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NSW workers get paid pandemic leave


NSW workers will have access to the federal government’s paid pandemic leave program after Premier Gladys Berejiklian opted in to the scheme that pays people without sick leave $1500 when they are required to self-isolate.


Ms Berejiklian announced on Sunday that NSW would join the Commonwealth’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment scheme. NSW workers will now finally have access to a $1500 payment if they are required to self-isolate for 14 days and have no other income.


The scheme reduces the financial pressure on casual workers and contractors in particular who may have struggled to afford two weeks in isolation without pay.


It was previously only available to states that had declared a State of Emergency.


To be eligible you need to have been directed by NSW Health to isolate and also be:

  • At least 17 years old and live in New South wales
  • An Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
  • Unable to go to work and earn an income
  • Without appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person
  • With a period of quarantine after 17 September 2020


Unions NSW has acknowledged the granting of paid pandemic leave to NSW workers. “This decision is welcome, if overdue,” said Unions NSW secretary Mark Morey. “No worker should ever have to choose between their health and their livelihood.”


For more information and how to claim, visit Services Australia here:




via Sydney Morning Herald