Disability Worker COVID-19 Leave Grant
About the Disability Worker COVID-19 Leave Grant
The Australian Government provided National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers grant funding to support eligible workers who were unable to attend work due to a COVID-19 infection between 1 April 2023 and 31 December 2023.
Under the grant, NDIS providers that made a payment to disability workers who delivered close personal support to NDIS participants, had lost hours due to a COVID-19 infection and had insufficient or no sick leave, were eligible for reimbursement.
NDIS providers that paid the worker at least the amount of the grant were eligible for reimbursement at the following rates:
- $450 per person where the worker has lost at least eight hours, and up to and including 20 hours of work
- $750 per person where the worker has lost more than 20 hours of work.
The grant recognised that some people with disability are at higher risk of severe impacts from COVID-19. It recognised the inherent risks in providing support to people with disability in high risk settings, including disability accommodation settings, and reduced the incentive for workers to continue to provide those supports if they contracted COVID-19.
The Disability Worker COVID-19 Leave Grant replaced the High Risk Settings Pandemic Payment.