Hi there – I am very sorry for what you have gone through. Let me see if I can help a bit (maybe the answers will not be super helpful):
1. What is the status of your employment relationship with your employer? Do you have an employment contract with them, and what were the ‘terms’ around continued employment? Were you full-time, part-time and/or casual with them – e.g. when you finished a job at Frank Miller Electrical, are Extrastaff obligated to bring you back and keep paying you or once that work finishes is that it until they find you more work? Short answer – the legal relationship is important.
2. Wage Subsidy – was created for ‘firms’ to stay connected to their full-time and part-time workers through Covid-19 – it was a ‘right’ to the Company to enable them to keep their staff employed and support the costs, but it was not a right to or for the employees. What this means is that Extrastaff could only claim for their full time and part time employees of the business, they cannot claim for contractors or consultants. If you were a contractor in your own right, you might be able to claim the wage subsidy – this goes back to the situation on your employment relationship with Extrastaff.
3. Extrastaff – I would only assume that Extrastaff were also freaking out through this period, and were not sure about the rules, regulations as well – it looks like they were trying to work it out as they went through it. Hard for you, I know.
4. Winz and MSD – I really don’t have a lot of experience in this, the engagement sorry and am not sure how to support or guide you – what I would say, first work out the nature of your employment relationship with Extrasstaff – did you resign or not, or did they just ‘assume’ or ‘claim’ you resigned then that was not something that they could do – if you get this clear, then you can work out whether you have to look at the Jobseeker support and I hope Winz and MSD would have guidance for you.
I am wishing you the best – and hope some of the other advisors could jump in and provide some guidance. Andy