Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
If your workplace has been impacted by coronavirus, we have information about your workplace rights and obligations at Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.
A number of temporary changes have been introduced due to coronavirus including:
- JobKeeper – changes to the Fair Work Act to support the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme
- temporary award changes – allowing for temporary workplace flexibility in some awards
- pandemic leave – unpaid and paid pandemic leave (including worker and disaster payments) during coronavirus.
The coronavirus outbreak has affected our services. Find out what it means for you and what you can expect. Visit How coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected our services.
Our number is 13 13 94. We're open 8am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday (except for public holidays).
The average wait time can be around 30 minutes. While you're waiting, have a look at the information below - it could answer your question or help save time on your call.
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If you can't find the information you need on our website, you can try searching our Library. You can also make an online enquiry.
To get help calling us, use Hearing or Speech Impairment services or the Translating and Interpreting service.
Before you call
Be prepared for your call by reading our Before you call page. Having all the information we need available will help us give you accurate advice. If you don't have this information when you call, we may need you to find it out and call us back.
Pay and entitlement questions
Use the same Pay and Conditions Tool that our advisers use and get your answer right away.
For pay rates, penalties and allowances, use our Pay Calculator or Pay Guides.
To find leave entitlements, try our Leave Calculator.
Use our Notice and Redundancy Calculator to calculate entitlements when employment ends.
Finding the right award
Use our 3-step Find my award tool to help find the right award that you're covered by.
Small business information
We want to help businesses get it right. Visit our Small business page for information and resources you can rely on, including:
- hiring employees
- managing employees
- record-keeping and pay slips.
Our interactive 'Get help' tool helps you find answers to questions about pay, leave, ending employment and resolving workplace issues. Get help now.
Resolving workplace issues
Need help sorting out an issue in your workplace? Follow our step-by-step guide to resolving workplace issues.
Help with difficult conversations, starting a new job or managing performance
Complete our online courses in our Online learning centre to learn new skills and strategies to help you:
- start a new job
- have a difficult conversation in the workplace
- manage performance
- hire new employees.
Making an anonymous report
Help us keep workplaces fair - if you know someone who's not getting a fair go or have heard of a business or organisation that isn't playing by the rules, you can share your information with us anonymously.
Tailor your information
My account tailors specific information and recommends content that is relevant to you. Sign up for a My account to:
- submit an online enquiry
- save results from our Pay, Shift, Leave and Notice and Redundancy Calculators
- get information tailored to your needs.
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Where else to get help
Find out where to go for help with:
For information on separation certificates, visit the Services Australia website.
Hearing or speech impairment
Translation services and language assistance
Call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.
You can also visit our Language help page for employment information in 30 languages.
Calling from outside Australia
You can call us from outside Australia using our international number on +61 2 6120 8989.
Help for small business
- Contact the small business helpline for quick and easy access to our advisers and workplace relations information. Call the helpline on 13 13 94 and press option 3
- Find tools, resources and information you might need on our Small business page.
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