WA's Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - Recent changes, are you eligible? The Federal government has recently moved to make changes to the existing $750 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) for those individuals required to self-isolate. The government has announced that Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now sufficient proof to show that you've been infected with COVID-19 and are eligible for the PLDP. Previously, a laboratory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test was required as proof and the addition of RATs now provide an extra avenue individuals may explore as proof that they have been infected by the virus. If you are not familiar with the PLDP and its terms, a brief summary can be found below.
  • You are eligible for the payment if you are isolating due to COVID-19 or caring for someone infected with COVID-19
  • For claims related to self-isolation periods beginning on or after 9 December 2021, you will receive $750 per each 7 day period you are required to self-isolate or are caring for someone isolating due to COVID-19
  • You must make a new claim for each 7 day period
  • You will need to include the payment received in your Income Tax Return as the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is Taxable Income
Please note, you are not eligible for the PLDP should you be receiving any income from paid work (including as sick or annual leave), income support payments or the COVID-19 Disaster Payment. If you would like additional information in respect of the PLDP please refer to the Services Australia website (here) for more information. Should you require any assistance with regard to eligibility and application for the PLDP, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.