By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 05:30 BST, 13 August 2020 | Updated: 05:40 BST, 13 August 2020
Victorians forced to take time off work to be tested for coronavirus will now receive an upgraded $450 payment.
Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement on Thursday to increase the cash bonus for those who don't have sick leave and must be absent from work while isolating between taking a coronavirus test and getting their result.
'I can announce today that that $300 payment will increase to a $450 payment that is after consultation with unions and consultation with employers and, indeed, listening to many of those 17,000 people who have applied and have got that money,' Mr Andrews said.
'We think that $450 is a fair payment, for people particularly for whom their employment circumstances might lead them to make the choice to not get tested at all or to perhaps get tested at all or to perhaps get tested but then go to work while they are waiting for the results of those tests.'
A woman wearing a face mask sits on Bourke Street in Melbourne amid stage four lockdown restrictions in the city from the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday
Mr Andrews said the upgraded