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To support employees receiving a vaccination, DCJ will provide:
Managers will consider reasonable business needs when assessing applications to attend vaccination appointments to ensure frontline service delivery is maintained.
If you have an adverse reaction after getting the vaccination, you can access your paid sick leave entitlements. If your sick leave is exhausted, special sick leave may be granted on a case by case basis.
The application of the leave can’t be retrospective applied if you have already received the vaccination.
The information below and the NSW Government’s circular on Employee Arrangements during COVID-19 (16 July 2021) provide guidance on leave entitlements.
During the coronavirus pandemic employees may be unable to work and need to access leave. For example, employees may need to access leave if they:
All leave is paid on a pro rata basis.
Where employees are working from home with children undertaking remote learning, it is expected employees can balance caring responsibilities with their ability to undertake productive work. If this is not possible, standard leave entitlements apply. Paid special leave will only apply if schools are officially closed to all students.
DCJ supports flexible working, please speak with your manager about working flexibly around your caring responsibilities.
Where employees are working from home whilst providing care to a family member (including children undertaking remote learning), it is expected employees can balance caring responsibilities with their ability to undertake productive work. If this is not possible, other leave provisions will apply in accordance with the NSW Government circular: Employee Arrangements during COVID-19.
If working from home, usual payment arrangements and conditions apply.
Where an employee is not sick but is directed not to attend the workplace due to isolation requirements, managers should work with employees to identify work from home opportunities during the quarantine period.
Where work is unable to be provided to these employees, they are to be paid as normal and placed on paid special leave for up to 20 days. The 20 days are paid on a pro rata basis. Amendments are currently being made to our pay systems to enable staff to select ‘special leave’ for various reasons related to COVID-19. In the interim, please select the generic ‘special leave’ option.
Where the workplace is closed, flexible work arrangements should be considered either at home or from another office location.
Where work is unable to be provided to these employees, they are to be paid as normal and placed on paid special leave. Amendments are currently being made to our pay systems to enable staff to select ‘special leave’ for various reasons related to COVID-19. In the interim and only where there is no work available staff should remain on pay and do not enter leave.
Where employees who are not directly involved in the pandemic response cannot be gainfully employed at their normal place of work, remotely from home, or at another office, such employees, where feasible and appropriate, may be temporarily assigned to work in another role within the same agency or in another government agency pursuant to relevant legislative provisions.
For an employee who is unwell, sick leave applies.
Staff who are unwell should comply with health and medical advice, including advice that they should not attend the workplace. The latest information about self-isolation and quarantine requirements is available from the NSW Health website and the Australian Health website.
If sick leave is exhausted, special sick leave may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Current advice from the Australian Government is that people who are at greater risk of more serious illness from COVID-19 are:
More information about leave entitlements for staff who are at higher risk, as well as information for pregnant staff, is available on the intranet.
Please visit either:
Up to 20 days paid special leave will be provided where someone is required to isolate and/or are unable to work because they are:
Where an employee has exhausted their 20 day allocation of special leave, Directors may approve additional special leave on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the personal circumstances of the employee and the reasons that additional special leave has been requested.
Employees who have used all their special leave (20 days and/or where additional leave has been granted), may access accrued leave entitlements, including sick, annual, family and community services leave, extended/long service leave.
Casual employees may be entitled to up to 20 days special leave if they are absent from the workplace as result of COVID- 19. This is the same entitlement as ongoing staff. All payments will be issued pro rata and at the base rate of pay, that is, it will be paid at the Monday to Friday day shift rate.
NSW Government has passed amendments to the Long Service Leave Act 1995. Please note that this only applies to casual employees within DCJ.
The key amendments are:
The legislation will have effect for six months from 24 March 2020, with the possibility of an extension to one year.
NSW Government has passed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key amendments are:
The amendments cover workers in prescribed employment categories, including:
Casual workers in prescribed employment are also covered if they have worked one or more of the 21 days prior to the date they contracted the virus.
International arrivals are no longer required to quarantine in a hotel and are instead directed to head straight home from the point of arrival and take a rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until a negative result is obtained.
Unless approved to do so, DCJ staff who are international arrivals must not visit high risk settings, this includes aged care, disability care, healthcare and correctional facilities, for at least 7 days after arrival in NSW.
Further information is available on the NSW Health guidelines for international arrivals.
Leave entitlements information is guided by the NSW Government Circular: Employee Arrangements during COVID-19.
For more information about staff leave entitlements, please speak to your manager or HR Business Partner.
30 Jun 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.