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WA joins paid pandemic leave scheme

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
17 September 2020 1 minute readShare
WA joins paid pandemic leave scheme

Western Australia has become the latest state to join the national paid pandemic leave scheme despite there being currently no community transmission of COVID-19.

The state becomes the third state to sign on to the scheme after Victoria and Tasmania.

New South Wales and South Australian communities situated along the Victorian border are also eligible for the scheme, even though both states are yet to sign on to the scheme.

Under the scheme, workers may be eligible to claim a $1,500 lump-sum payment should they be instructed by a health official to isolate for 14 days but have used up all their sick leave entitlements, including any special pandemic leave.

Individuals are also 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.

“Fortunately for us, Western Australia has no community transmission of COVID-19. However, it is all the more reason for us to not to be complacent if we want to continue to live in this COVID-safe way and enjoy the social and recreational benefits it has afforded us,” said WA Premier Mark McGowan.

“If we want to continue to operate in a well-performing, fully functioning economy, which has opened to a far greater degree than anywhere else in Australia, then we need to continue to heed health advice and ensure we have safe work environments that help reduce any spread of the virus.

“The message is clear. Should you become sick with COVID-19 or have to care for someone with COVID-19, then [you] should absolutely not be working or considering returning to work until you have the all-clear.”

More than $13.3 million in payments have been paid for around 9,000 granted claims since the paid pandemic leave scheme began on 6 August.

WA joins paid 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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