Factsheets: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus is a group of viruses that normally cause mild illness with symptoms similar to a common cold. In December 2019, a new strain of coronavirus was discovered called COVID-19. This strain is highly contagious and can cause serious illness and even death in people considered ‘high risk’. COVID-19 has created an unprecedented crisis for our health and economy. Workers are facing enormous challenges including job insecurity and serious health risks. As we all do our bit to contain the pandemic, Australian Unions are fighting to protect the rights, safety and livelihoods of all workers. In this section you will find information on how COVID-19 effects working life and how you can protect your rights at work.

Testing for COVID-19

Work health and safety information about testing for COVID-19

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/testing-for-covid-19/

Ventilation

Workplace health and safety information about ventilation and COVID-19

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/ventilation/

Understanding COVID-19 risks in your workplace

Workplace health and safety information about physical distancing and ventilation

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/covid-workplace-risks/

Transport to and from work

Work health and safety information about managing the risk of COVID-19 and transport and from work.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/transport-to-and-from-work/

Consulting Workers

Workplace health and safety information about managing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace and consulting workers.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/consulting-workers/

Privacy at Work

Workplace health and safety information about privacy at work and COVID-19

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/privacy-at-work/

Safety Gear (PPE)

Workplace health and safety information about managing the risk of COVID-19 and safety gear/personal protective equipment.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/safety-gear-ppe/

Workplace cleanliness and hygiene

Workplace health and safety information about managing the risk of COVID-19 and workplace cleanliness and hygiene

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/workplace-cleanliness-and-hygiene/

Supporting Workers – Paid Pandemic and Vaccination Leave

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting workers COVID–19 is a health and safety risk. Employers and other duty holders (such as property managers/owners) have obligations to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. They must identify risks relating to COVID-19 have a plan on what will be done to protect and support workers, and health and safety representatives…

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/covid-aware-supporting-workers/

COVID-19 Pandemic Leave and Payments

This fact sheet outlines the pandemic leave and payments you may be entitled to.

https://www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/covid-19-pandemic-leave-and-payments/