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Coronavirus and Australian Workplace Laws


The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) can help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work during the coronavirus outbreak.

The FWO encourages you and your boss to work together to find the most beneficial and workable solutions for your individual circumstances. This may include taking different forms of leave, working from home, or taking extra precautions in the workplace.

Visit coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au for regularly updated information on your rights and obligations, including frequently asked questions and case studies. 

Links to other  Australian Government information on coronavirus

  • Department of Health – for the latest information on the virus, including requirements and conditions for isolation and quarantine periods and when testing should be sought
  • Department of Home Affairs – information for visa holders relating to coronavirus. 

International students who are currently working at major supermarkets may be able to extend their working hours to help meet high demand for essential items because of coronavirus. Eligible students should contact the Department of Home Affairs for more information.