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Another income hit for casual workers – massive cut to Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

As changes that will cut the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment come into effect today, ACOSS condemns the decision to cut the Payment and urges the Federal Government to instead extend it, to protect people on the lowest incomes who have COVID or are a close contact and must isolate.

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Community Sector calls for collaboration and decisive leadership from National Cabinet to deal with COVID debacle

ACOSS calls for the creation of a civil society COVID Rapid Response Group including ACOSS, unions, business peaks and public health experts to work closely with government to address the impacts of the rampant spread of the Omicron and Delta COVID variants.
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Federal Government cuts Pandemic Payment as COVID cases explode

ACOSS condemns the decision by the Federal Government to cut the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment available to people who have COVID or are a close contact and must isolate. This payment, which was $750pw for everyone, will be reduced to $450pw for people without paid leave entitlements who lose between 8 and 19 hours of paid work per week because they must isolate.
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Government must immediately suspend mutual obligations to reduce COVID risk

ACOSS calls on the government to immediately suspend mutual obligations to safeguard people on JobSeeker and other payments, as well as job service providers while Omicron is spreading like wildfire and placing people in danger.
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ACOSS welcomes free COVID RAT access for concession card holders but fears some may still miss out

ACOSS welcomes today’s announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that people living below the poverty line, and who are on a range of concession cards, will be able to access free Rapid Antigen Tests through pharmacies, as well as at public testing clinics.
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