Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the Federal Government will introduce a $1,500 disaster payment for workers who have to self-isolate due to coronavirus, but do not have leave entitlements.
The payment will be available to workers in Victoria who need to self-isolate for two weeks but do not have sick leave or payments through JobKeeper or JobSeeker.
Moreover, the payment could be extended to other states and territories if similar situations occur there.
The Prime Minister added that there would be no reason for people who were meant to be self-isolating to go to work.
“That means that for those who need to self-isolate as a result of an instruction by a public health officer, there is no economic reason for you to go to work,” said Prime Minister.
Workers in Victoria will be able to apply for the payment over the phone from Wednesday.