Covid-19 Information for ASU members

This information is for ASU members and delegates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our priority is keeping you safe, and paid. Book an online meeting with your Organiser here. We will arrange a zoom meeting to speak with you and your colleagues.

LATEST COVID RESTRICTIONS FOR NSWIf you are fully vaccinated you must:

  • wear a face mask in public indoor areas, shops, and public transport
  • check-in when required
  • provide evidence of your vaccinations when required

Workers are authorised to visit homes whether or not they or the household are fully vaccinated.

The rules for work changed from 11 October 2021:

  • a travel registration is not required
  • you can work anywhere in NSW
  • if a workplace can open, it may need to follow the rules for COVID-19 Safe Check in
  • vaccination rules for business may apply. The vaccination rules for business are different for businesses in Greater Sydney and regional and rural NSW.

Vaccination requirements

Authorised Workers and Disability Workers who leave an LGA of concern for work, are now required to have the first dose of a COVID19 vaccine by Monday September 9 2021.  See the table below for more details.

Date

Category of worker

Requirement

From 9 September

Authorised workers who live in an LGA of concern who leave their LGA for work purposes

First dose

OR

Evidence of an appointment to get vaccinated on or before 19 September

From 9 September

Disability, early childhood care and food processing workers who live or work in an LGA of concern

First dose

OR

Evidence of an appointment to get vaccinated on or before 19 September

Book your priority vaccination here.

Evidence of your vaccination can be obtained here (even for workers who don’t have a Medicare card) Find out more about how to access your vaccination record.

If you have questions about the new restrictions and what they mean for you and your work – we can provide advice and support. Fill out this form and we will contact you to see how we can help.





NEW: TEST AND ISOLATE PAYMENTS WON BY UNIONS FOR ALL WORKERS IN NSW.

After weeks of pressure from unions and health experts the NSW Government has agreed to make test and isolation payments available to workers.

That's $320 for workers awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

Read about the test and isolate payments here.

COVID19 DISASTER PAYMENT

The Morrison Government relented to pressure on increasing the amount of the COVID-19 disaster payment to a maximum of $750 per week, more than a month into the Sydney lockdown.

From August 2nd, workers will receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work while those that lose between 8 and less than 20 hours, or a full day of work, will receive a payment of $450 per week.

This will be automatically updated for those already in the Services Australia system.

You do not need to have run down your annual leave to receive the payment. 

This will be available to everyone in NSW, not just those in Greater Sydney. You can access the payment online via Services Australia


Save money when shopping online. ASU members get discounts on groceries at major retailers. Find a gift card to use today here.


ASU members are Vaccine Champions

Read why ASU members are choosing to get vaccinated.


HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK

COVID-19 is a health and safety risk for employees. Employers have obligations to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of employees and others.

We have developed this COVID Workplace Checklist for ASU members. 

Delegates can also use the Coronavirus Workplace Checklist to ensure the safety of their workplace.

To find out more about the obligations employers have, download our full COVID-19 factsheet for ASU members.

For all the information about your work and Coronavirus, download the ASU COVID-19 Factsheet.


LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS

Full and part-time employees who can’t come to work because they are diagnosed with COVID-19 can take paid personal/carer’s leave.

Casual employees and independent contractors do not receive pay when they are not at work including when they are sick.

Employers should therefore consider specific measures to support casual employees and other insecure employees who are impacted by COVID-19 including the provision of paid “special leave”.

Sign the petition to call on the government to ensure paid special leave for all workers.


ASU Jobs Connect

Jons Connect is a free service for members to find work where there is now high demand.

We are working with employers across the country to help members get work at places where there is now high demand for more workers and where there are positions available.

These jobs are predominantly in community and disability services.

If you would like to access this free service, please complete the online form.

While we can’t guarantee that we will be able to find everyone a job or additional work, we are committed to supporting our members during this time


Frontline NDIS workers

People with Disability and their families cannot be left alone to fight COVID-19. The Australian Services Union, National Disability Services, Health Services Union and the United Workers Union have developed a joint statement on the impacts of this crisis on NDIS participants and workforce, and call on the Government to take action.

Sign the petition for the Federal Government to support NDIS participants and workers 

A survey of disability workers found that many underlying problems in the sector was contributing to risk factors during the pandemic. At the end of April the Federal Government finally listened to ASU members and announced half a million more masks to go to the disability sector.

We still need a COVID-19 Care allowance for support workers in recognition of the higher risks and standards of care that must be taken when supporting someone with COVID-19. You can help show the government that you are essential by taking action here.

The Government has not supported our call to guarantee that no disability worker to go without pay because of COVID-19 (due to isolation, or client cancellation or illness). However the additional supports and funding they are giving NDIS services should be used by services to ensure workers continue to be employed and paid throughout the COVID-19 crisis.


Helpful Resources

If you have questions on concerns about your health and safety at work, leave entitlements and job security, or any work related issue, don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9310 4000. You can also book a time for us to call you that is best for you.

 

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