Pay, leave and stand downs

Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 9 June 2021

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The Australian Government has announced the new COVID-19 Disaster Payment. Eligible Victorians can apply for the payment from Tuesday, 8 June 2021 via the Services Australia website.

The payment will be paid weekly to workers who live or work in a Commonwealth declared hotspot and who can’t work and earn an income because of state imposed restrictions that last for longer than 1 week.

Eligible workers will receive up to $500 a week for losing 20 or more hours of work. Eligible workers will receive up to $325 a week for losing under 20 hours of work.

Learn more about the payment and apply now at Services Australia – COVID-19 Disaster Payment external-icon.png.

Find information about pay and leave entitlements and stand downs during coronavirus.

Pay and entitlement changes during coronavirus

To help manage the impact of coronavirus, there have been changes to some employees’ pay and leave entitlements. These include the introduction of:

These changes don’t affect every workplace. Employers and employees can still access their existing pay and leave entitlements and conditions under the National Employment Standards (NES), applicable award, enterprise agreement, contract or workplace policy.

In this section, read more about:

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Border closures: pay and leave options

During the coronavirus outbreak, some Australian state and territory borders may be temporarily closed to slow the spread of coronavirus.

While a border closure is in place, some residents of affected states or territories may not be able to attend work as usual.

If you’re an employer or employee affected by the border closure, the information on the following pages will help you understand your entitlements and obligations and help you make alternative arrangements.

Importantly, if you can’t attend work because of an enforceable government direction, including where this limits travel (or crossing state borders), you should contact your employer immediately to discuss your leave or flexible working options.

For all employers and employees:

For the latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia visit external-icon.png.

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Pay and leave tools

We have tools to help you calculate pay and leave entitlements:

  • Find my award – check what award you’re covered by
  • Pay and Conditions Tool – get minimum rates of pay for your award or calculate leave entitlements
  • Email updates – sign up and get updates when things change for pay and leave in your award or industry.

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Resolving workplace issues

For information about resolving workplace issues related to pay or leave entitlements, see Resolving workplace issues during coronavirus page.

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