Western Australians unable to earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone with COVID-19 will be given access to the Federal Government’s $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
The payment was made available to Victorians at the beginning of August, in response to the second coronavirus wave devastating the State.
Three weeks later, Tasmania signed up for payment, while States like South Australia launched their own schemes.
In WA, unpaid pandemic leave is available but only to employees of the State industrial relations system, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations.
But today, all Western Australians not receiving an income and needing to isolate or care for someone with COVID-19 will be eligible for the payment.
In a joint statement with Mark McGowan, the Federal Government announced WA would be the third State to benefit from the scheme.
“If an individual is instructed by WA Health to stay home from work, and does not have access to income such as paid leave or other Commonwealth Government payments, they may be eligible for the payment,” the statement read.
“They may also be eligible if they’re the parent or guardian of a child aged 16 or under who is a close contact or has tested positive for COVID-19 or they are caring for someone with COVID-19.”
However, Western Australians 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 Australian or Western Australian Government income support”.
“People can claim the payment again if their self-isolation, quarantine or caring period is longer than 14 days,” the statement read.
To date, more than $13.3 million in Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments have been paid in relation to more than 9,000 claims nationally.