Support for people returning from Melbourne

28 May 2021.

People in New Zealand who’ve been in the wider Melbourne area since 20 May 2021 are required by the Ministry of Health to stay at home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more information visit the Ministry of Health.

COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

If they can't work from home, their employer (and those self-employed) can apply for support through COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.

The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is a one-off payment of $350 (after tax) for each eligible worker in any 30-day period (unless a health official or a medical practitioner tell the worker to get another test).

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Anyone who’s been at a location of interest in Victoria is required to get a test, and isolate until they're told by a medical officer of health they can leave self-isolation.

If they can't work from home, their employer (and those self-employed) may be able to apply for support through the Leave Support Scheme if they need to stay home even after they have a negative test result.

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is paid as a 2-week lump sum per eligible employee.

The Leave Support Scheme is paid at a flat rate of:

  • $585.80 a week for full-time workers who work 20 hours or more a week
  • $350 a week for part-time workers who work less than 20 hours a week.

It's only possible to get one of these COVID support payments at a time – you can't receive Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence payment at the same time.

These payments are not available for people whose return from Australia has been delayed.

New Zealanders who remain in Melbourne must follow the instructions of the Victorian authorities and check Victoria Health's website for locations of interest and keep checking the New Zealand Unite Against COVID-19 homepage for latest updates.