Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced a fortnight’s $1500 ‘pandemic leave disaster payment’ for Victorian workers without sick leave who are directed to stay at home and self-isolate by a public health official.
This came after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state was moving into stage four restrictions as a response to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic – meaning an increased lockdown that will force many businesses to cease operations while the new restrictions are in place.
The payment is can be accessed multiple times, if those affected are required to self-isolate for 14 days on more than one occasion. Those wishing to apply can call 180-22-66 to apply, and must:
- Be 17 or older.
- Live and work in Victoria.
- Be required to self-isolate (or be the primary carer of someone under 16 who needs to self-isolate).
- Be required to otherwise work during the 14-day period of isolation.
- Have exhausted any sick leave or pandemic leave entitlements their employer provides.
- Pass a 100-point ID check.
It is currently only available to workers in Victoria – including those on short-term work visas – but could be extended to other states and territories if they also enter a state of disaster due to COVID-19.
In addition, the Morrison Government has also announced that it would provide $33 million in childcare relief payments for thousands of Victorian families – ensuring childcare service providers can remain viable and their staff can continue to work during the lockdown.
Visit the Australian Government website for more information, and for any additional announcements regarding federal COVID-19 support.
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