Individual grants

Last Updated: 10 May 2022 9:31am

Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants

Payments are available from the Tasmanian Government to support workers and self-employed people who lose income or earnings because of impacts of COVID-19 experienced on or after 3 December 2021.

These payments and who can apply for them change over time to reflect public health directions.

Currently, payments are available for:

  • Positive cases and their carers
  • Close contacts who work in a high-risk setting but are not identified as a critical worker.

Before applying for the positive cases and close contacts payment, check if you are eligible for the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. To find out more, contact Services Australia by calling 180 2266 or visiting Service Australia.

Eligibility criteria and evidence requirements

To be eligible for any of the Tasmanian Government payments, you must meet certain criteria and provide supporting evidence, as outlined below:

To be eligible for any of the Tasmanian Government payments, you must meet certain criteria and provide supporting evidence, as outlined below:

Criteria

Detail

Evidence

Live in Tasmania

You must have a residential address in Tasmania

Examples of proof of residence:


  • driver’s licence
  • rental agreement
  • utility bills eg power, water
  • statutory declaration

Work in Tasmania

You must have paid work in Tasmania.


Fly-in fly-out workers and visitors/tourists are not eligible.

Details of your employer – this will be confirmed with your employer.


Confirmation that you are self-employed.

Have lost income or earnings

Your income must come from paid work. This can be a job or your business if you are self-employed, regardless of whether you:


  • are drawing income from rental properties, bank interest etc.
  • have liquid assets (cash, savings)

Are unable to use leave because you are a casual or do not have any leave entitlements left

You must have exhausted paid leave, including:


  • sick  leave
  • carer’s leave
  • special pandemic leave

You are eligible if you cannot access the above leave, regardless of whether you have access to paid annual leave.

Your leave entitlement/casual employment will be verified with your employer.

Are not receiving any Australian Government income support

This includes:


  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Jobseeker
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
  • Parenting Payment
  • Special Benefit
  • Youth Allowance

You are still eligible if you receive the Family Tax Benefit.

No evidence required

Positive case

Carer of a positive case

You, or a dependent you are caring for, must have isolated as a positive case following a positive RAT or PCR test result

Evidence can include:

  • Message from Public Health about   your positive PCR test result
  • Evidence you have submitted your positive RAT to Public Health
  • If you are caring for a person who is a positive case and must isolate - the PCR or positive RAT result for a child or other person that you care for while they are in isolation

A medical certificate if you are required to isolate for more than seven days as a positive case or the carer of a positive case, owing to persistent symptoms.

Close contact high risk workplace worker

Close contact

You must have isolated as a close contact because you work in a high-risk setting but are not identified as a critical worker.

You can be notified you are a close contact by Public Health or another person who is a positive case.

Evidence can include:

  • Message from Public Health that you are a close contact
  • Name and address of the person who has tested positive, their evidence of being a positive case and confirmation from you that you were in a close contact setting with them.

Evidence of your workplace. Your workplace’s status as a high-risk setting with an exemption in place and your status as a critical worker will be confirmed by the assessment team.

Positive case


You, or a dependent you are caring for, must have isolated as a positive case.

Evidence can include:


  • Message from Public Health about   your positive PCR test result
  • Evidence you have submitted your   positive RAT to Public Health

A medical certificate if you are required to isolate for more than seven days as a positive case

Not be receiving the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

You must have applied for and been denied the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

Evidence is a letter from Services Australia confirming you are not eligible.