COVID-19 Support for Migrant Workers

FinancialAssistance COVID19

Federal government support

Payments may be available to you if you are affected by COVID-19. Holders of a visa with working rights in Australia are eligible to apply for the following payment.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available for workers who are unable to earn income because they have to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 or care for someone subject to these requirements. Please see ‘State & Territory Specific Support’ for links to the scheme for your jurisdiction. More information from Services Australia regarding COVID-19 support in general are available here.

Please note that the COVID-19 Disaster Payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order is no longer available.

Healthcare support

COVID-19 tests and vaccinations (including boosters) are free for everyone.

For COVID-19 tests, PCR/ RT-PCR testing is available for free. However, states and territories may specify that only certain categories of people should seek out a PCR/ RT-PCR test. Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for COVID-19 are also available. However, you may have to pay for a RAT unless you meet the Commonwealth or state or territory criteria for free or discounted RATs. You may also wish to enquire with your employer if they will be providing RATs to employees.

For more information regarding testing and vaccinations:

State and territory specific support

New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

South Australia

Western Australia

Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Tasmania

Need more info?

The United Workers Union has put together COVID-19 information and resources relevant to workers.
Information current as of 21 January 2022.