Support for international students
All the information you need to get financial assistance.
If you are directed to self-isolate or quarantine by NSW Health and can’t earn an income, or are caring for someone with COVID-19, you may be eligible for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will receive $1,500 for each 14 day period you’ve been told to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19
You may be eligible if NSW Health has told you to self-isolate or quarantine. They need to give you these directions for any of the following reasons:
You may also be eligible if you're caring for someone who has COVID-19.
You must also meet all of the following:
If you’re a member of a couple, you can both claim this payment. You and your partner will need to complete separate claims.
You won’t be eligible if, during your 14 day isolation period, you get or got:
To claim, you can choose one of the following:
You must make a new claim for each 14 day period.
The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is taxable income. This means you’ll need to include it in your 2020-21 Income Tax Return. Different taxation rules apply if you have a Child Support Assessment or get family assistance.
If you require longer term help, check the payment guide.