Frequently Asked Questions



Should I attend work?

The situation is changing daily.

To assess whether you should attend work or stay home, you will need to check the most up to date information from your employer. 

If you need to stay home, contact your line manager to discuss your situation. If you need advice or assistance following the conversation with your manager, please contact the union.

I am employed in the public sector. What are my entitlements?

For members employed in the public sector the advice regarding employment and leave entitlements is being updated frequently by the state government see here and see here (Circular #7).

I am employed in the private sector. What are my entitlements?

For members employed in the private sector, the Fair Work Act is the primary source of your entitlements see here.

Please note your entitlements will vary also - depending on the terms of your contract of employment and whether an enterprise agreement or a modern award applies to your employment.

We recommend that you raise issues initially with your management and contact the union if you need further assistance.

The union is in contact with private sector employers about what they propose to do to protect employees and their entitlements and incomes. Change is happening rapidly as the health system realigns significantly and we are contacting members at different workplaces directly.


Employers are required by law to maintain safe and health workplaces. Access to PPE is the critical issue for health workers. This is the union’s priority – the safety of members. This also means those who can work from home, should be able to do so urgently.

Immediate concerns about health and safety should be raised in the workplace. If you need advice or assistance call the union.

For important safety information see here


Personal hygiene measures are essential, please remember:

  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds 
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue and then dispose of tissues and wash your hands, or cough and sneeze into your elbow if a tissue is not available


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