Alternative working arrangements during coronavirus

Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 8 January 2021

Many employees' work arrangements have changed because of the impacts of coronavirus. These changes include more people working from home as well as changes to rosters, hours of work or duties.

We encourage employees and employers to work together to find the best solution for both their workplaces and staff.

Working arrangements and the JobKeeper scheme

Employers under the JobKeeper scheme can use the Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions to:

  • reduce an employee’s hours or days of work
  • change an employee’s usual duties
  • change an employee’s location of work.

For information on the changes and how they apply to working arrangements, see:

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Temporary changes to awards and agreements

A number of unions and employer associations have applied to the Fair Work Commission to increase award flexibility and to vary enterprise agreements, to help manage the impacts of coronavirus.

This may affect how and when employers and employees can make alternative working arrangements.

For a list of determinations and to see if your award is affected go to Temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus.

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Resources for flexible working arrangements

As long as employees still receive their entitlements, employers and employees can negotiate ways to make their work arrangements more flexible.

Flexibility in the workplace allows employers and employees to make arrangements about working conditions that suit them. This can help both employers and employees manage the impacts of coronavirus. It can also help employers improve their business’s productivity.

We have information and resources to help you:

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