Financial support for individuals
There’s help available to individuals who have had their work or life impacted by COVID-19.
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Support for individuals and households
You may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
If your income has been affected because you have been directed to self-isolate, quarantine at home, or care for someone with COVID-19, you may be eligible to claim the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
If eligible, you can claim $1500 for each 14 day period you’ve been told to self-isolate. This direction must come from a health official for any of the following reasons:
- you have COVID-19
- you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
- you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19
- you care for a child, 16 years or under, who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
Support for workers
There are a number of support packages available for individuals whose employment has been affected due to COVID-19. These include:
- Hardship payment for casual workers and eligible employees.
- Supporting apprentices and trainees wages subsidy.
Queensland Government Grants Finder
To find Queensland Government grants and assistance programs that may help you visit the Queensland Government’s Grant Finder.
Business Assistance Finder
To see what financial assistance and other types of relief are available to Queensland businesses impacted by COVID-19, visit the Business Assistance Finder.
Economic relief for businesses
To find coronavirus information and assistance for business and industry from the Queensland and Australian Governments, including the Small Business Adaption Grants Program, please visit Business Queensland.
Find out more about:
Small Business Hotline
National Debt Helpline
You can get help from a free financial counsellor by contacting the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007. Financial counsellors provide free, independent and confidential advice to help you manage your debts or negotiate with creditors. Unlike financial planners or advisors, they do not provide investment advice or recommend products. They do not receive commissions. The National Debt Helpline website also has step-by-step guides and useful information on how to deal with specific types of debts.
Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line
You can get free financial counselling by contacting the Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support Line on 1800 413 828. The financial counsellors can talk to small business owners and sole traders affected by the bushfires about all their options. Their services are non-judgmental, free, independent and confidential. For more information you can also visit the Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Support website.