We want feedback on the Secure Work Pilot Scheme (the Pilot) which will provide up to five days’ pay per year at the minimum wage for casual and other insecure workers in priority industries.

Too often, too many Victorian workers are being forced to choose between a day’s pay and their health. Victorian workers who do not currently have access to paid sick or carer’s leave face this difficult choice every day. This has never been more evident than during the global pandemic.

The Victorian Government wants to understand the social and economic impact of casual and other insecure workers being able to access additional pay when they are sick or caring for others.

From early 2022, the Victorian Government will operate a two-year Pilot which will provide up to 5 days (total) of sick and carer’s pay per calendar year for workers in targeted industries.

As part of the consultation process we’re asking you to share your story.

We want to hear about the choices and sacrifices you’ve had to make by going into work – whether it’s leaving behind a loved one that needed your care or going into work sick and risking the health of your co-workers.

Every voice counts – from business, to unions, to workers – you can share your story of insecure work now.

Key Pilot features

  • The Pilot will operate from late 2021 or the first half of 2022 for two years.
  • Specific occupations in targeted industries will be invited to participate in the Pilot Scheme.
  • The Pilot will operate in two phases with different occupations included in each phase.
  • The Pilot will provide up to five days (total) of sick and carer’s pay per calendar year. A “day” is defined as 7.5 hours within a 24-hour period.
  • Payments will be made at the national minimum wage ($20.33 per hour, as at 1 July 2021).

Our consultation paper

Our consultation paper seeks feedback on a range of matters that will be important to the Pilots design and operation:

  1. What jobs and industries should be included in the Pilot?
  2. What rules should be used to determine whether a worker is eligible?
  3. How should we calculate the number of days available to eligible workers?
  4. Is how we define sick and carer’s leave appropriate?
  5. How should eligible workers access and receive payments?
  6. What evidence should eligible workers provide to receive payment?
  7. What worker protections need to be considered?

You can review the consultation paper in the Document Library for additional detail on these matters.

How to participate

There are several ways to get involved:

1. Read the consultation paper

You can read the consultation paper and make a submission on the topics and themes raised in it. Questions are posed throughout the paper to help you make your submission. You can choose to provide feedback only on the questions of most interest to you, or provide other feedback relevant to the Secure Work Pilot.

The fact sheet is available in multiple languages. Please click 'See more' below.

2. Tell us your story by making a submission

You can make a submission by:

  1. Completing one of the two the surveys below
  2. Uploading a submission document below
  3. Telling us about your experience of not having access to sick or carer’s leave
  4. Emailing your submission to secureworkpilot@ecodev.vic.gov.au

You have until 5.00pm 17 August 2021 to make your submission.

3. Contribute to a discussion group

Several discussion groups are planned in August 2021. We are intending to hold these sessions with businesses, industry groups, unions, trade associations and the wider community. To register your interest in attending a discussion groups, please fill out this form. Refer to the Privacy Collection Notice below for how we use your data.

Register your interest in a discussion group

Next steps

Written submissions and feedback will be reviewed and will help shape the final design and operation of the Pilot.

The final Pilot is expected to be announced in late 2021 along with key submission themes and feedback received.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions values the privacy of everyone’s personal information. Any personal information collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred will be held in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and other applicable laws.

Protecting your privacy and personal information is an important aspect of the way we create, organise and implement our activities online and offline. The information you have provided and views you have shared through the Engage Victoria submission process, discussion groups and roundtables, will contribute to the development of the Secure Work Pilot.

If you have provided contact details, we may use them to contact you directly about your submission. You can also provide your contact details separately to the review team on the Engage Victoria website so that you can be advised of the outcome of the consultation. If you choose not to provide any personal information that includes your contact details, you will not be contacted about the submission.

You may contact us to request access to your personal information, or for other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information, by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit at privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au. The Department’s privacy policy is also available by emailing the Department’s Privacy Unit.