COVID-19 Coronavirus Information for Public Sector Employers

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Public sector employers

This page provides information for Western Australian (WA) public sector employers to help manage workforce issues as a consequence of COVID-19.

Providing a safe workplace

Public sector employers remain responsible for providing a safe working environment throughout the emerging situation.

The Australian Government is identifying groups of people required to self-isolate at home because of COVID-19. The advice will change as the situation develops. Employers and employees should monitor wa.gov.au to ascertain who is affected at any particular time.

Employers should take a pragmatic and precautionary approach that promotes the health and safety of employees. Employees should monitor advice issued by both the Australian Government and Western Australian Government.

Further information:

Maintaining service delivery

A pandemic may result in WA public sector organisations experiencing additional workforce pressures, such as increased absences from work or changes to service delivery.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public sector agencies may need to implement changed service delivery arrangements. This could include performing work remotely, working from home, or other arrangements.  

Workforce arrangements

The Public Sector Commissioner and Executive Director Public Sector Labour Relations will issue instructions and circulars setting out additional measures to support employers responding to pandemic-related workforce issues.

Current circulars and guidance:

Public sector employers can contact their Labour Relations Adviser as needed to discuss the practical application of the circular(s) for individual circumstances.

Current messages from the Public Sector Commissioner:

Public sector employers can contact their Labour Relations Adviser as needed to discuss the practical application of the circular(s) for individual circumstances.

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