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Max Davies
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More jobs will be covered by the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee as the pilot extends until March, 2025.

More than 400 new jobs are now eligible for the Sick Pay Guarantee giving more casual and contract employees the opportunity to access up to 38 hours of sick and carer’s pay.

Casual, contract and self-employed workers can check eligibility and sign up to the scheme.

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Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas encouraged workers to apply for the scheme.

“People shouldn’t be forced to choose between going to work sick or putting food on the table. We’re proud to be expanding the Sick Pay Guarantee because we know how important it is to support locals in Macedon,” she said.

“Insecure work has terrible consequences, and we know how important it is for people to have the support and certainty they need to stay home and recover if they are sick or caring for a loved one.”

Newly-eligible workers can apply for sick and carer’s pay from the day they sign up, and workers eligible in the first pilot phase will benefit from an additional year on the pilot.

Since launching March 2022, more than 76,000 casual and contract workers have signed up with the pilot covering more than 1.8 million hours of sick and carer’s pay.

Workers can check their eligibility and sign up online at vic.gov.au/sickpayguarantee or in the Service Victoria app.

Neighbourhood Houses can also sign up workers – visit www.nhvic.org.au to find a participating Neighbourhood House.

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