Victorian government support more workers during COVID-19

6th August 2020

Victorians without sick leave are now eligible for an extra $1,500

Unlike Jobseeker and Jobkeeper, the latest State Government support payments will be provided to anyone living in Victoria, including temporary visa holders.

The payment from the Victorian Government is a one-off payment of $1,500 to anyone who is required to self-isolate or quarantine due to coronavirus.

The payment is designed to prevent people who are, or may be, infected with COVID-19 from feeling they need to continue working for financial reasons.

Eligibility criteria

As always there are criteria that you need to meet in order to be eligible. To receive the payment you must be:

  • Have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.
  • Have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services that a child aged under 16 in your care needs to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they are either diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case.
  • 17 years and over
  • Currently living in Victoria (including people on Temporary Protection Visas and Temporary Working Visas 457 and 482)
  • Likely to have worked during the period of self-isolation or quarantine and are unable to work as a result of the requirement to stay at home.
  • You must not be receiving any income, earnings or salary maintenance from work.
  • You must have exhausted sick leave entitlements including any special pandemic leave.
  • You must not be receiving the JobKeeper payment or other forms of Australian Government income support
  • Workers who may be eligible for the Worker Support patent include permanent, casual, part-time, fixed term, self-employed, and you do not need to be a citizen or permanent resident to be eligible.

Receiving the payment

The Department of Health and Human Service will contact people to confirm their eligibility and obtain supporting documents for applications including proof of identity and eligibility for leave or income support.

For more information visit the Victorian Government website.

6 May 2020 update:

Under the Commonwealth Government guidelines, casual public sector workers such as swimming pool lifeguard or staff at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre, ticket staff at the Melbourne Museum or the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre or park staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens are ineligible for the JobKeeper program.

The Victorian Government will fix this by making sure these workers can access their usual fortnightly payments of up to $1,500 before tax up until the end of September. To receive this payment casual public sector workers must be happy to be redeployed to other public sector roles as needed.

The package will support 3,000 workers and unlike the JobKeeper program it will be available to workers regardless of whether or not they are an Australian citizen.

You can read more about the support program for casual public sector workers here.

For any enquires

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