The Australian Government is providing a range of measures to support Australians through this challenging time.
On this page:
You can find the latest news, updates and advice on COVID-19 from the Australian Government on the Australia.gov.au website.
Support for people who have lost their job
There are different forms of support available for people who lose their job because of the impacts of COVID-19.
For help and services for individuals financially affected by COVID-19, including information on Centrelink payments and support, visit the Services Australia website.
Information for job seekers
Stay up to date with the latest information and advice for job seekers on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s COVID-19 page. Information is available on changes to mutual obligation requirements and what to do if you’re required to self-isolate.
Changes to Australian workplace laws
If your workplace has been impacted by COVID-19, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has information about your workplace rights and obligations at COVID-19 and Australian workplace laws.
A number of temporary changes have been introduced due to COVID-19 including:
- JobKeeper – changes to the Fair Work Act to support the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme
- temporary award changes – allowing for temporary workplace flexibility in some awards
- pandemic leave – unpaid and paid pandemic leave (including worker and disaster payments) during COVID-19
- workplace rights and entitlements for visa holders and migrant workers.
We encourage you to regularly check the Fair Work Ombudsman website for up to date information.
Looking after your mental health
Prioritising your mental health is important in difficult times.
If you are feeling worried or anxious about COVID-19 there are steps you can take.
Find out more on Head to Health's support page.
State and territory responses
You can stay informed on the latest health advice and COVID-19 related support available in your state or territory by accessing the relevant government website. You can find information on support available to businesses, financial support and job opportunities for individuals and advice on health and wellbeing.