Temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus

Published 30 March 2020 | Updated 17 February 2021

There have been a number of temporary changes to workplace laws due to the impact of coronavirus on workplaces.

A number of unions and employer associations have applied to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) to increase award flexibility in some awards. As a result, the Commission has varied a number of provisions in those awards to give employers and employees extra flexibility to agree on alternative working arrangements.

There have also been changes to the Fair Work Act to support the JobKeeper scheme.

Temporary award changes that apply now

Below is a list of temporary award variations that apply now:

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Temporary award changes that no longer apply

Below is a list of temporary award variations that no longer apply:

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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's COVID-19 and enterprise agreements page external-icon.png.

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