As of midnight, mandatory isolation requirements due to COVID-19 have changed. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be mandated to isolate, but it is still recommended that anyone with respiratory symptoms stay at home and take steps to protect others.
If you work in health, aged care or disability, the changes will not mean that you can attend work if you have COVID or even if you’re a close contact, but each workplace will have their own risk assessment, and there may be some variations that need further explanation.
We will continue to fight for workers who lose pay because they cannot attend work when others do not have the same restrictions upon them. No one should be disadvantaged because they’re doing the right thing.
To make sure that the government can monitor their COVID-19 response, to protect our healthcare system and those who are vulnerable to severe disease, you should test for COVID if you have symptoms. You should stay away from others regardless of the result until the symptoms have resolved.
If you have any issues with the management of COVID in your workplace or any questions about the changes, please get in touch with us on 1300 880 032.