Self-isolating NSW residents eligible for AUD 1500 pandemic leave

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NSW residents will now be eligible to access Australian government’s paid pandemic leave if they are unable to go to work because they have been self-isolating, quarantining, or providing care to someone who has been affected with Covid-19.

The AUD 1500 paid pandemic leave is a federal government scheme which provides residents with pandemic leave payments of $1,500 during the 14-day period of self-isolation because of COVID-19.

The news was announced by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian after she was able to strike a deal with the federal government.

“We didn’t want to declare a State of Emergency in NSW which is what the criteria was to get the pandemic leave,” she told reporters.

“I wrote to the prime minister saying ‘please can you support us in that way’ and he very gladly accepted.”, she added.

NSW now joins Victoria, in which its residents will be able to access the federal government paid pandemic leave.