QLD Nurses may be entitled to paid pandemic leave depending on your employer and agreement.
For Qld Health public sector employees
Directive 01/20: Employment Arrangements in the Event of a Health Pandemic provides for additional pandemic leave entitlements for public service employees as defined under section 9 of the Public Service Act 2008, where sick leave entitlements have been exhausted.
Employees should discuss the appropriate leave arrangements with their manager or agency HR.
What leave arrangements are available if an employee’s family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
If an employee is required to provide care or support for a member of their immediate family or household, they may access carer’s leave debited from their existing sick leave balances in line with their industrial entitlements and where relevant, the applicable human resource policies of their agency.
In circumstances where an employee has exhausted their entitlement to paid sick leave, Directive 01/20: Employment Arrangements in the Event of a Health Pandemic provides for additional pandemic leave entitlements for public service employees as defined under section 9 of the Public Service Act 2008.
Further information is available at
For Private Health employees
On 29 July 2020, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) issued determinations varying the Aged Care Award, the Nurses Award and the Health Services Award. The determinations insert a temporary new Schedule Y, which applies from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2020 until 29 October 2020.
However, paid pandemic leave in the Aged Care Award, Nurses Award and Health Services Award doesn’t apply to employees covered by an enterprise agreement.
Further information is available at https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws/temporary-changes-to-workplace-laws-during-coronavirus/paid-pandemic-leave-in-some-awards
If you or your family is impacted by COVID-19 and you require assistance with your leave entitlements please contact the NPAQ Support Team. We are here to help you.