Are you a casual nurse or midwife? You could be eligible for this COVID-19 pandemic payment
The High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment (HRSPP) is provided by the federal government to support casual staff working in high-risk settings who lose at least 8 hours work as a result of testing positive for COVID-19.
The payment amount will depend on the amount of work hours lost:
- $450 if you lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s pay, but less than 20 hours
- $750 if you lost 20 hours or more of work.
Check if you’re eligible for the High-Risk Settings Pandemic Payment
To be eligible for the lump sum payment, you must meet all of the following:
- you have not claimed or been paid HRSPP or Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for any day since testing positive to COVID-19
- work in a high-risk setting
- have no paid leave entitlements available
- have lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work
- have liquid assets of less than $10,000 on the first day of the period you’re claiming for
- you submit a claim within 14 days of the first day you can’t go to work.
A high-risk setting can be any of the following that involves frequent close contact:
- aged care, including home care with close personal care and support services
- disability care, including home care with close personal care and support services
- Aboriginal healthcare, including workers employed by National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHOs), community health care, Aboriginal drug and alcohol services and support services
- hospital care, including day hospitals and smaller facilities, paramedical, ambulance, patient transport and support
- custodial settings, such as prison, youth justice and secure welfare services.
You’re not eligible for this payment if you’re able to work from home. See the full details of this payment at the Services Australia website to check if you qualify.
How to claim
To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink. Step-by-step instructions can be found on this page for you to complete the claim.