ASU members will be aware that there are new restrictions impacting your work. Below we cover the major impacts, but for the most accurate and up-to-date information, please head to Coronavirus Victoria.

Working from home

  • The direction that ‘if you can work from home, you must work from home’ has returned from 28/05-03/06. This means that if you worked from home during previous lockdowns, you should probably be doing so during this one, please check with your local management to see if directions remain the same.

Masks – at work and in the community

  • According to current DFFH directions, Permitted staff, contractors and volunteers must wear a surgical mask at all times, no matter where they work in the facility’. This means that anyone working on-site for any Community Services employer must wear a surgical mask. The exact definition of ‘surgical mask’ is yet to be determined but at the least it would be disposable. This PPE should be supplied by your employer.
  • The type of mask that you are required to wear outside the workplace hasn’t changed.

Changes to screening requirements

Workplace screening requirements now exclude from the workplace any person who identifies that they:

  • are a primary or secondary close contact of a person with COVID-19 or have visited listed exposure sites
  • have worked in a port of entry or hotel quarantine site in the last 14 days
  • have been released from hotel quarantine in the last 14 days
  • are not feeling well or have any symptoms of COVID-19

The ASU is calling on the Andrews Government to implement reforms in the community services sector to reflect the fact that you are Essential Not Expendable.  You can sign our petition here.

If you have questions about the way that this lockdown is being handled by your employer, contact the ASU Member Contact Centre on

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