Temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus

JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act

On 9 April 2020, the Fair Work Act was amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper scheme in Australian workplaces.

For information about the changes and how they apply, go to JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme.

We will continue to update our information and encourage you to check our website regularly for updates. You can also sign up for email updates and we’ll email you when more information is available.

Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibility in awards

On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission made determinations varying 99 awards to provide unpaid pandemic leave and greater flexibility for annual leave for employees in many awards. Read more at Unpaid pandemic leave in awards.

Due to the impacts coronavirus is having on workplaces, a number of unions and employer associations are applying to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) to increase award flexibility.

We'll list all Commission determinations that increase award flexibility due to coronavirus on this page.

Awards currently varied

Find out more information on current variations:

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Variations to enterprise agreements

The Commission has said that some parties to enterprise agreements are considering varying their agreements. This is to give extra flexibility to help address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Change to access period for enterprise agreement variations

Access periods for enterprise agreement variations have temporarily changed. Where an employer asks employees covered by an enterprise agreement to vote on varying it, the employer now only needs to give employees access to a copy of the variation for 1 day (instead of 7 days) before employees vote.

This amendment to the Fair Work Regulations applies to access periods on or after 17 April 2020. It will be in place for 6 months initially. Other pre-approval steps to vary an enterprise agreement still apply. For more information and updates, visit the Fair Work Commission's COVID-19 and enterprise agreements page external-icon.png.

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