Friday 10 September 2021

The NSW Government is now providing the $320 COVID-19 Test and Isolate support payment across the state to support eligible workers who need to self-isolate and are unable to work while waiting for their COVID-19 test result.

The $320 payment is to encourage workers to get tested immediately if they are feeling unwell, even with mild symptoms, and to isolate at home and avoid potential COVID-19 transmission.

To be eligible, workers must

  • be 17 years and over
  • have had a COVID-19 test:
  • have needed to self-isolate after their COVID-19 test, or be the carer or guardian for someone who needed to self-isolate after their test
  • be likely to have worked during the period of self-isolation and are unable to work due to being required to self-isolate following a COVID-19 test
  • not have access to sick/carer/pandemic leave entitlements, and not be receiving or eligible for any other income support including a pandemic payment.

Applications can be lodged once in a 30-day period, from the date a person has taken the COVID-19 test.

For more information or to apply visit Service NSW.

Looking after your mental health

Looking after your business, workers and income is a big concern for many, but mental health is also important during these challenging times. Support is available for individuals and businesses who need it.

If you or someone you know needs support, call one of the following numbers:

  • Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
  • MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • NSW Health Mental Health Line 1800 011 511.

There has never been a more important time to get vaccinated, get tested, and follow the COVID-19 rules.