The ASU has reached agreement with VicRoads about the provision of salary maintenance to staff in circumstances where there are reduced workloads.

Crucially, being available while on salary maintenance will be a voluntary, opt-out system. If staff are unable to be available to return to work while on salary maintenance, they can opt-out without having to justify this or provide reasons for it. And these provisions have been extended to Agency staff as well as ongoing VicRoads employees.

Initially, staff at a number of sites were told that they must be available, and if they failed to come back to work they would have this time deducted from personal leave. ASU lobbied VicRoads and DoT to get this resolved.

Under the revised directions, the following will apply;

  • VicRoads will roster coverage for potential absenteeism, to limit the chance of recalling an employee from a rostered salary maintenance day.
  • While employees will generally not be required to work on a rostered salary maintenance day, where necessary, VicRoads will direct the performance of work by giving 24 hours’ notice.
  • For urgency matters, an employee may be called by 10am on the day to return to work, however may opt-out of this request and will not be asked to provide a reason for opting out.

The salary maintenance provisions are set out in the State Government’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance note.

For more information please contact:
ASU Organiser Matt Price | 0407 362 764 |


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