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Australia to end mandatory Covid isolation period and disaster payments for workers

Workers in health, disability and aged care will be exempt when both measures are scrapped on 14 October, Anthony Albanese says

National cabinet has unanimously agreed to scrap the mandatory Covid isolation requirement, with exemptions for those working in high-risk settings such as health or aged care.

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, announced on Friday disaster payments for workers diagnosed with Covid would end, with the same exemptions for high-risk workplaces. He said all state premiers and chief ministers had agreed unanimously to the change, claiming it was “not sustainable” for governments to keep paying workers to stay home.

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