After 2.5 years of isolation requirements following a COVID-19 positive, isolation requirements, and the accompanying government isolation payments, come to an end on 14 October 2022.

Following a National Cabinet meeting today the announcement of the removal of isolation requirements marks a much called for national move that avoids the additional confusion of States and Territories being out of step.

“While I am almost giddy at the idea of a change that is occurring everywhere at the same time, there are exceptions” explains ACAPMAs Elisha Radwanowski.

“Those in high risk settings, including aged care and disability will still be required to isolate, and will have access to the payments, but for fuel retail, wholesale and admin staff are expected to manage COVID isolation as they do isolation for any other illness” continued Elisha.

“Namely, to stay home if they are sick” she added.

“From a business perspective it is important that this change is reflected in the risk assessments at work – COVID-19 remains a risk that the business must manage.  Practically this means considering what measures and behaviours the business expects of COVID-19 Postitive Workers” explained Elisha.

“For example, if the workers are working alone, such as a fuel driver, then an appropriate control would be the employee reporting their positive status, confirming higher levels of cleaning of the cab of the vehicle and ensuring mask wearing when coming into contact with others” she added.

“When you are talking about fuel retail staff it would be appropriate for them to be instructed to be masked for the 5-7 days after a positive test” continued Elisha.

“All businesses need to plan now, for how they will respond to a positive worker, and then communicate that to the workers…before the isolation requirements lift on October 14” concluded Elisha.

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Elisha Radwanowski BCom(HRM&IR)