One-Off Pandemic Leave Payment

4th August 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that employees who need to self-isolate in accordance with public health orders but have no sick leave available will be able to access a one-off pandemic leave disaster payment.

In a press conference today, Mr Morrison said those with no sick leave available to them will be eligible for a $1,500 payment for the fortnight they would be required to be in isolation.

He said that payment will be modelled on the exact same set of criteria that the Victorian government has put in place for it’s paid pandemic leave scheme.

“Those payments are principally made to those who are on short-term visas who otherwise wouldn’t have accessed Commonwealth payments,” Mr Morrison said.

“We will make sure that everyone else who finds themselves in this situation and they don’t have that leave available through their sick leave because it’s been exhausted will get a $1,500 payment for that fortnight”.

The announcement comes after both the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions united to lobby the government earlier today to implement a paid pandemic leave scheme as COVID-19 transmission in workplaces spikes in Victoria.


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