Support for Incolink members during Stage 4 Restrictions

Posted on Aug 04, 2020

The Premier has announced changes to work in construction. While these changes will have an impact - the industry is not being completely shut down.

At this difficult time, Incolink will be your safety net.

About the changes

The restrictions keep sites operating but reduce the number of people working on sites at one time and limit workers to one site. Employers may introduce changed shift arrangements to keep work going.

Your employer is best placed to provide information on what this means for you.

You can find the full announcement here along with a Guide for Industries here.

If you or someone you know is doing it tough, please know there are supports available.

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.

On site COVID-19 Testing

We will continue to deliver COVID-19 testing to construction sites as a main priority focusing on the areas of Metropolitan Melbourne that need it most. You can read more about our continued work along side our industry partners here.

Incolink COVID-19 Payments

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 (the lesser amount) if you have to 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.

Eligibility Criteria

If you are not earning an income from your employer (including leave entitlements) because:

  • of site closures by your employer 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%.

Call us on 03 9639 3000 to find out if you're eligible.

You may also be eligible for additional Federal Government income support.

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

If 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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