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

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

Changes to workplace laws during coronavirus

Help during coronavirus

News and updates

23 June 2022

Changes to some COVID-19 payments from 1 July 2022

Several COVID-19 payments are due to end on 30 June 2022. This includes:

  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
  • some state and territory hardship payments.

We encourage you to check the Services Australia website or your state and territory website for the most up-to-date information about these payments.

We’ll update this website if other changes are made to these payments.

15 June 2022

Get set for a minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has announced:

  • a $40 a week increase to the National Minimum Wage, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%
  • a 4.6% increase to minimum award wages, with a $40 minimum increase applying.

We have more detailed information about the decision at Get set for a minimum wage increase.

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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.