Private Sector Update regarding COVID-19 lock down

Posted on January 8, 2021

In case you missed the news, from 6 pm on the 8 January 2021 people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands will be required to stay home until 6 pm Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the highly-infectious United Kingdom strain of COVID-19.

If you do go outside in those local government areas it will be mandatory to wear a mask.

You can read more about the 3-day lock down and restrictions here.

This announcement may have impacts on your work over the next few days. Your employer should be in contact with you about planning for your work over this period.

Your employer may ask you to:

  • Come to work – if you are an essential worker,
  • Work from home,
  • Take leave,
  • Or advise you that they are standing you down from work.

It’s worth remembering that the Fair Work Act allows employers to stand down employees without pay when they can no longer be usefully employed due to work stoppages which the employer cannot be held responsible for.

Before taking this step, your employer may need to exhaust other options of work such as working from home or offering the employee alternative work. They should also explore employees taking paid leave.

Read the general advice from Maurice Blackburn here

If you are concerned about your own health or think you have been exposed to the virus you should contact: 13 HEALTH - (Call: 13 43 25 84). These expert workers can guide you on what you should do and if you should report to be tested or if you should follow any other particular quarantine requirements.

If you need advice or support about the impact of the health pandemic on your work please get in touch. You can contact your union office by email at


1800 177 244