Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

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

We encourage employees and employers to work together to find solutions that suit their individual workplaces and circumstances.

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

  • employers and employees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • employers and employees participating in the JobKeeper scheme (qualifying employers and eligible employees)
  • employers and employees who previously participated in the JobKeeper scheme (legacy employers and eligible employees).

Check our News and updates section to see what's been updated recently.

Returning to work & the workplace

Pay & leave during coronavirus

JobKeeper scheme

Temporary changes to workplace laws

Health & safety in the workplace

Alternative working arrangements

Stand downs

Ending employment & redundancy

Tools & resources

Other government information & assistance

Help in your language during coronavirus

Contact information

News and updates

25 November 2020

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy

The Australian Government has announced a Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy to support employers and Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employ new apprentices and trainees.

Learn more about the wage subsidy, employer eligibility and where to find our updated information at Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy.

19 November 2020

Temporary changes to Clerks Award extended again

The Fair Work Commission has extended Schedule I in the Clerks Award again. The temporary schedule provides increased workplace flexibility to employers and employees covered by this award during coronavirus. It now applies until 29 March 2021.

Read our updated information at Clerks Award flexibility during coronavirus.

Employee entitlements over Christmas and New Year break

Employees and employers looking for information on employee entitlements over the holiday period can learn more at Entitlements over the Christmas and New Year break. We cover off the rules and obligations that apply including:

  • directing employees to take leave
  • taking leave during a shut down (paid and unpaid)
  • public holidays entitlements and obligations
  • what applies under JobKeeper for the holiday period.

Find out more at Entitlements over the Christmas and New Year break

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.