Australians have done an incredible job of managing the COVID19 pandemic so far, but now we need to get on with life while still protecting our most vulnerable.
As we re-open our borders and our economy, we can expect to continue experiencing small localised outbreaks of COVID-19.
When that happens, many of us will be able to protect ourselves by working from home.
But some people just don’t have that option because of the type of work they do.
Even worse, some of these people also have pre-existing health conditions or other risk factors that make them vulnerable to the worst effects of the virus.
So how do we protect people with pre-existing conditions who can’t work from home, when the virus springs up again?
The answer is a COVID-vulnerable worker payment. It would work like JobKeeper – a Federally-payment scheme to enabling vulnerable workers to continue receiving their full pay, while staying at home and out of harm’s way during a lockdown period.
Let’s look after COVID-Vulnerable workers, and keep Australians safe.
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If so, please tell us about it so that we can pass your story on to our politicians. All personal stories will be treated in confidence.