Other government information & assistance

Published 7 April 2020 | Updated 21 September 2020

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Australian Government has introduced a Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for some workers during coronavirus. It is available to eligible workers in all six Australian states. The payment is available to workers who:

  • don’t have paid sick leave and can’t earn an income because they have to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive coronavirus case, or
  • are caring for someone with coronavirus.

For more information about the payment, eligibility requirements and how to claim it, visit Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment external-icon.png on Services Australia's website.

Victorian Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment

Some Victorian workers may also be eligible for a Victorian Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment from the Victorian Government. Learn more at Victoria – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment external-icon.png.

A list of government services and agencies providing information, advice and services relating to coronavirus: 

Latest government updates on coronavirus

For the latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia visit Australia.gov.au external-icon.png.

Health advice

  • Australian Government Department of Health external-icon.png – for the latest information on the virus, including requirements and conditions for isolation and quarantine periods and when testing should be sought.
  • Payments and services

    Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – Services Australia external-icon.png – for information on a payment available to some workers in all six Australian states who need to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive coronavirus case and don’t have paid sick leave.

State coronavirus hardship payments

Some Australian states are also providing hardship payments for certain workers who don’t have access to paid sick leave and can’t work because they are waiting for coronavirus test results. Go to:


Redundancy and job seeking

  • I want a job external-icon.png on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website – information on employment programs and services that can help
  • Help for workers who have recently lost their job external-icon.png on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website – resources for workers who have been made redundant, including information about rights, entitlements and support services.
  • What employers want external-icon.png on JobActive – information about the kinds of things employers are looking for when hiring employees.

Business support

  • Business.gov.au external-icon.png – for information about financial assistance, eligibility and timing for new government support for Australian businesses.

Health and safety in the workplace

Tax and superannuation

  • Australian Taxation Office external-icon.png – for information on early access to superannuation, providing cash flow assistance for employers and other government measures relating to tax and superannuation.

Family and domestic violence support services

  • 1800 RESPECT external-icon.png – provides confidential information, counselling and support for people impacted by family and domestic violence.

Mental health and wellbeing support services

Visa holders

Travel advice

Economic response

  • Australian Government Treasury external-icon.png department – for information on the Federal Government's economic response to coronavirus, including information on support for individuals, businesses and the economy.

Privacy and information

Public health unit advice

Online safety

  • Stay Smart Online external-icon.png – for information about COVID-19 related scams and phishing emails, including what to look out for and how to stay safe.

Western Australia state system

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