Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

We’re here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the impact of coronavirus.

We encourage employees and employers to work together to find solutions that suit their individual workplaces and circumstances.

The information on this website covers workplace laws, obligations and entitlements for:

  • employers and employees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • employers and employees participating in the JobKeeper scheme (qualifying employers and eligible employees)
  • employers and employees who previously participated in the JobKeeper scheme (legacy employers and eligible employees).

Check our News and updates section to see what's been updated recently.

Returning to work & the workplace

Pay & leave during coronavirus

JobKeeper scheme

Temporary changes to workplace laws

Health & safety in the workplace

Alternative working arrangements

Stand downs

Ending employment & redundancy

Other government information & assistance

Help in your language during coronavirus

Contact information

News and updates

13 October 2020

Face masks in Victoria

The Victorian Government now requires all Victorians to wear a fitted face mask when they leave home (with limited exceptions). This includes in workplaces. Looser face coverings are no longer permitted, such as bandanas or scarves.

We’ve updated our Information for Victorian workplaces and our Protecting employees and customers during coronavirus pages as a result.

Learn more about face mask requirements in Victoria on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services – Face masks page external-icon.png.

Previous news and updates

To view a list of previous updates to our website, go to our Previous news and updates page.

About our information

We'll continue to update the information on our website as the situation develops and as needed. The information provided is current as at the time of the last update. It is not legal advice but represents the views of the Fair Work Ombudsman based on the best available information. We encourage you to regularly check this page for more information.