Pay and leave during coronavirus
Published 27 March 2020 | Updated 8 July 2020
Update on Victorian restrictions
Temporary restrictions and border closures have been announced in response to the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.
If you’re an employer or employee affected by these restrictions or border closures, you can find information in this section about:
See the List of enforceable government directions during coronavirus to check current enforceable directions in Victoria.
For information on border crossing closures and restrictions, including current restrictions and border closures, check your state and territory information through the Australia.gov.au website .
Annual Wage Review 2020
The Fair Work Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages following its 2020 Annual Wage Review.
The increase applies to awards in 3 stages, with the first group starting from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2020. This group includes frontline health care and social assistance workers, teachers and child care employees, other essential services and the National Minimum Wage.
You can find the new rates for the first group of awards in our Pay and Conditions Tool and Pay Guides. If you’re using the calculator, just set the date to 1 July 2020 or after.
Find out more and check which group your award is in: The Commission has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages.
This section has information about pay and leave entitlements during coronavirus, including information about recent changes to help workplaces manage the impacts of coronavirus.
On this page:
In other pages in this section, you’ll find information on:
Pay and entitlement changes during coronavirus
To help manage the impact of coronavirus, there have been changes to some employees’ pay and leave entitlements. These include the introduction of:
These changes don’t affect every workplace. Employers and employees can still access their existing pay and leave entitlements and conditions under the National Employment Standards (NES), applicable award, enterprise agreement, contract or workplace policy.
In this section, read more about:
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Border closures: pay and leave options
During the coronavirus outbreak, some Australian state and territory borders may be temporarily closed to slow the spread of coronavirus.
While a border closure is in place, some residents of affected states or territories may not be able to attend work as usual.
If you’re an employer or employee affected by the border closure, the information on the following pages will help you understand your entitlements and obligations and help you make alternative arrangements.
Importantly, if you can’t attend work because of an enforceable government direction, including where this limits travel (or crossing state borders), you should contact your employer immediately to discuss your leave or flexible working options.
For all employers and employees:
For the latest coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia visit Australia.gov.au .