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Isolating for Covid-19
Isolating for Covid-19

Info about pay, leave and protections for workers who must isolate.

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Written by Young Workers Advice Service Team
Updated over a week ago

The best way to protect workers, workplaces and our communities from the Covid-19 is to provide people with the support that they need to isolate if they have been exposed to the virus.

What are my entitlements if I have to isolate?

Your entitlements will depend on your employment arrangement and your circumstances.

If you're employed part-time or full-time, you will have access to sick leave. Full-time workers have a minimum of 10 full days of sick leave and the amount part-time workers have will depend on the amount you work. You can take this leave if you get sick and need to isolate. If you are just isolating while awaiting a test result but you are not sick, you may need to access a different type of leave.

If you're a casual worker you won't have access to paid leave so you may have to take unpaid time off to isolate. In this instance, you may be able to access government assistance to cover your lost income.

Government Assistance for Lost Income

Information about eligibility for assistance can be found at the Services Australia website via this link: Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - If you need a payment - Before you start – payment guide - Services Australia

  1. Crisis Payments - you may be eligible for this payment if you have an urgent need or are in an emergency situation.

More help is available from ACT Government including emergency food relief and mental health support. For more information, go to

Can I be fired for going into isolation?

You cannot be fired for being absent from work while sick. If you have been fired for going into isolation please contact your Unions or the Young Workers Centre immediately.

Want more info on your entitlements? 

You can email us at if you have any more specific questions about your entitlements. We provide free and confidential advice for anyone under the age of 25. We can also provide referrals to relevant bodies if you need further help. 

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