As of the 14th March 2022, the Victorian Government introduced a paid sick leave scheme to help support vulnerable and vital workers across the state.

The 2-year scheme is funded by the Victorian Government and guarantees up to 5 days/38 hours of paid sick and/or carer’s leave per year to eligible casual and contract workers.

Am I eligible for the Sick Pay Guarantee?

As a casual employee of Sidekicker, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have the right to work in Australia

  • Physically work in Victoria

  • Not be entitled to paid leave in any of your jobs

  • Work an average of 7.6 hours per week (find out how to calculate your average hours here)

  • Work in an eligible occupation

Eligible occupations currently include:

  • Hospitality workers

  • Food trade and food preparation assistants

  • Supermarket workers and supermarket supply chain labourers

  • Sales support workers

  • Aged care and disability care workers

In addition to this criteria, you will also need to:

  • Ensure that you submit your claim within 60 days of the absence from work

  • Confirm that you were unable to work due to illness or injury that affected you, or you had to care for and support an immediate family member, or a member of your household

  • Not have been receiving other income or earnings during the claim period (including paid work, worker's compensation, Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, Covid-19 Disaster Payment, or JobSeeker Payment)

For the most up-to-date information surrounding eligibility criteria, please visit the Victorian Government website.

How much am I eligible to receive?

All claims are paid by the Government at the national minimum wage, which is $20.33 gross per hour as of 1 July 2021.

How can I apply for paid sick and/or carer's leave?

Eligible workers can submit their applications to the Government here. While employers are not involved in the application process, you will be required to prove that you are employed to support your application.

The quickest and easiest way to demonstrate that you are an employee of Sidekicker is by providing one of the following documents:

  • A payslip received in the last month, or

  • If you have not received a payslip in the last month, an Employment Verification Letter

How can I access my payslips from Sidekicker?

Payslips are sent via email (by [email protected]) every Thursday for work completed in the week prior. If you are unable to locate a particular payslip, let us know and we’ll find it for you.

How can I obtain an Employment Verification Letter?

Employment Verification Letters include the following information:

  • Date of verification

  • Employer name and contact information

  • Confirmation of employment

  • Confirmation of contract type

  • Confirmation of first shift date and number of shifts completed

You can request a letter from Sidekicker at any time by following these steps:

  • Log in to your Sidekicker account

  • Click on your profile photo in the upper right-hand corner

  • Click on Account settings > Employment details

  • Scroll down the page until you see 'Employment Verification Letter’

  • Click on the 'Request Letter' button

  • Check your email inbox to find your Employment Verification Letter

Still have questions?

As Sidekicker is not involved in the application process, we recommend visiting the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee FAQs page or contacting the Government directly if you have further questions.

However if you're still in need of assistance, feel free to get in touch with us via the blue chat bubble on Sidekicker and we will see if there is anything we can do to help.

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