Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment available to Northern Territory workers

2 July 2021

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

Minister for National Recovery and Resilience and Emergency Management

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for Government Services

People in the Northern Territory who can’t earn an income because they’ve been asked to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days may now be eligible for the $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

Following recent cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Territory, an agreement has been made with the NT Government that workers in the NT can now access the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. This means all states and territories in Australia now have access to this payment.

A person may be eligible for the $1500 payment if they:

  • have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine, or they are caring for someone with COVID-19;
  • are a parent or guardian of a child aged 16 or under who has been instructed to self-isolate; and
  • have used all appropriate leave entitlements, including any special pandemic leave.

As is the case in other states, workers in the NT won’t be eligible for the payment if they are receiving income, earnings or salary maintenance from work, or Federal or state government income support.

The payment can be claimed again if health officials extend the self-isolation or quarantine period longer than 14 days.

The fastest and easiest way to make a claim is over the phone by calling 180 22 66.

To date, more than $30.6 million has been paid in Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments, with over 20,400 claims granted nationwide since 6 August 2020.

More information is available at



Media contact:

Minister Reynolds’ Office: 0456 822 252

Minister McKenzie’s Office: 0439 438 500

Page last updated: 2 July 2021