Leave Support Scheme (LSS) and Short Term Absence Payments (STAP)

The LSS is provides financial support for business to pay workers who are required to stay away from work to self isolate and cannot work from home. 

To qualify, the relevant employee(s) must have tested positive for Covid-19 or is otherwise required to self isolate e.g. because they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. 

A two week lump payment is made to the employer calculated as follows: 

  • $585.80 a week for people working 20 hours or more; or 
  • $350.00 a week for people working less than 20 hours.

The STAP provides financial support for businesses to pay employees in situations where they are not required to self isolate for 14 days, but may be required to stay at home and unable to work from home while waiting for a Covid-19 test result. The STAP is a single one off payment of $350 for each eligible employee. Businesses may only apply once in any 30 day period for the STAP.


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