The CPSU has worked with the ACT government to secure industrial rights for members during the COVID lockdown.

This includes paid leave where you are unable to work from home, regardless of your employment status.

Essential workers:

If your job involves preservation of life or public safety (such as police, corrections, front line health care practitioners etc), then you might be an essential worker. However:

  • Just because your unit or division meets the category above, it doesn't mean you are automatically an essential worker - there must be an individual consideration of the work you do.
  • If your job can be done from home, you should be working from home.

If you are an essential worker, and cannot work from home, then you can go into the office or workplace whilst maintaining the appropriate precautions (such as PPE).

Non-essential workers:

  • If you do not meet the definition of essential worker, then you should not be going into the office. There are no exceptions to this.
  • If you can work from home, you should work work from home.
  • Caring for children may impact your ability to work full hours - so you should do what you can while working from home. For this reason, flex sheets will not be a priority. However, if you are working above and beyond your standard hours, please record these hours.
  • If you cannot do your work from home, whether it be because of the type of work you do, due to a lack of technology or another reason, then you will have access to COVID leave.
  • Causals and Labour-hire workers should be paid for whatever their forward roster was scheduled for, or, if that was not in place, the average of your previous months work.

If in doubt, seek advice: 1300 137 636 or [email protected]