PCR testing payment

Last Updated: 10 May 2022 9:32am

You may be eligible for a $250 PCR test payment from the Tasmanian Government to help cover lost income or earnings while isolating and waiting for a PCR test result. You may also be eligible if you are a carer of someone who is required to isolate due to waiting for a PCR test result.

This payment is only available for PCR tests – not rapid antigen tests (RATs).

This payment is available to eligible people for PCR tests undertaken on or after 3 December 2021.

You can receive the payment multiple times, but only once in a 30-day period.

If you test positive, you can also apply for a $750 payment as a confirmed case that is required to isolate. Read more about this grant.

If you receive the payment for PCR testing, you will not be eligible for the Australian Government’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.


You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a Tasmanian resident
  • be able to demonstrate that you have lost income or earnings while waiting for a PCR test
  • have no access to or have exhausted paid sick leave or carer’s leave entitlements
  • not be receiving Australian Government income support or the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for the relevant seven-day quarantine period.

Read more about the eligibility criteria.


You will be asked to provide the following to support your application:

  • evidence you reside in Tasmania
  • evidence that you have had a PCR test and are isolating while awaiting your result, or are caring for a dependant who is isolating while awaiting a test result
  • evidence of lost income and that you have no access to or have exhausted paid sick leave or carer’s leave entitlements.

Read more about evidence requirements.

To find out more, ring the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Testing as a condition of work

Employees who are required or directed by their workplace to undertake a COVID-19 test to be able to work are not eligible for this payment.

It is anticipated that workplaces would support staff to meet testing requirements, for example providing RATs or paid leave to undertake PCR testing.