Those at risk

We are strongly encouraging our people with greater risk of Coronavirus infection to stay at home, work where possible or to take special leave.

A sensitive common sense approach should be adopted when assessing the risk for employees with pre-existing severe medical conditions, who have significant concerns for their well-being. Irrespective of age, employees with an impaired immune system (such as people who have cancer or HIV, or who take high dose corticosteroids) should be considered at risk, and work from home, alternate duties or leave arrangements should be explored.

Additionally, the government definitions of those considered ‘at risk’ includes:

  • People aged 70 years and over
  • People aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • People with a compromised immune system, or
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medial conditions.

Click here for more information on medical conditions in line with Australian Government advice.

What are the working arrangements for ‘at risk’ staff?

We do not want our people to feel they are being forced out of the workplace, however, we are strongly encouraging those who are ‘at risk’ to stay at home and where possible, begin working from home arrangements. Your leader will work with you to plan this transition together.

If it is not possible to work from home, alternative options like training and a range of other activities, should be looked into.

If no alternate duties are available for you, special leave of 20 days may be accessed. For employees aged 70 or above, special leave is uncapped. In other circumstances special leave may be extended.

Options for evidentiary requirements to support a request for special leave due to chronic medical condition may include:

  • Medical certificate (either hard copy or emailed from the doctor)
  • Evidence of a phone consultation with your doctor
  • Note and/or certificate from a pharmacist
  • Other medical record or report that details the condition.

We are asking our people to consider the risk to themselves and to make the right decision for them, and we would like them to choose the safest option possible for themselves. We are encouraging leaders to find meaningful work for their "at risk" employees that can be done from home, even for frontline staff. This is not intended to be a punitive measure, but rather to ensure our people remain healthy and engaged. We are working to help leaders define what this meaningful work might be.

To help leaders support those considered at greatest risk from Coronavirus, this managers guide provides advice including on risk assessments, having a structured conversation with the affected person and any evidence you may need to collect. Use this one page guide for managers when working out leave options for team members who are considered “at risk”, including when special leave applies.

We are strongly encouraging our people with greater risk of Coronavirus infection to stay at home, work where possible or to take special leave.

A sensitive common sense approach should be adopted when assessing the risk for employees with pre-existing severe medical conditions, who have significant concerns for their well-being. Irrespective of age, employees with an impaired immune system (such as people who have cancer or HIV, or who take high dose corticosteroids) should be considered at risk, and work from home, alternate duties or leave arrangements should be explored.

Additionally, the government definitions of those considered ‘at risk’ includes:

  • People aged 70 years and over
  • People aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions
  • People with a compromised immune system, or
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years and older with one or more chronic medial conditions.

Click here for more information on medical conditions in line with Australian Government advice.

What are the working arrangements for ‘at risk’ staff?

We do not want our people to feel they are being forced out of the workplace, however, we are strongly encouraging those who are ‘at risk’ to stay at home and where possible, begin working from home arrangements. Your leader will work with you to plan this transition together.

If it is not possible to work from home, alternative options like training and a range of other activities, should be looked into.

If no alternate duties are available for you, special leave of 20 days may be accessed. For employees aged 70 or above, special leave is uncapped. In other circumstances special leave may be extended.

Options for evidentiary requirements to support a request for special leave due to chronic medical condition may include:

  • Medical certificate (either hard copy or emailed from the doctor)
  • Evidence of a phone consultation with your doctor
  • Note and/or certificate from a pharmacist
  • Other medical record or report that details the condition.

We are asking our people to consider the risk to themselves and to make the right decision for them, and we would like them to choose the safest option possible for themselves. We are encouraging leaders to find meaningful work for their "at risk" employees that can be done from home, even for frontline staff. This is not intended to be a punitive measure, but rather to ensure our people remain healthy and engaged. We are working to help leaders define what this meaningful work might be.

To help leaders support those considered at greatest risk from Coronavirus, this managers guide provides advice including on risk assessments, having a structured conversation with the affected person and any evidence you may need to collect. Use this one page guide for managers when working out leave options for team members who are considered “at risk”, including when special leave applies.