The Victorian Government has announced its plan to introduce a scheme providing up to 5 days personal and carers leave at the national minimum wage to casual or insecure workers in priority industries. While the program will be initially funded by the government it has received widespread criticism with payment of the casual loading and leave categorised as double dipping.

At a cost of $5 million to develop and administer the 2 year pilot program will cover selected industries that are yet to be announced but are said to include; cleaners, hospitality staff, security guards, supermarket workers and aged care staff.

Industry groups have expressed concern that while the program is intially government funded, that over time this will become a burden for employers and lead to a double dipping situaiton where casual staff are paid a loading in lieu of paid leave and other entitlements and then also receive paid leave.

Further details of the scheme are expected in the coming weeks.