More casual workers will be eligible for paid pandemic leave after the South Australian government announced a new scheme.
The payment is similar to others available in Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and also Victoria.
More casual workers eligible for paid pandemic leave
Under the scheme, casual workers in SA will be eligible to receive up to $1,500.
The payment will help workers forced to self-isolate or who care for someone else who is self-isolating for 14-days.
However, those already receiving JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments will not be eligible.
Those who qualify
To qualify for the paid pandemic leave scheme, a person must be:
- an Australian citizen;
- or a permanent resident;
- or hold a necessary visa
- and also be over the age of 17.
They must also be able to prove they would have ordinarily worked.
Additionally, workers in coronavirus clusters will be eligible for a $300 “testing” payment while they self-isolate and await test results.
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Incentive to do the right thing
SA Health Minister Stephen Wade says the scheme is an incentive for casual workers to do the right thing and stay home for the good of public health.
“The last thing we want is for any South Australian to have to make a choice between putting food on the table and protecting the community from possible infection and a potential second wave.
“We’ve seen interstate the serious consequences of individuals who have continued to work while showing symptoms of COVID-19 or awaiting test results.
“Data from Victoria indicating as many as nine out of 10 people who later tested positive for coronavirus were not self-isolating between the onset of symptoms and getting a test.
“These payments will remove the financial burden on local workers who may be required to isolate pending a COVID-19 test result or directed into quarantine following a positive test.”
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