The Fair Work Commission’s ongoing focus is to ensure a safe environment for our clients and staff so we can continue to deliver services to the community.
While most of our counters are open, we continue to closely monitor state and federal health advice and arrangements may change at short notice.
Our counters in Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney are closed, but we’re still operating. Please do not attend these offices unless a Commission Member specifically requests you to.
If you would like to check the impact of health advice on our counter service, you can call us on 1300 799 675.
Please send urgent applications to COVID19Applications@fwc.gov.au.
This includes applications to vary enterprise agreements or other instruments to deal with the consequences of COVID-19.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has information about Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.
They offer advice about workplace entitlements and obligations during COVID-19, including:
The Fair Work Ombudsman has guidance about COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace including the circumstances where an employer can require their employees to be vaccinated, and what an employer can do if an employee refuses.
All employers, even where their employees have been vaccinated, have an obligation to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Safe Work Australia has general and industry-specific guidance on vaccinations and work health and safety obligations.
You can read the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy on the Department of Health's website.
You can find information about our role in dealing with jobkeeper disputes on this website.
The JobMaker hiring credit is an incentive provided to businesses when they create an additional job and hire an eligible young person, aged 16 to 35 years old, for that job.
The JobMaker scheme is administered by the Australian Taxation Office.
You can find information about eligibility and registering for the scheme on the JobMaker hiring credit page of the ATO's website.
The current situation is having an impact on a range of case types at the Commission, including:
Visit www.aus.gov.au for the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.
Phone 1300 799 675 or email your nearest Commission office if you have any other questions about how COVID-19 is affecting our operations.