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Test pay claim final day

TOMORROW is the last day for Victorians who have taken a PCR test to be eligible to claim the Test Isolation Payment.

Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said that the Victorian Government’s Test Isolation Payment was closing due to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) reducing the need to isolate for long periods while waiting for results.

Claims submitted before 9am on Wednesday 9 March will be assessed. Applicants must have taken a PCR test on or before Tuesday 1 March to be eligible to apply.

More than 30 million free RATs have been distributed by the Government at testing centres, to schools and early childcare facilities, and to critical workforces such as health services, aged care and food supply.

The Test Isolation Payment opened in July 2020 to support workers to stay home from work while waiting for the results of a PCR test.

The program paid $450 to eligible workers who were required to quarantine while waiting for test results. It has been an important part of the Government’s strategy to reduce the spread of the virus and financially support our most vulnerable workers.

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