COVID-19 and Labour Law: Australia

Anthony Forsyth


The Australian regulatory response to the COVID-19 pandemic has arisen from high levels of cooperation between all levels of government, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and key business groups. The impacts of business closures and restricted operations are already being seen through widespread stand downs and layoffs of workers. A wage subsidy scheme for affected employees has been implemented but leaves out many casual and migrant workers. Norms of workplace regulation have been rapidly adapted to allow businesses to adjust operations and many employees to work from home. Overwork and workplace safety remain of concern for those in essential sectors


Covid-19; Labour Law; JobKeeper scheme; Income support; Home working; Stand downs; Pandemic leave

DOI: 10.6092/issn.1561-8048/10812


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