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Changes to COVID-19 Notification Requirements for Employers

1 December 2022

Comcare has updated its notification requirements for COVID-19 cases in workplaces.

The change responds to the National Cabinet decision to remove COVID-19 isolation periods, and the winding back or removal of restrictions by state and territory governments.

These new requirements align to the notification provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and more closely reflect current arrangements across state and territory WHS regulators.

From today, Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) must notify Comcare of any COVID-19 case that arises from the business or undertaking of the employer, and:

  • the worker dies or
  • the worker requires immediate treatment as an in-patient in hospital or
  • meets the prescribed serious illnesses under section 36 of the WHS Act 2011 or a prescribed serious illness under regulation 699 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Notification allows Comcare to consider and address risks to health and safety arising from work. Comcare will assess each notification and determine whether regulatory action is required on a case-by-case basis.

There may be further changes to notification requirements based on health advice and other factors as the situation continues to evolve.

Extensive resources on managing safe and healthy work during COVID-19 are available on our dedicated webpage.

Page last reviewed: 01 December 2022

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