Workers forced to quarantine due to coronavirus would be able to apply for payments of up to $1500 under an ACT government scheme designed to guard against one of the drivers of Melbourne's tragic second wave.
The Barr government has established a $1.25 million hardship fund to support Canberrans who are required to isolate but cannot afford to take time off work.
The government doesn't want people who might be infected with COVID-19 to be forced to choose between earning income or staying at home and complying with a public health order.
The fund would be open to people who are forced to quarantine but don't have access to paid leave or another source of income, including Commonwealth payments.
They would also need to show that they have no, or limited, savings in the bank and are not a dependent.
"The ACT government recognises that some people who are not able to work due to being tested, or who have contracted COVID-19, have no access to other government payments and are not otherwise able to support themselves," Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.
"No one should have to decide between following health instructions and being able to afford access to basic essentials."
The fund has been established in recognition of one of the problems exposed during the Victorian outbreak.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has cited the prevalence of people working instead of isolating as one of the reasons behind the rapid spread of the state's second outbreak, which has resulted in thousands of cases and more than 200 deaths.
Mr Andrews has said a large proportion of people breaching the rules were employed in casual, or "insecure", employment arrangements.
The Victorian government offered $1500 hardship payments as the first signs of the second wave started to emerge in late June. The federal government has now stepped in to cover the payment through a paid pandemic leave scheme.
The Victorian government also introduced a $300 payment, now scaled up to $450, for anyone waiting for a coronavirus test result who doesn't have sick leave. It came in response to revelations that 90 per cent of people weren't isolating in the period between falling ill and getting tested.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered to extend the paid pandemic leave scheme to other states and territories if they experience outbreaks on the same scale as Victoria's second wave.
Mr Barr has said the ACT would take up the offer if the situation dramatically worsened in the national capital.
The Chief Minister as well as Community Services Minister Suzanne Orr will also on Monday announce extra support for the hospitality industry and assistance for asylum seekers, as part of ongoing efforts to prop up sectors and cohorts hardest hit by COVID-19.
The government will establish a tourism marketing fund, which will provide matched funding for campaigns pitched by operators and attractions. It will also more offer tax and fee relief for hotels and hospitality venues, which have been ravaged by the wide-ranging restrictions imposed throughout the pandemic.
"Throughout 2020, we have experienced some of the lowest hotel occupancy rates with no international visitors coming to Canberra and low numbers of domestic visitors, temporary business closures and major event cancellations," Mr Barr and Ms Orr said in a statement.
"This has had a significant impact on our tourism and hospitality industry, which pre-COVID-19 employed over 18,000 Canberrans, many of which are in either casual or part-time roles."
While the hospitality sector will welcome the extra support, the new package is unlikely to quieten their calls for the Barr government to detail a long-term vision to steer the industry and wider economy through the COVID-19 recovery.
Asylum seekers with a valid ACT Services Access Card will also be able to apply for a $900 rebate on their electricity bills this financial year, under an extension of existing support to be announced on Monday.