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Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020

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The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia








Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020



(1)     Clause  2 , page 2 (at the end of the table), add:


15.  Schedule 8

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.



(2)     Page 43 (after line 4), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 8—Additional support for frontline workers


Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

1  At the end of section 7


           (11)  If an employee:

                     (a)  is employed as a frontline worker; and

                     (b)  suffers from the disease known as COVID-19; and

                     (c)  performed work in their employment on one or more of the 21 days preceding the contraction of COVID-19;

the employment is, for the purposes of this Act, taken to have contributed, to a significant degree, to the contraction of COVID-19, unless the contrary is established.

           (12)  For the purposes of subsection (11), an employee is a frontline worker if the employee is:

                     (a)  a healthcare practitioner who is registered or licensed under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the registration or licensing of healthcare practitioners to practice in a profession regulated by one of the national boards; or

                     (b)  employed by an aged care service within the meaning of the Aged Care Act 1997 ; or

                     (c)  employed by an NDIS provider within the meaning of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 ; or

                     (d)  employed by an educational institution, including pre-schools, schools and tertiary institutions; or

                     (e)  an AFP appointee within the meaning of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 ; or

                      (f)  employed by a court or tribunal; or

                     (g)  an APS employee, SES employee or Agency Head within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999 ; or

                     (h)  a Parliamentary Service employee, SES employee or Secretary within the meaning of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 ; or

                      (i)  employed in any retail or other business or service that a State or Territory government guideline or directive issued in response to the Coronavirus known as COVID-19 has deemed to be an essential business or service, or a business or service that a person is permitted to leave home to visit; or

                      (j)  employed by any other type of employment prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this definition.

           (13)  Subsection (11) does not limit, and is not limited by, subsections (1) and (2).

[compensation for frontline workers]