Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is tackling insecure work head-on, with consultation on our Australian-first initiative to provide casual workers sick pay now underway.

The Secure Work Pilot Scheme will help look after our most vulnerable workers by providing up to five days total of sick or carer’s pay at the national minimum wage for casual or insecure workers in priority industries.

The circumstances of the past 18 months highlighted how unfair and dangerous it can be for a worker to have to choose between keeping their co-workers and community safe, and paying the bills. This dilemma falls harder on casual workers than any other.

Commencing in 2022, the Government’s two-year pilot will protect many Victorian workers from having to make that kind of choice, and will support them to take time off if they need to care for a loved one.

Workers in highly insecure industries such as aged care, cleaning, hospitality, security and supermarkets will be among the first to benefit from the pilot.

Your opportunity to be involved: The Government is calling for submissions from industry, workers, unions and the community to help shape the scheme and ensure it supports workers, benefits business and safeguards the health of our community.

Public input will be vital in shaping the scheme. We want to hear from any workers who have been forced to choose between a day’s pay and their health.

For more information or to have your say on the Secure Work Pilot, click here.