Under the scheme, workers can access a $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment if they are required to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone for 14 days but have exhausted all leave entitlements, including any other special pandemic leave.
Workers can claim the payment again if their self-isolation or quarantine period is extended longer than 14 days.
However, workers will not be eligible for the payment if they are receiving income, earnings or salary maintenance from work, receiving JobKeeper payment or other forms of federal or state government income support.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is also available to Queenslanders who cannot earn an income because they are caring for someone who has COVID-19.
“Many Queenslanders are in a situation where they have had to self-isolate or quarantine and have used up their leave entitlements, leaving them with no income,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They may be eligible for the payment and others may also be eligible if they’re the parent or guardian of a child aged 16 or under who has been instructed to isolate as they are a close contact.”
The development leaves South Australia as the only state yet to sign on to the scheme.
New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia have already adopted the federal government’s paid pandemic leave provisions.