Hospo Voice

Covid Outbreaks At Hospo Venues: What You Can Do

February 7, 2022

All employers have an obligation under Work Health and Safety law to eliminate or minimise the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes a duty to consult with workers and health and safety representatives about how the risks are being managed.

What safety measures should an employer be implementing to avoid covid outbreaks at hospo venues?

Employers must implement all reasonably practicable safety measures.

Examples of safety measures include:

Does my employer have to inform me about COVID-19 cases in the workplace?

Employers are required to follow the public health orders of the state they reside in. The public health orders are not uniform across the country; however, they all require an employer to notify their workers if the employer has been notified of cases of COVID-19 that interacted with those workers.

What happens if my employer doesn’t tell me about COVID-19 in the workplace?

Employers are required to follow the public health orders of the state they reside in. The public health orders are not uniform across the country; however, most include requirements upon employers to display QR check-in codes, check the vaccination status of guests, require workers to wear masks, and notify workers of confirmed covid cases in the venue. These measures are critical to preventing further covid outbreaks at hospo venues.

Failure by individuals and businesses to follow public health orders can result in fines issued by the police, or penalties and even jail time by the courts. 

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I am isolating after being exposed to have COVID-19 or am quarantining because I have contracted COVID-19. Is there financial assistance?

All workers who meet the required criteria have access to the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. This payment pays up to $750 for each 7-day isolation/quarantine period.

Further information on the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment can be found at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment.

Some Australian States offer additional support payments. Many of these payments will require you to have no access to personal leave entitlements. Currently, these include:

Further information on the state-specific COVID-19 support payments can be found at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/state-or-territory-pandemic-payment-during-coronavirus-covid-19

My employer has told me I have to organise my co-workers to cover my shift. Is this true?

If a worker is required to isolate/quarantine under a public health order, then you cannot attend work. This is crucial in order to avoid covid outbreaks in hospo venues. Workers are not responsible for organising your replacement if you are unwell or unable to attend work due to a public health order.

If your employer says you have to attend work, then you should report them to the relevant workplace health and safety authority in your state or territory. If an employer threatens to discipline or terminate you because you take leave, you should contact your union, Hospo Voice via our app Mobilise. Join now your union now.

Who should I contact to make a complaint about my employer?

If your employer is breaching public health order, then you should report them to the relevant state authority.

If you are concerned about how your employer is handling COVID-19 safety measures, you should contact Hospo Voice or Worksafe/Safework.

Where to ReportWorkSafe/Safework Agency
VIChttps://www.police.vic.gov.au/police-assistance-line-and-online-reporting
https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/
NSWhttps://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/
TAShttps://www.police.tas.gov.au/services-online/tasmanian-health-hotline-form-for-reporting-non-compliance/
https://worksafe.tas.gov.au/ 
QLDhttps://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/SuspiciousActivity
https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/
WAWestern Australia Police on 131 444
https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe
SAhttps://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-events/covid-19-compliance-monitoring
https://www.safework.sa.gov.au/
NThttps://pfes.nt.gov.au/form/report-a-covid-19-breach
https://worksafe.nt.gov.au/
ACThttps://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/s/report-covid-19-breach
https://www.worksafe.act.gov.au/

What should I include in reporting my employer?

If you are reporting your employer for breaching a public health order you should include the following detail

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