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Employer Update: Support during state-wide industry restrictions

Posted on Aug 21, 2021

In response to the current Delta outbreak, the Victorian Government has announced lockdown measures will be introduced for all of Victoria.

For construction, this means Regional Victoria will join Metropolitan Melbourne with sites reduced to 25% capacity. Announcement Here

This will be a very difficult time for many and Incolink is here to support you and your workforce.

For businesses, financial support is available. Visit the Business Victoria website for more information.

Incolink Counselling 1300 000 129

Counselling and support is available to workers 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.

Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccinations

We want our industry to get back to full strength as soon as possible. Incolink supports voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations encourage all members to talk to your health professional about getting vaccinated. Let's get on with the jab.

Incolink COVID-19 Payments

Eligible worker members can access an Incolink COVID-19 payment of $2,000 or the balance of their account (whichever amount is lower) 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.

Employers must also complete a declaration via EmployerLink to confirm the conditions above.

How to make your workforce eligible.

STEP #1 – Login to EmployerLink and head to Manage Workers.

STEP #2 – Search/filter for the relevant worker/s and click their member number to edit their status.

STEP #3 – Select Change Employment Details

STEP #4 – Check the COVID-19 Payment Eligible checkbox

STEP #5 – Save changes.

Once this is completed, worker members can access COVID-19 Claims by logging into their WorkerLink account.

Eligibility Criteria

If a worker is not earning an income from their employer (including leave entitlements) because:

  • of site closures by their employer due to COVID-19; or
  • they are required by to self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19 for any period prescribed by federal or state governments

then they can claim the Incolink COVID-19 Payment.

Employers must also complete a declaration via EmployerLink to confirm the conditions above.

Please note: as this is not a genuine redundancy payment, Incolink is required by the ATO to withhold tax. Incolink withholds 32% tax on COVID-19 hardship payments. Note that additional tax may be payable by you when you lodge your tax return, depending on ATO rules.

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

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