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Tasmania signs on to pandemic leave scheme

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
27 August 2020 1 minute readShare
Tasmania signs on to pandemic leave scheme

The Tasmanian government has reached an agreement with the federal government’s paid pandemic leave scheme, the second state to do so after Victoria.

If an individual in Tasmania is instructed by a health official to stay home from work, and has used up all their sick leave entitlements, including any special pandemic leave, they may be eligible to make a claim.

The lump-sum payment to help workers during their 14-day self-isolation period applies from 22 August.

Under the scheme, individuals are eligible for the payment if they are not receiving income, earnings or salary maintenance from work, receiving the JobKeeper payment or other forms of Australian government income support.

They can claim a payment again should an extended quarantine period longer than 14 days be instructed by health officials.

People may also be eligible if they’re the parent or guardian of a child aged 16 or under who is a close contact or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier in August, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a national paid pandemic leave scheme, linking it to the state of disaster in Victoria following its government’s announcement of a second lockdown. The other states and territories are yet to sign on to the federal 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.

More than $8.8 million has been paid for almost 6,000 granted claims in Victoria since 6 August.

Tasmania signs on to pandemic leave scheme
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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