My workplace is re-opening. Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 or get medical clearance to return to work?
If you are well and have not had COVID-19
No. If you are well and have not had COVID-19, there is no need to be tested or get medically cleared for COVID-19 before return to work unless this is directed by Public Health Services.
If you are unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19
Yes. If you have a fever (or signs of fever eg night sweats, chills) or cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, even if its mild, it is important to get tested.
Stay away from work and other public places and get tested as soon as possible by phoning your GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738). Other than to get tested or for urgent medical care, stay at home until you get your test results. Even if the test result is negative, stay at home until you are well.
Get tested every time you get sick with any of these symptoms, even if you’ve had a negative test result before.
For staff who have tested positive for COVID-19
You do not need to be tested unless directed to by Public Health Services.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must stay at home (or your place of isolation) until you receive a letter from Public Health Services stating you can leave isolation and return to normal duties, including work. You can only leave home (or your place of isolation) to access urgent, arranged medical care.
Does the quarantine period apply to travel by Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) workers?
If you are a Tasmanian resident returning to Tasmania for a period of leave from work interstate, you may quarantine at your residence.
If you are required to leave Tasmania to return to work before the end of your 14 day quarantine period, you may do so, but must:
- Transit directly from your residence to the port of departure; and
- Maintain hand hygiene and physical distancing during transit
If you are travelling to Tasmania for work, you may be exempt from completing a period of quarantine as a Specified Person (Essential Traveller).
Does the quarantine period apply to commercial fishers and recreational boaters?
Commercial fishers and recreational boaters do not need to quarantine if they have not set foot interstate or overseas, and have not taken on crew from interstate and overseas in the past 14 days. See Coming to Tasmania for more information.
Does the quarantine period apply to maritime crew?
The State Controller offers the following class exemptions to eligible maritime crew from being required to quarantine in a government facility for a period of 14 days:
- Class I: Maritime crew ‘signing-off’ a commercial or government vessel in Tasmania.
- Class II: Maritime crew arriving in Tasmania to join a commercial or government vessel.
- Class III: Maritime crew who are Tasmanian residents returning after disembarking at an interstate port.
These class exemptions are available to maritime crew of commercial and government vessels who are not eligible for the Category 3 exemption of the Schedule of Specified Persons. These exemptions do not apply to crew of cruise ships.
See Maritime crew for more information.
Rights at work
Where can I get information about my rights at work, eg being made to use annual/personal leave, being stood down, or being ordered to work from home?
Long service leave
Who can I talk to about accessing my long service leave, or being made to take it?
- Private sector workers: if you are covered by the Long Service Leave Act 1976 (you can check this with Fair Work; see details above) then the WorkSafe Tasmania Helpline can provide advice. Complete WorkSafe Tasmania’s general enquiry form. Make sure you provide a contact number as the Helpline may need to contact you to discuss. Or call the Helpline on 1300 366 322.
- Construction Industry workers: contact TasBuild online or call 6294 0807.
- State Service workers: discuss with your HR team, your union, or the WorkSafe Tasmania Helpline on 1300 366 322.
Who can tell me about accessing my superannuation under 'hardship' circumstances?
- Your superannuation fund or other source of financial advice
- The Australian Tax Office's superannuation information page
Where can I find the information about financial assistance that is available for workers who have been laid off or stood down?
- Australian Government Treasury Job Keeper payments
- Australian Government Treasury Job Keeper payment - FAQs
- Australian Government Treasury Job Keeper payment - information for employees
- Centrelink (Services Australia)
Who can help me with my workers compensation claim issues?
- WorkSafe Tasmania's workers compensation page
- WorkSafe Tasmania through its general enquiry form. Make sure you provide a contact number as the Helpline may need to contact you to discuss. Or call the Helpline on 1300 366 322
- Worker Assist: 1300 027 747
- The Injury Management Co-ordinator at the insurance company managing your claim
- Your union
Work health and safety
Where can I find information about being COVID-19 safe at work, including information specific to my industry?
- WorkSafe Tasmania has COVID-19 industry specific resources