We’ve been continuing our lobbying for a better paid isolation leave entitlement for workers in the community and disability services.
While community and disability services workers can access some support in some circumstances through commonwealth and state government payment schemes, the systems and processes are unfair, confusing and misleading.
We’re advocating for a system where employees will still be paid directly by their employer, who can recoup the money from the government, so that workers won’t lose any take-home pay. This has been supported by many employers, including many disability service providers.
While the state government representatives acknowledge the benefits this would have for workers, they haven’t been able to get agreement from the federal government.
The state government has agreed to speak to its federal counterparts again about our proposal and raise the following issues:
They’ve also committed to better communicating the state government scheme that does cover many workers who are ineligible for the federal government scheme, and they say they’ll get back to us next week about our proposal for a better paid isolation leave system.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear back from them, but in the meantime if you are having any issues with losing income as you need to isolate because of COVID, please contact us on 1300 880 032 so we can assist you through the process.