Australian government payments and assistance.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia
A Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia of up to $1,500 is available for eligible people who have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home due to a public health direction or a positive COVID-19 test.
To check your eligibility and to apply, visit the Services Australia website.
This payment replaces the ‘South Australian Paid Pandemic Leave Scheme.’
Individual and household support
The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through COVID-19. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.
South Australian government support
SA COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment
The South Australian COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment is a single $300 payment to provide financial support to workers in South Australia who are required to self-isolate because of a public health direction from SA Health and mandatory COVID-19 testing, and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
To be eligible, you (or someone you care for) must meet all these criteria:
- 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.
To check your eligibility and to apply, complete the Online Application Form.
If you need assistance, please call (08) 8226 2500.
SA COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment – FAQs (DOCX, 613.3 KB) - 23 October 2020
SA COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment – FAQs (PDF, 227.9 KB) - 23 October 2020
Cost of living concession
A once-off boost of $500 is available to households who are receiving the Centrelink JobSeeker payment. This measure is to assist people who are unemployed or lose their jobs as a result of COVID-19. For more information including eligibility, visit the cost of living page.
International Student Support
On 21 April 2020, the South Australian Government announced a new $13.8 million support package for South Australia’s international education sector. The funding, which is part of the Community and Jobs Support Fund, is designed to support international students residing in South Australia impacted by the coronavirus restrictions.