Queensland could be next in line for paid pandemic leave

Queenslanders could be next to receive the federal government’s paid pandemic leave, if they have to take time off work due to coronavirus.

The $1,500 fortnightly payment was brought in for Victoria due to its state of disaster, but the payments could soon be made available to the rest of the country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced earlier this week that he’d reached an agreement with the Tasmanian government, to make the payments available there as well.


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It would see anyone who was forced to take time off work due to coronavirus able to claim a $1,500 payment for a two week period.

But Tasmania doesn’t have any community transmission, with just one active case there at the moment.

The agreement could open the doors for other states to receive the payments as well, even though it was only launched as a response to Victoria’s ‘state of disaster’.

The federal government had offered to partner with states on the matter earlier this month, if they felt it was appropriate to declare a disaster.

There are reports the Queensland Premier had tried to take up the offer by asking for more information, but hasn’t heard back.

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