Message to Whizdom Contractors Regarding Covid-19 Virus
Whizdom have an obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to provide a safe workplace for their staff adn for others who interact with that business or worplace.
Whizdom would like to provide assurance to our contractors that we are prepared should the local impacts of Covid-19 change. Our aim is that support for our contractors continues to be provided with no, or minimal, disruption.
Whizdom have a business continuity plan in place to ensure our contractors needs will be addressed, and our operations continue to be provided with no, or minimal, disruption.
Whizdom will be taking our guidance from World Health Organisation, Australian, ACT Government and the Fair Work Ombudsman. This webpage will be updated as further instructions are released from these Organisations and Government Departments.
Lockdown Resrictions ACT - August 2021
The lockdown restrictions came into effect from 5:00pm 12 August 2021, for 7 days. These restrictions are to help slow the spread of the virus and allow contact tracers to do their work. As per the ACT Gov website, the six essential reasons you can leave your home during this lockdown are:
to buy essential groceries and medicine
to access essential healthcare including in-home care
for essential work
to exercise outdoors for one hour per day in your region
to get a COVID-19 test
to get a COVID-19 vaccinated.
*Read the latest on COVID-19 rules and restrictions for ACT
Change to Working Conditions
If your working conditions change or you have been requested by the client or Agency to work from home or a remote location, it is your responsibility to advise Whizdom as soon as possible via along with the written directions and communication you have received from the client or Agency.
What are the rules about NSW/ACT border residents entering the ACT?
*Information as at 20/08/2021
I live in NSW, can I come to work in the ACT?
Yes, if you live in an and are an essential worker
I don't live in an approved postcode, can I come to work inthe ACT?
Yes, if you don’t live in an and you are an essential worker in healthcare, government, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure, education, and members of parliament and staff.
No, if you are not an essential worker.
Do I need an exemption to enter the ACT for work?
Do I need to fill in a declaration to go back home to NSW from work in the ACT?
Yes, essential workers from the will need to fill in a NSW Government online declaration form to be able to enter NSW from the ACT. You must complete the NSW entry declaration form within the 24 hour period before you enter NSW or on entry. You are only required to complete a declaration form once every 72 hours.
Working from Home Work Health & Safety
A client or Agency may request contractors who can perform their roles from home and have the appropriate IT access conduct their role from home. Once Whizdom have received confirmation from both contractor and client, we will provide you with a link to WorkPro ‘Working from Home Safely’ module, a safety ‘checklist’ and the ‘Privacy’ module.
These modules are designed and built by our workforce compliance partner, WorkPro for the impacts of Covid-19. These modules are used to ensure that all staff regardless of whether they have agreed to regular working from home arrangements already or are directed to work from home for a limited period for any reason, remain safe and healthy.
If the client or Agency is directed to close to protect the health and safety of the workforce or customers (and your role can not be performed from home) a stand down period without pay may be implemented. This will always be dealt with based on the individual circumstances of the area and direction of the client or Agency. We would expect for contractors the default position is if you are not working, you will not be paid unless advised otherwise by the client or Agency.
We encourage you to have discussions with the client or Agency regarding the possible length of the stand down period and if different conditions for contractors apply in these circumstances, as further information is released from Government Departments.
Continuing to Work Onsite
Contractors working onsite are to observe the reasonable instructions for health and hygiene of the location. The situation is changing rapidly so it is best to stay up to date regarding the hygiene and health standards, please refer Department of Health website for guidance. It is your responsibility to inform Whizdom and the Client or Agency immediately if:
a) You have tested positive for Covid-19
b) Practising self-isolation or have been exposed to a potential case
c) Undertaken any recent international travel
Timesheets and Payment of Wages
Whizdom have the technology and capability to work remotely and we have the business continuity planning in place to ensure our contractors needs will be addressed.
If you are required to work from home and do not have access to the client’s timesheet/payment system we are able to provide a timesheet and work with you and client on best practice procedures for approval of timesheets and invoices. It is still important and legal requirement to maintain accurate records as required and deemed by clients.
Stay at Home
Please stay at home and do not attend the worksite or any external meetings if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, instead seek medical attention as recommended by the You must also stay at home if you have been around anyone that is showing symptoms of COVID-19.
How to protect yourself and others
Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus from spreading. For more information on what you can do to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in Australia, please refer to the website for guides and advice on:
- Good hygiene
- Social distancing
Employee Assistance Program (AccessEAP)- Look out for yourself and others during these difficult times
Free Flu Vaccinations - Still Available
Whizdom are offering free flu vaccinations to employees and contractors and they are still available at Kaleen (Gwydir Square). The Pharmacist has advised the medical advice is to get one injection March and another in August as the current flu vaccine gives approximately four months protection.
Once we have an indication of numbers, we will come back to those who have expressed an interest with the dates the vaccine is available. If you have missed the cut off date, please advise if you would like to take the offer up in August.