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

20 October 2021

Vaccination requirements for more workers in Western Australia

The Western Australian (WA) Government has announced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the majority of occupations and workforces in WA. The requirements affect workers in occupations deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of business and function of the community.

The requirements will be introduced in phases. Learn more at WA Government – Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces external-icon.png.

We’ll update our COVID-19 vaccinations: legislation and public health orders page once the WA Government issues public health orders reflecting these new requirements.

15 October 2021

Updated returning to work guidance

We’ve updated our information to help employers and employees plan their return to the workplace as restrictions start to ease. You’ll find information about:

  • lifting stand downs
  • alternative work arrangements
  • issuing directions to return
  • refusals to return to work.

Go to our Returning to work and the workplace section now.

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.