Fitness for Work Updates 27 March 2020
All Australians are required to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside.
Australians are encouraged to work from home where they can.
If you are sick, you must not attend your workplace. You must stay at home and away from others.
Workers are not to attend work and isolate themselves at home if:
- The worker has left and transited through China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy less than 14 days ago (until 14 days after leaving).
- The worker has arrived in Australia on or after 9AM (AWST) less than 14 days ago.
- The worker has been identified as close contacts of CONFIRMED OR PROBABLE cases of novel coronavirus (until 14 days after last contact with the confirmed or probable case)
- The worker has been identified as close contacts of SUSPECTED cases of novel coronavirus (until exclusion of COVID-19 in the suspected case).
- The worker suffers symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness (unusual and recent onset) or any recent symptoms associated with a cold or other respiratory illness irrespective of the above 4 criterion
- When a worker’s family member or close contact are in self-quarantine, the worker can go to work. However, if the family member or close contact becomes symptomatic (PROBABLE OR SUSPECTED case) and requires testing during the 14 days of self-quarantine, then the employee will need to self-quarantine until the results of the family member’s COVID-19 test is known.
Workers should be provided the following links for up-to-date advice: COVID-19 factsheet Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker Information for People with a Suspected Case
Workers should consider not attending work if they are at risk of serious complications from infection.
People most risk of serious infection are:
- People with compromised immune systems, such as people with cancer
- Elderly people
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People with diagnosed chronic medical conditions.