings them. It should be automated especially if you automatically crossed checked against not being an active payg employee for someone else!
 

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All your posts sound the same. You are going on and on and on and on about the same thing. You don’t even understand the question @[email protected] has asked. He’s self isolating because his partner has COVID. This payment is for people who have no sick leave and are self isolating.
He didn't say he was off work and in self isolation because of his partner catching Covid in the original post. Read slower.
 

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No, I was infected with COVID-19 just after Christmas, isolated and didn't work for 10 days, just applied for what was available to me The point I was making was you don't get any support very quickly, still waiting. There must be a large volume of applications!☹
I see. In that case, milk the Government dry. You deserve to especially after catching the Virus whilst working. Uber is of no help.
 

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From reading past threads on the other services Australia payments last year, some people canceled their application and reapplied if it wasn’t paid within hours each week or perhaps rings them. It should be automated especially if you automatically crossed checked against not being an active payg employee for someone else!
So my question also has anybody else applied recently, have you gotten payment yet?
 

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He didn't say he was off work and in self isolation because of his partner catching Covid in the original post. Read slower.
My point is that there’s no need to berate someone who asks about government assistance.

You don’t know them personally, you don’t know their financial situation and you don’t know what’s going on in their personal life. He could have 9 children for all you know and requires the payment to feed them while he’s not working.
 

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My point is that there’s no need to berate someone who asks about government assistance.

You don’t know them personally, you don’t know their financial situation and you don’t know what’s going on in their personal life. He could have 9 children for all you know and requires the payment to feed them while he’s not working.
Thanks, lucky I don't have 9 children. But being in isolation meant that I couldn't take part in the NYE bonanza!😁
 
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