A. The entitlements you can use will depend on when you made your travel plans and the date you returned from overseas.
The Federal Government released a new policy, outlining that all overseas travellers returning to Australia from midnight Sunday 15 March 2020 will have to isolate for a period of 14 days.
On 18 March 2020, the South Australian Commissioner for Public Sector Employment issued a new determination: 3.1 Employment Conditions - Hours of Work, Overtime, and Leave: Supplementary Provisions for COVID-19. Click here to access the Determination
The Determination provides that for staff returning from overseas and required to self-isolate, the period of self-isolation will be deemed as Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19 if your travel arrangements were made prior to the Government’s directive.
From Sunday 15 March, staff electing to travel overseas for personal reasons will need to factor in the isolation period as part of any leave plans. If you choose to travel, the isolation period will not be considered as Special Leave with Pay for COVID-19, rather it will be deemed either Annual/Long Service or Leave without Pay. Staff must discuss travel arrangements with local management prior to any such travel being taken to understand any travel implications and associated return to work.
To keep up to date with the latest updates Government policies regarding overseas travel and self-isolation visit the Smart Traveller website.