Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

We're here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The information on this website covers workplace laws, obligations and entitlements for employers and employees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

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

COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and the workplace

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Pay, leave and stand downs

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Alternative work arrangements

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Returning to work and the workplace

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Health and safety in the workplace

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Help during coronavirus

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News and updates

7 December 2022

Secure Jobs, Better Pay: changes to Australian workplace laws

The Fair Work Act has been amended to include a range of new workplace laws. Find out more at Secure Jobs, Better Pay: Changes to Australian workplace laws.

12 October 2022

The information on this website is under review

The rules about mandatory isolation periods are changing across Australia. This may affect the information on this website.

In the meantime, find out more at: Changes to mandatory COVID-19 isolation periods.

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.