Workers compensation and COVID-19

Posted on
March 25, 2020
Health and Safety

We've heard from numerous members over the last week or so about potentially making a Workers Compensation claim related to COVID-19.

Worksafe Tasmania has released this information sheet onCOVID-19.

The essential test is:
Did the worker contract COVID-19 to which his or her employment contributed to a substantial degree?
This may come to a test of how infection risks at work were controlled. The main things to consider are:

  • Close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or something they've touched
  • Failure of measures to increase social distancing
  • Breaches of infection control measures, such as cleaning of surfaces that people are in contact with (ie reception desks, meal tables, kitchen areas etc) and easy access to soap and water or hand sanitiser
  • Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment

If you think your employer isn't providing adequate responses to the above, do these 3 things:

  • Contact your HSR if you have one, preferably via email, and
  • Inform your supervisor (employer) of your concerns, again preferably via email, and
  • Contact us at HACSUassist via email on  and send us the email you sent your supervisor. 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must give your employer notice.

You need to do this via an incident report, if these exist at your workplace, and email your supervisor ASAP that you reasonably believe you've been exposed during the course of your duties and you may need to make a Workers Compensation claim.

After you've done this, contact us ASAP via HACSUassist for advice or 1300 880 032.

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