Published 30 March 2020 | Updated 30 June 2021
There have been a number of temporary changes to workplace laws due to the impact of coronavirus on workplaces.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, some unions and employer associations applied to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) to increase award flexibility in some awards. As a result, the Commission has over time varied some provisions in those awards to give employers and employees extra flexibility to agree on alternative working arrangements.
Some temporary changes stopped applying in 2020 while others may continue to apply in 2021.
Learn what temporary changes apply now and access historical information on award changes that no longer apply.
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Below is a list of temporary award variations that apply now:
- Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave changes in awards
- Real Estate Award flexibility during coronavirus
Live Performance Award
On 12 March 2021, the Fair Work Commission made a determination varying the Live Performance Award. The determination inserts a temporary subclause into the award that changes notice payments for employees when there's a failure to produce or present productions due to coronavirus.
Under the new subclause (iii), employees are entitled to 2 weeks payment if they are engaged in a production that can't be produced or presented due to a COVID-19-related closure or a government directive. Payment is at the applicable minimum weekly rate for their classification.
This change to the award applies from 12 March 2021 until 12 March 2022.
Below is a list of temporary award variations that no longer apply:
- Clerks Award flexibility during coronavirus
- Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award flexibility during coronavirus
- Fast Food Award flexibility during coronavirus
- Hospitality Award flexibility during coronavirus
- Paid pandemic leave in some awards
- Restaurant Award flexibility during coronavirus
- Vehicle Award changes during coronavirus.
The JobKeeper scheme finished from 29 March 2021. Find out what applies after the end of JobKeeper, including for workplace provisions and rules for pay, at Former JobKeeper scheme.
Information about the rules that applied during the JobKeeper scheme will continue to be available. This means you can continue accessing this information for historical and other purposes:
- Extension of JobKeeper provisions in the Fair Work Act
- Legacy employers
- Information for eligible financial service providers
- JobKeeper enabling directions and agreements for legacy employers
- Pay, leave and ending employment for legacy employers
- JobKeeper scheme – overview
- JobKeeper enabling stand down directions
- Changing duties or work location under the JobKeeper scheme
- Changing days or times of work under the JobKeeper scheme
- Pay and the JobKeeper scheme
- Leave and the JobKeeper scheme
- Ending employment and the JobKeeper scheme
Variations to enterprise agreements
Some parties to enterprise agreements are also considering varying their agreements to enable extra flexibility to help address the impact of coronavirus. For more information and updates, visit the Fair Work Commission website – COVID-19 and enterprise agreements .