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

22 July 2022

Unpaid pandemic leave reinserted into some awards

Employees covered by some awards can again access 2 weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave. It’s available to eligible employees from the first full pay period starting on or after 15 July 2022 until 31 December 2022, following a decision by the Fair Work Commission.

The affected awards are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services Award
  • Aged Care Award
  • Ambulance and Patient Transport Award
  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award
  • Supported Employment Services Award.

Employees covered by an affected award can access 2 weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave if they’re prevented from working because of COVID-19.

Learn more at Unpaid pandemic leave in awards.

Previous news and updates

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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.