Information for New South Wales workplaces

Published 22 December 2020 | Updated 2 February 2021

Historical information – state coronavirus restrictions

The information on this page is historical. This means that the information was accurate as at the date it was last updated.

Get current information and advice on workplace rights and obligations during a sudden lockdown at When workplaces shut quickly because of a lockdown.

Most workplace restrictions have now eased in New South Wales (NSW) after temporary measures were introduced in December 2020.

Find information about workplace rights and obligations during coronavirus. This includes on common workplace topics and where to go for the right help.

Restrictions in NSW

In December 2020, the NSW Government issued temporary coronavirus restrictions (including for workplaces) for some parts of the state. Most of these restrictions have now eased.

Find out what restrictions now apply in NSW at NSW Government – COVID 19 external-icon.png.

Face masks in New South Wales

People in NSW are required to wear a face mask at certain times. Read the latest information on mask requirements on the NSW Government - COVID-19 website external-icon.png.

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Workplace information during coronavirus

This website has information and advice on workplace rights and entitlements during coronavirus. This includes issues such as:

Use our accordion menu on the homepage to help you find what you need.

Our virtual assistant, Frankie, can also help answer any workplace questions you have. You’ll find her in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Employers looking for tailored advice on reopening the workplace after a temporary closure can use our Returning to the workplace - interactive employer tool.

Workplace health and safety

SafeWork NSW has information and guidance on workplace health and safety requirements specific to NSW. Read the latest advice at SafeWork NSW – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) external-icon.png.

More information:

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Government support and assistance

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Australian Government has introduced a Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for some workers during coronavirus. It is available to eligible workers in NSW. The payment is available to workers who:

  • don’t have appropriate leave entitlements and can’t earn an income because they need to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive coronavirus case, or
  • are caring for someone with coronavirus.

For more information about the payment, eligibility requirements and how to claim it, visit Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment external-icon.png on Services Australia’s website.

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Contact information

If you have an urgent enquiry about your workplace obligations or entitlements, visit our Contact us page.

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