Message from the Secretary of DPC Tim Reardon


Update to the NSW Public Sector on COVID-19

7 May 2020

Over the past few weeks the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased rapidly. It means attention is turning to getting more parts of our economy moving again.

This needs to done in a very carefully managed way and will always be guided by health advice.

This will mean some more activity on public transport and on the road network, particularly for students coming back to face-to-face education at our schools, delivery of essential freight, and in other areas such as retail. These are priorities to get us back towards a fully functioning economy – a COVIDSafe economy.

Many things will be different and will likely be that way for some time. One of the key differences will be the amount of people who can travel on the public transport system at any time. Because of social distancing guidance to keep us healthy, there will be far less capacity available on our buses, trains, ferries, and trams.

That means we have to consider staggered start and finish times or other alternative arrangements for businesses, education, and other parts of the economy.

And for the public service who are not on the frontline it means you should continue to work from home as you have done so in March and April.

Regardless of media commentary and speculation on easing restrictions, nothing for us has changed – where you can and have been working from home, you should to continue to do so, for the foreseeable future.

As we communicated in March, this is about playing our part in thinning out the demand on our public services – with transport being one of the key services where this is incredibly important.

Moving forward, we are planning right now for how some of our office workplaces will operate once further activity recommences. We will give further updates on this shortly. We are like every other significant employer and business, we need to get our office workplaces configured appropriately to be COVIDSafe, and to do so consistently across the Clusters.

In the interim, we all continue to have a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus and for us that means continuing to keep doing what we have been doing.

Go well,

Tim



Update to the NSW Public Sector on COVID-19

7 May 2020

Over the past few weeks the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased rapidly. It means attention is turning to getting more parts of our economy moving again.

This needs to done in a very carefully managed way and will always be guided by health advice.

This will mean some more activity on public transport and on the road network, particularly for students coming back to face-to-face education at our schools, delivery of essential freight, and in other areas such as retail. These are priorities to get us back towards a fully functioning economy – a COVIDSafe economy.

Many things will be different and will likely be that way for some time. One of the key differences will be the amount of people who can travel on the public transport system at any time. Because of social distancing guidance to keep us healthy, there will be far less capacity available on our buses, trains, ferries, and trams.

That means we have to consider staggered start and finish times or other alternative arrangements for businesses, education, and other parts of the economy.

And for the public service who are not on the frontline it means you should continue to work from home as you have done so in March and April.

Regardless of media commentary and speculation on easing restrictions, nothing for us has changed – where you can and have been working from home, you should to continue to do so, for the foreseeable future.

As we communicated in March, this is about playing our part in thinning out the demand on our public services – with transport being one of the key services where this is incredibly important.

Moving forward, we are planning right now for how some of our office workplaces will operate once further activity recommences. We will give further updates on this shortly. We are like every other significant employer and business, we need to get our office workplaces configured appropriately to be COVIDSafe, and to do so consistently across the Clusters.

In the interim, we all continue to have a role to play in stopping the spread of the virus and for us that means continuing to keep doing what we have been doing.

Go well,

Tim