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COVID-19 Daily Brief | 19 March 2020



On 18 March 2020 Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced additional measures the curb the spread of COVID-19. These measures included:

  • A limit of no more than 100 people for non-essential indoor gatherings
  • A limit of no more than 500 people for outdoor gatherings
  • Restrictions on visitors to aged care facilities
  • Recommendations to abandon international travel.

Schools will remain open for now.

The impact of COVID-19 is far reaching, particularly in the area of employment law. However, it appears that there won’t be any major changes with Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter ruling out introducing special sick leave for casual employees, saying it’s not the time for “wholesale structural change” to the IR system for one group of workers. Further, the Ai Group made a submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review that the timetable should be pushed back. Part of AI group’s submission was that COVID-19 has created exceptional circumstances which warrant delaying the operative date of any minimum wage increase by a fortnight to July 15. We will keep you informed about these changes.