Public consultation - is now closed

The public consultation period for Secure Work Pilot Scheme (the Pilot) closed on 17 August 2021. Consultation occurred with the community, industry,and unions with submissions received from many stakeholders.

Between August 2021 and the start of the Pilot, the Victorian Government will also engage in targeted consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, including peak industry bodies, unions and businesses and workers.

An engagement summary, along with the final scheme design, will be published later in 2021.

For more information, refer to the Secure Work Pilot web page: www.vic.gov.au/secure-work-pilot

Overview

The Secure Work Pilot Scheme (the Pilot) 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 five days (total) of sick and carer’s pay per calendar year for workers in targeted industries.

As part of the consultation process, we’ve asked you to share your story.

We wanted to hear about the choices and sacrifices you’ve had to make by going into work – whether it’s not being able to be with 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’ve shared your story of insecure work.

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 sought 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 still review the consultation paper in the Document Library for additional detail on these matters.


The fact sheet is available in multiple languages.

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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.

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