COVID-19 info for HACSU Members

Posted on
March 25, 2020
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We encourage our HACSU members to check the following direct links to COVID-19 advice and information from official government sources and the Australian Council of Trade Unions. As the situation is evolving rapidly, We urge you to check back regularly as these sites are updated as often as is necessary.

For individual advice and assistance, members should call us on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au

GENERAL WORKPLACE RIGHTS

  • The Australian Council of Trade Unions has developed this regularly updated page for information about your rights at work, whether that be about leave, safety at work, etc. You can also subscribe to a regular email.
  • HACSU supports the call for the introduction of 14-days special paid leave for all workers that can be used if and when workers are required to self-isolate and/or contract the virus. You can sign the petition calling on the government to act here

HEALTH & AGED CARE

  • The Australian Government Department of Health is producing extensive resources to assist health professionals working across a range of sectors, including hospitals, health clinics and aged care. A range of fact sheets and FAQ pages can be accessed by following the links on the right hand side of the page. Keep checking back as the page is being updated regularly

DISABILITY

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency has created a page containing fact sheets in a range of formats and regularly updated FAQs. The info is mainly directed at NDIS participants but is useful for workers as well. The page will be updated regularly.
  • The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has created an info page that relates mainly to service providers and NDIS participants, but the info is also useful for workers. The page will be updated regularly.
  • HACSU, along with other unions and the peak body for disability service providers, released a strategy for a disability-specific COVID-19 plan on 18 March 2020, that can be read here.

STATE AND TERRITORY GOVERNMENT INFO

State and Territory Governments have also established dedicated websites about their health system responses, links are below:

- Tasmania

- Victoria

- Australian Capital Territory

- New South Wales

- Queensland

- Northern Territory

- South Australia

- Western Australia

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is becoming ever more important to stay connected, especially during this unprecedented crisis, but we urge members to treat social media posts relating to COVID-19 that haven't been issued by official sources with a high degree of caution. Official sources of information on Facebook at this time include:

If in doubt – check the whether the page has been verified by Facebook, you can find out about Facebook verification here.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form