COVID-19 leave arrangements

Leave arrangements for COVID-19 circumstances as at 21 January 2022

At all times follow government health advice: symptoms, testing and isolation.  Refer to https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-test-isolate-national-protocols.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to lodge a Protecht report.

For other COVID-19 information, refer to the Staff Hub.

CircumstanceArrangement

For vaccination/booster appointments for yourself or your child, or in the event of an adverse reaction to a vaccination

  • Take personal leave

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • Work from home if well enough
  • Take personal leave if not well enough to work or can’t work from home

If you contract COVID-19 and are unwell

  • Take personal leave

If you’re caring for someone who contracts COVID-19 and is unwell

  • Take personal leave

If you’re identified as a close contact

  • Work from home if well enough
  • Take personal leave if not well enough to work
  • Take annual leave, long service leave, flex leave or leave without pay if well but can’t work from home
  • If already on another form of leave and are well, you stay on that leave.  If you are unwell, refer below.

If a member of your household is a close contact (which makes you a casual contact)

  • Take personal leave if they are unwell and you’re caring for them
  • Work from home if the person does not require care or you’re required to isolate
  • Take annual leave, long service leave, flex leave or leave without pay if the person does not require care, but you can’t work from home and you’re required to isolate

If your child’s school or child care centre is closed due to COVID

  • Take COVID carer’s leave
  • If you’ve exhausted your COVID carer’s leave, work from home if you can
  • If you can’t work from home take annual leave, long service leave, flex leave or leave without pay

If your child can’t attend school or child care due to COVID exposure

  • Take COVID carer’s leave
  • If you’ve exhausted your COVID carer’s leave, work from home if you can
  • If you can’t work from home take annual leave, long service leave, flex leave or leave without pay

If other care arrangements in place for your child, or care arrangements for your elderly parents or dependents with disabilities, have been impacted (e.g. the usual carer not available due to COVID exposure)

  • Discuss with your supervisor whether COVID carer’s leave is appropriate
  • If you’ve exhausted your COVID carer’s leave, work from home if you can
  • If you can’t work from home take annual leave, long service leave, flex leave or leave without pay

If you were unwell with COVID-19 while on another form of leave

If you become ill for more than:

  • 5 days while on annual leave, you may swap annual leave for personal leave, subject to the provision of a medical certificate
  • while on any amount of flex leave, you may swap flex leave for personal leave, subject to the provision of a medical certificate.

In COVID cases, a copy of your notification of a positive test result can be provided instead of a medical certificate.  This can be in the form of confirmation of a positive PCR test result, or confirmation of Service NSW upload of Rapid Antigen Test (when available).

Please note that leave reversals require Band 7 approval.