Two weeks ago, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced $1,500 payments for Victorians who were required to self-isolate because they had caught Covid-19 or were a close contact of a confirmed case.
But with some 10,000 Melburnians refusing to be tested, Andrews has acknowledged that taking a test – and consequently testing positive – might mean missing income from work.
“Their economic circumstances might be very uncertain and the notion of having two days away from work while you wait for your test result may be a big challenge,” he said on Wednesday on The Project.
“That is why we've put in place essentially a no questions asked hardship payment, a $1,500 payment to deal with that perhaps as a disincentive to getting tested.”
Original announcement: $1,500 payments for Victorians
Also read: 5 million Aussies to get $750 from 13 July
Are you eligible for the $1,500?
But to qualify for the $1,500 ‘Covid-19 Worker support payment’, there are a few boxes you have to tick.
To begin with, you have to either have Covid-19 or be a close contact with someone who has it, and have been instructed by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to self-isolate or quarantine at home.
You also have to be:
17 years and over;
Currently living in Victoria (this includes people on Temporary Protection Visas and Temporary Working Visas 457 and 482);
Employed, and likely would have worked during the period of self-isolation/home quarantine and aren’t able to work because of the requirement to stay home;
Someone who isn’t receiving income from work as a result of having to self-isolate or quarantine at home;
A worker that has exhausted sick leave, including pandemic leave; and
You can’t be receiving the JobKeeper payment, or receiving any other form of Australian government income support.
How do I apply to receive my $1,500 Covid-19 payment?
There’s only one way you'll get your $1,500 payment.
The DHHS case and contact tracing team reaches out to confirmed cases of the coronavirus as well as their close contacts.
“A needs assessment for the payment will be done over the phone,” the DHHS website states.
So, in other words, if you’re eligible for the payment, they’ll get in touch with you.
“This is the only way to access this payment.”
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