Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

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

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

  • employers and employees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • employers and employees who previously participated in the JobKeeper scheme (qualifying employers, legacy employers and eligible employees)
  • employers and employees covered by awards varied by the Fair Work Commission during coronavirus (such as the Vehicle Award).

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

16 June 2021

Annual Wage Review 2021

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to minimum wages. See our Annual Wage Review 2021 page for more information.

10 June 2021

Easing of some coronavirus restrictions for Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced the easing of some coronavirus restrictions in Victoria, including the re-opening of schools and some workplaces.

These new rules start from 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June 2021. For more information about these new restrictions, go to Victorian Government – Statement From The Acting Premier external-icon.png.

If your workplace continues to be affected by coronavirus restrictions, get information 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.