COVID-19 update – ACT lockdown

Date published
12 August 2021
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As advised by the ACT Chief Minister, the ACT will enter a lockdown from 5pm, 12 August 2021.

Persons in the ACT have been asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons. This includes safety, essential work, medical treatment (including vaccinations), exercise and essential supplies. Masks are required in public places.

MaPS has implemented our established business continuity plans to ensure that we can continue to provide advice, support and services to you throughout the lockdown, including payroll and Help Desk. Advice on COMCAR services will follow shortly.

Please note there may be some minor delays in reaching telephone support or MaPS responding to an issue. We thank you for your patience.

You can always email mpshelp@finance.gov.au and we will respond as soon as possible.

Provisions were established last year to allow parliamentarians to support their staff to work flexibly in response to COVID-19. These arrangements continue to operate and are outlined here. Comcare has updated advice and information on COVID-19 including support for those working from home.

The Employee Assistance Program is available to you and your family 24/7 for free, confidential counselling with professional psychologists. Contact Assure Services on 1800 945 145, online at EAP Appointment Request or email info@assureprograms.com.au to book an appointment.

If you have any symptoms, get tested. As part of your responsibilities under WHS legislation, you have an obligation to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and the health and safety of others. This includes 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.

Please keep up to date on the on the latest response to the coronavirus in your state or territory, or any state or territories you travel to, on Australia.gov.au.

Further information is available on the COVID-19 page on the MaPS website, including a page dedicated to your work health safety and wellbeing during COVID-19.

The dedicated Parliamentary Support Line, 1800 APH SPT (1800 274 778) is available for current and former MOP(S) Act employees, their families, friends and colleagues, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The service is free, anonymous, independent and confidential, and can provide information, counselling and referrals in response to sexual violence, assault, sexual harassment or serious incidents in the workplace.