End of unpaid pandemic leave in awards

Industrial relations

Unpaid pandemic leave in awards stopped applying after 30 June 2022.

Employees had been entitled to unpaid pandemic leave if they were unable to work because they needed to self-isolate or because pandemic control measures restricted business operations.

On 17 June 2022, the Fair Work Commission issued a decision to remove expired unpaid pandemic leave terms and other expired COVID-19 provisions from awards.

Any unpaid pandemic leave that had already started on 30 June 2022 can continue, but employees cannot start a period of unpaid pandemic leave.

The following alternative options are available.

  • Annual leave
  • Paid and unpaid sick and carer's leave
  • Unpaid leave and other paid leave

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