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 and Western Australian Governments are identifying groups of people required to self-isolate or self-quarantine because of COVID-19. The advice may 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 WA Government and Australian Government.
Maintaining service delivery
A pandemic may result in public sector employers experiencing additional workforce pressures, such as increased absences from work or changes to service delivery.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, public sector employers may need to implement changed service delivery arrangements. This could include performing work remotely, working from home, or other arrangements.
The Public Sector Commissioner and Executive Director Government Sector Labour Relations have issued instructions and circulars setting out measures to support employers responding to pandemic-related workforce issues.
Current circulars and guidance:
Public sector employers can contact their Labour Relations Adviser for further advice on COVID-19 workforce arrangements.
Public sector employees can contact the human resources team within their agency for assistance with COVID-19 related matters.