Test & Isolate payment available to all NSW Residents

A one off support payment is available to eligible workers who reside anywhere is NSW when they are required to take a COVID 19 test and isolate immediately.

To be found eligible for the $320 one off payment you must:

  • Be 17yrs old or older;
  • Taken a COVID 19 test (nose & throat swabs known as PCR tests). As of 9th of September 2021 all residents of NSW are able to access the grant if they meet eligibility criteria;
  • Have needed to self isolate after your COVID 19 test, or be the carer or guardian for someone who needed to self isolate after their test;
  • Would of worked during the period of self isolation and are unable to attend work because you are required to self isolate after a COVID 19 test or having to care for someone who is required to self isolate after their COVID 19 test

You will not be eligible if:

  • You can work from home during your time of self-isolation
  • Are able to receive any income, earning or salary during your time of self isolation
  • Are able to access Special pandemic leave, sick leave or carers leave
  • Are receiving an income support payment from the Australian Government (this also includes the COVID 19 Disaster payment or Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) or financial support from the NSW Government (Ie Micro Business grant or JobSaver payment) during the time you are required to self isolate
  • You have been instructed by NSW Health to test and isolate as you have been identified as a close contact of a known COVID 19 case
  • Undertaken a Rapid Antigen test
  • Or are an essential worker that is required to test every 3 days

Before you apply

  • You will need a MyServiceNSW account – An account can be created at the start of your application
  • Date, Time and location of your COVID 19 test (If you were provided with a reference number from NSW Health you must provide this number or name of the testing facility , if known
  • 1 proof of ID – ie. Australian Drivers licence, medicare card or passport
  • Proof of residential address – ie. Lease agreement or electricity bill
  • Proof of employment – payslip, contract, letter from your employer or if you are a sole trader, your ABN
  • Provide your bank account details you would like funds to be deposited to

How to apply

  • Check the eligibility criteria – do you meet the requirements?
  • Have all documentation and supporting evidence ready to be uploaded during the application (you cannot save or restart during the application process)
  • Click the apply online button through the ServiceNSW website
  • Create or login to your ServiceNSW account
  • Confirm your identity
  • Confirm personal details
  • Answer all eligibility questions
  • Provide details of your COVID 19 test
  • Upload supporting evidence of employment and proof of address documents
  • Provide your bank account details
  • Review your application
  • Complete all declarations
  • Submit your application to ServiceNSW

Once the application has been submitted you will receive an email confirmation with your application reference number.  If email confirmation is not received check your Junk Mail folder.  If ServiceNSW requires further information to complete your application they will contact you.

If you application is found to be successful you will be paid $320 within 3 days of lodging.

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