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Any part of Australia could come under threat from bushfire.  Employers should be aware of their obligations and their employee’s entitlements during a bushfire season.

This summary outlines:

  • standing down of employees due to threat of a bushfire;
  • taking of leave as a result of a bushfire; and
  • who can access community service leave during a bushfire season.

Assistance for those affected by bushfires

The following links may be useful for businesses and their employees affected by bushfires:

Of course, members and their employees can also speak with their EAP if one is in place. 

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Date Update
07/01/2020 This template has been updated to include links to government assistance and support networks for businesses and employees affected by recent bushfires.
28/11/2019 This template has undergone a periodic review. No significant changes have been made.



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