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Leave relating to COVID-19

Consistent with whole of government protocols relating to COVID-19, the following arrangements have been put in place for MOP(S) Act employees.

MOP(S) staff who are required to meet costs personally, such as mobile phone and data use, may wish to seek a discretionary payment. This is provided under clause 27 of the MOP(S) Enterprise Agreement.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a current MOP(S) employee
  • You mustn’t have received reimbursement or compensation through other means
  • You must have incurred additional costs that you would not have otherwise incurred, e.g. additional mobile data costs beyond the allocation under your mobile plan
  • The additional costs must represent value for money, e.g. you sought to minimise costs by purchasing an additional block of data, rather than paying for individual gigabytes
  • The additional costs must be directly related to working remotely because of COVID-19.

To check the eligibility of your claim or to submit it please contact the Staff Helpdesk: mpshelp@finance.gov.au

Ongoing and non-ongoing employees

For ongoing and non-ongoing employees, various forms of leave may be granted depending on an employee’s circumstances. Refer to the table below. For casual employees see the separate section further below.

Circumstance

Form of leave

Employee is well but is required to self-isolate AND CAN work from home

None – employee can work from home

Employee is well but is required to self-isolate AND CANNOT work from home

Paid miscellaneous leave

 

Employee:

  • initially is well but is required to self-isolate AND CANNOT work from home
  • then subsequently becomes unwell from COVID-19

Paid miscellaneous leave until the employee becomes unwell, then they should access paid personal leave

Employee is unwell from COVID-19

Paid personal leave

If an employee exhausts their paid personal leave they can be granted paid miscellaneous leave

Employee is caring for a member of the employee’s immediate family or household who is unwell from COVID-19

Paid carer’s leave

If an employee exhausts their paid personal leave they can be granted paid miscellaneous leave

Employee is unwell but not from COVID-19

Paid personal leave

If an employee exhausts their paid personal leave they can be granted unpaid personal leave.

Employee is caring for children due to school closures

Employees may access working from home arrangements with their employer's approval. 

Employees who choose not to continue working will need their employer's approval to use existing leave credits such as annual leave, long service leave and, where appropriate, personal leave.

Casual employees

Leave relating to COVID-19

The Minister for Finance has signed a determination under the MOP(S) Act creating special paid leave for casual employees:

  • where the employee has to self-isolate due to COVID-19 for the medically advised period or
  • when the employee is unwell with COVID-19.

The approved leave is for the hours that a casual employee would have worked but for their self-isolation, illness or caring responsibility.

Special paid leave for casual employees is limited to circumstances relating to COVID-19.

How do I access paid leave?

You must have a casual employment agreement as per normal. You will be paid for the hours specified in the employment agreement.

If you take special paid leave, you or your office must notify MaPS in writing of the hours you are on leave to MOPSPay&Conditions@finance.gov.au.

Who approves leave and what evidence is required?

Your employing parliamentarian must approve all leave requests and will determine what evidence is required in support of a leave request.

How much leave can be granted?

For paid miscellaneous leave and special paid leave, your employing parliamentarian may grant leave for the medically advised period.

How long are these arrangements in place?

These are temporary arrangements. The Minister for Finance will review these measures in the future to ensure they are working as intended to support parliamentarians and their staff.

What should I do if I want more information about MaPS response to COVID-19?

If you have any questions please contact mpshelp@finance.gov.au.

Further information can be found by contacting your state or territory public health authority:

ACT

02 5124 9213 (during business hours)

02 9962 4155 (after hours)

NSW 1300 066 055
NT 08 8922 8044
QLD 13 43 25 84 (13HEALTH)
SA 1300 232 272
TAS 1800 671 738
VIC 1300 651 160
WA

08 9328 0553

or call your public health unit

Last updated: 03 September 2020