A: The Federal Government's current policy, outlines that all overseas travellers returning to Australia will have to be quarantined for a period of 14 days at a location determined by the Government.
The South Australian Government maintains a list of current travel restrictions on its website available here.
Requirements to self isolate depend on which state or territory you are entering from, and whether you are considered an essential traveller.
There are very limited exceptions for essential travellers entering or returning to South Australia.
Employees should contact their employer immediately if they are unable to attend work because they have returned from overseas or interstate and are required to enter quarantine or to self-isolate.
In the first instance, we would encourage members to discuss working from home options with their manager. If working from home is not practicable, then members can apply to use any paid leave entitlements they may have accrued.
If an employee cannot work because they are subject to a government order requiring them to self-quarantine, the employee is not ordinarily entitled to be paid (unless they use leave entitlements). In this case, their inability to work is because of a government order, not because of their employer. Members should consider whether their entitlements may be impacted by any applicable enterprise agreement, employment contract or workplace policies, which may be more generous.
The ANMF, along with the Australian Council of Trade Unions, are calling on the Federal Government to provide financial support for all workers impacted by COVID-19.