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COVID-19 update

As restrictions begin to ease within each state and territory, it is timely for Parliamentarians and their employees to consider future steps in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Consistent with previous advice, it is a matter for each Parliamentarian to make decisions regarding the running of their respective electorate offices, taking into account the health and safety obligations of staff, volunteers and members of the public.
 
As previously noted in Circular 2020/06 this includes educating staff on best practice to minimise the spread of infection, self-isolation requirements and following the Department of Health  and your state or territory health advice.
 
COVID-19 Safe Return to the Office Plan
 
The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) has published an online tool to help you develop a COVIDSafe plan to keep your workplace safe in the weeks and months ahead.
 
Safe Work Australia and the Department of Health have a range of resources including checklists, factsheets, posters and signage.
 

It’s important to consult and communicate with your employees, ensuring decisions are flexible and consider the needs of vulnerable people. Employees are encouraged to speak with their managers if their circumstances require additional support.
 
Health and Wellbeing
 
Supporting and maintaining your mental health continues to be a high priority. In addition to the information already provided on the COVID-19 page on the MaPS website, we have established a page dedicated to your Work Health Safety and Wellbeing during COVID-19 to provide you support during this time.
The page includes information on:

  • EAP Services
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Working from Home (including an updated checklist)
  • Ergonomic Workplace Assessments
  • Flu Vaccinations

Obligations as a worker during this time
As a worker you have an obligation to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and the health and safety of others. This responsibility includes:

  • not attending the workplace if you have any cold or flu like symptoms
  • informing your employer and MaPS if you believe you have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, who is being tested for COVID-19  or if you have been tested for COVID-19 yourself
  • informing your employer and MaPS if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

This notification will allow your employer to support you and potentially protect other staff in the workplace if required.
The COVID safe App
The Australian Government has developed a new COVID-19 related App. The COVIDSafe app has been designed to speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Contacting MaPS

If you have any questions you should call the MaPS help desk.  Where possible, enquiries regarding staffing matters or questions about work expenses should be emailed to mpshelp@finance.gov.au.

Last updated: 27 May 2020