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)
  • employers and employees seeking COVID-19 vaccination guidance
  • employers and employees covered by awards varied by the Fair Work Commission during coronavirus.

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 and the workplace

When workplaces shut quickly because of a lockdown

Pay, leave and stand downs

Returning to work and the workplace

Health and safety in the workplace

Alternative work arrangements

Ending employment and redundancy

Former JobKeeper scheme

Changes to workplace laws during coronavirus

Tools and help during coronavirus

News and updates

26 November 2021

Lockdown restrictions in parts of the Northern Territory

There are lockdown restrictions in some circumstances in parts of the Northern Territory following community transmission of COVID-19.

Find out what areas are impacted and what restrictions apply at NT Government – Lockdown restrictions in place external-icon.png.

If your workplace has been affected, find information on your workplace rights and responsibilities at When workplaces shut quickly because of a lockdown.

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.