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How do I get SA’s coronavirus payment? $300 and $1,500 payments for workers who self-isolate

South Australians could be eligible for up to $1,500 if they are forced to self-isolate amid the state’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

Five new cases were linked to the Parafield cluster on Tuesday, bringing its total to 20.

One is connected to the Anglicare aged care facility in Brompton while the remaining three are family members of a security guard at Peppers medi-hotel in the Adelaide CBD.

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier says the fifth result just came in and the interview process is still underway.

Queues at Victoria Park stretched for kilometres as South Australians flooded the drive-through clinic. Credit: Kelly Barnes/Getty Images

More than 11,000 South Australians have been tested for COVID-19 in the past 48 hours as they flock to stem the virus’ spread but, for many, wait times mean loss of income.

In response, the state government has a number of coronavirus payments available to help soften the blow.

Disaster Payment – $1,500

A Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment of up to $1,500 is available for eligible people who have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home for the full two weeks due to a public health direction or a positive COVID-19 test.

These may include people who have attended one of two high-risk locations at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Elizabeth.

To be eligible for the $1,500 cash, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old and live in South Australia
  • be an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • be unable to go to work and earn an income
  • have no appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person

More details and how to apply can be found here.

Cluster Payment – $1,500

A Cluster Isolation Payment of $300 is also available to those who are required to self-isolate while awaiting test results and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.

To be eligible, you (or someone you care for) must meet:

  • be part of a designated COVID-19 cluster (as notified by the Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate) starting on or after 24 August 2020
  • have undertaken a COVID-19 test
  • be required to self-isolate pending the test result
  • have been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolation
  • have no access to paid leave or other income support
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a holder of necessary visa and work permits (temporary visa holders and international students)
  • be aged 17 years or over

More details and how to apply can be found here.

‘Early days’ of cluster

Spurrier says she sympathises with South Australians’ frustrations over delayed test results but has applauded the thousands of people who have done the right thing.

“I urge you to be patient and we will inform you as the time passes as to your situation,” she said.

“I know the waiting times for clinics can be quite long but we are trying to get additional staff in place and working to have them open for longer periods of time.”

South Australian Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier. File image
South Australian Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier. File image Credit: AAP

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