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Paid pandemic leave expanded to communities bordering Victoria

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
31 August 2020 1 minute readShare
NSW Victoria border

Workers living in New South Wales and South Australia but work in Victoria are now eligible for the federal government’s paid pandemic leave scheme.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last week the extension of the payment to people who do not live in Victoria but who work in Victoria.

In addition, Victorians who were directed to self-isolate on or after 5 July can now also submit a claim for this payment.

“This is to ensure people who were not able to access the Victorian payment during this time don’t miss out on support,” Mr Morrison said.

The announcement comes after Tasmania signed on to the scheme last week, the second state to do so after Victoria.

Paid pandemic leave is a $1,500 lump-sum payment to help workers should they be required to self-isolate for 14 days but have used up all their leave entitlements, including any special pandemic leave.

Individuals may be eligible to claim this payment if they’ve been directed by health officials to stay home from work.

Further, individuals may also be eligible to make a claim 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.

Workers are also eligible for this payment if they’re not receiving any other income, including JobKeeper payment or other forms of Australian government income support.

People are able to claim this payment again if health officials instruct them to quarantine for a period longer than 14 days.

Paid pandemic leave expanded to communities bordering Victoria
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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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