With COVID numbers increasing again, it is important to remain vigilant and follow your COVID Safe workplans of checking in, distancing, sanitising, wearing PPE, and getting tested and staying home if you have COVID symptoms.
What happens if you’re a Close Contact of someone with COVID-19 at work?
In the unfortunate event that you are a Close Contact at work, and you are directed by NSW or ACT Health and your employer to isolate, follow the directives regarding testing and isolating:
Contact your employer and ask if you will be provided paid pandemic leave/special leave and paid your contract hours.
If your employer does not provide paid pandemic leave/special leave, your employer can stand you down on unpaid leave (under the SCHADS Award this is referred to as unpaid pandemic leave), and then you can apply for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment:
You can receive $750 for each 7-day period you’ve been told to self-isolate. You must make a new claim for each 7-day period.
To make a claim for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment: