The Government has said that restrictions will start to ease when 70% and 80% of the adult population are vaccinated. This plan is based on health advice from The Doherty Institute. The Doherty Institute says that as restrictions ease, we will need to continue to Test, Trace, Isolate and Quarantine (TTIQ) into the future to keep safe and COVID cases down.
For this plan to work, all workers need access to paid isolation leave.
If you are exposed to COVID and need to test, trace, isolate or quarantine, you should be paid for the full isolation period without losing any income or having to use your annual or sick leave. It should be available to workers, including casuals.
Over 40% of workers in the care sector are casual workers. That means no paid leave to isolate if you need to even though you’re more likely to be exposed to COVID. @nataliemlang on the right to paid leave to keep everyone safe https://t.co/J6cKGS3U6E— Michele O'Neil (@MicheleONeilAU) September 14, 2021
Important piece @nataliemlang on consequences of reopening for care workers' incomes & safety. "It's ...indefensible for disability wrkr forced into isolation to forgo income they were expecting for that period." @ASUnion call for isolation leave in NES. https://t.co/1iwZMeauqP— Alison Pennington (@ak_pennington) September 15, 2021