Tasmanian workers can now receive a $1500 pandemic leave disaster payment if they need to self-isolate or quarantine and cannot work.
The commonwealth has reached agreement on the lump sum payment which applies from August 22.
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It was confirmed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier Peter Gutwein and Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert on Wednesday morning.
It is aimed at helping workers who have to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days and are unable to work.
“If an individual is instructed by a health official to stay home from work, and has used up all their sick leave entitlements, including any special pandemic leave, they may be eligible to make a claim,” a media statement said.
“People 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.”
Tasmanian workers are only eligible for the payment if they are not receiving any income or JobKeeper or any other government income support.
If health officials order a long period of isolation the payment can be claimed again.
In Victoria more than $8.8 million has been paid for almost 6,000 granted claims since August 6.
Tasmanians wanting to make a claim can call 180 22 66.