On 15 August 2023, the Government ended remaining COVID-19 public health measures. It did this because the COVID-19 risk is low compared with other periods of the epidemic and the level of COVID-related hospitalisations has stabilised.
This decision does not mean COVID-19 has disappeared. COVID-19 remains active in the community, and it can make people sick if they catch it.
If your workplace is impacted by COVID-19
For most workplaces, COVID-19 is not a risk arising from their work that needs to be managed from a health and safety perspective. It is now like other community-based infectious illnesses that can impact workers and their work.
However, if you are one of the few workplaces where COVID-19 is a risk directly related to your work or if you and your workers are particularly concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your business or people, then you will want to put some policies or other measures in place to manage the risk.
Completing a risk assessment together with your workers is a good start.
Managing issues related to COVID-19
Workplaces can expect to continue dealing with COVID-related issues such as sick workers (unplanned absences or turning up sick), issues with sick or paid special leave, support for workers while isolating, return to work, and medical certificates.
If you want to make or change workplace policies regarding COVID-19, you will need to consult with your workers and their representatives.