At the ASU we want to provide you with information to help you navigate the changes that are happening at work and outside work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Victoria, Melbourne has moved to stage 4 restrictions and regional Victoria will soon move to stage 3. We will provide more information on Victorian restrictions as they are announced.
In Tasmania, restrictions have been cautiously eased.
Additional information that will help you to be informed about your rights are:
- Resources from the ACTU on COVID-19
- ASU Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the workplace fact sheet
- General advice from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers about workers rights and employer obligations
- Whether employers can stand-down workers
- Job Seeker payments during COVID-19
GETTING THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION
The best thing all of us can do to reduce the risk to ourselves and our families of COVID-19 is to follow expert health and medical advice.
Up to date information about COVID-19, including what you can do to reduce the risk of COVID-19, and what you should do if you think you have contracted COVID-19 is available at https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
RESOURCES FROM THE ACTU ON COVID-19
The ACTU has extensive COVID-19 Resource that brings together up to date information including OHS Alerts, employer guidance, medical alerts resources, and a workplace checklist. You can also sign up for regular COVID-19 updates from Australia’s peak union body here.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND THE WORKPLACE
There are important things that can be done to reduce our risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. During this time of uncertainty where things are changing very quickly, the ASU here to support you in your workplace.
GENERAL ADVICE FROM MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have provided general advice for ASU members on their rights and their employer’s obligations. This includes advice on workers’ rights when quarantined, workers rights after a coronavirus diagnosis, casual workers’ rights, and employer’s obligations.
CAN MY EMPLOYER STAND ME DOWN
Some members have contacted the ASU about their rights in the event an employer seeks to implement a stand down. Further information about stand-downs is available here.
INFORMATION ON ACCESSING JOB SEEKER PAYMENTS DURING COVID-19
On the 22 March the Federal Government announced that there will be additional income support available for workers who lose their job, are stood down, on low incomes or are in casual and contract employment and meet the income test as a result of the economic downturn due to the Coronavirus. Centrelink has details of income support for those affected by COVID-19.
WE WILL KEEP SUPPORTING MEMBERS
During the pandemic, the ASU will still be by your side. But right now the way we deliver important services for members will change. This is particularly the case in Victoria.
Our Member Contact Centre cannot provide health advice, but the Industrial Support Officers in the contact centre can provide advice and assistance about your workplace entitlements.
If you have any difficulty accessing your entitlements please contact:
ASU Member Contact Centre | 1300 855 570 | firstname.lastname@example.org