Support during construction industry shut down
Posted on Sep 20, 2021
The Victorian Government has announced the construction industry in Metropolitan Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, Mitchell Shire and Surf Coast will be shut down for 2 weeks commencing 11:59pm Monday 20 September.
We will continue to be your safety net during this challenging time and provide you information regarding access to financial support, vaccination bookings and wellbeing services.
Incolink 24/7 Counselling 1300 000 129
Counselling and support is available to all members and their families any time of the day or night. Simply call 1300 000 129 to talk.
Financial Assistance – Services Australia
COVID-19 Disaster Payment
COVID-19 Disaster Payment is a lump-sum payment of up to $750 for people who have lost work and income due to a Victoria COVID-19 public health order. Find out if you are eligible for a COVID-19 Disaster Payment via the Services Australia website.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment of up to $1,500 to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone. If you need longer term help, check to see what other payments you may be eligible to get by using the Services Australia payment guide.
Visit the Services Australia website for more information.
Incolink COVID-19 Payments
The majority of Incolink Members will remain employed but stood down during this industry shut down.
If you are still employed but unable to work as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible to access some of your Incolink funds by way of the Incolink COVID-19 Payment.
Eligible worker members receive an Incolink COVID-19 payment of $2,000 or the balance of your account (whichever amount is lower) if you must self-isolate or if you are stood down. You can re-apply for this every 28-days if you continue to be eligible and funds remain in your account.
If you are not earning an income from your employer (including leave entitlements) because:
- of site closures due to COVID-19; or
- you are required by to self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19 for any period prescribed by federal or state governments
then you can claim the Incolink COVID-19 Payment.
Your employer must also complete a declaration via EmployerLink to confirm the conditions above.
Please note: as this is not a genuine redundancy payout, Incolink is required by the ATO to withhold tax from COVID-19 payments at a rate of 32%.
Support for Apprentices
Incolink COVID-19 Payments are also now available to eligible Incolink apprentice members. Call us on 03 9639 3000 to find out if you're eligible.
Apprentices can also access our 24/7 Counselling and support any time on 1300 000 129.
Making a Redundancy Claim
In the unlikely instance that you are made redundant or are unemployed, you will be able to claim from your Incolink account using WorkerLink or the Incolink App. Information on making a claim is available via our Help Centre.
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