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Pandemic Leave | Schedule X | 2022

Published January 11, 2022 (last updated February 9, 2023) - Face2Face Field Service Manager

Pandemic leave helps employees take time to isolate, test, and recover from Covid-19. Certain modern awards contain schedule X, which means they can access up to 2 weeks unpaid leave.

What Is Schedule X?

Put simply, it’s a way for employees to access up to two weeks of unpaid leave as a response to the effects of Covid-19 if required.

In December 2021, the Fair Work Commission decided to extend the unpaid pandemic leave provision of Schedule X, these measures were designed to ease leave issues during the COVID-19 pandemic in 73 awards, and have now been extended until 30 June 2022. 

What Reasons Can Your Employee Access This Leave?

If your employee who can’t work due to:

  • Needing to attend a PCR test centre or find a RAT test
  • Isolating due to symptoms
  • Requiring to isolate due to contact concerns
  • Waiting on test results 
  • Having a positive infection

Which Types of Employment Are Covered?

Any employees under the awards on our list are covered, including full time, part time, and casual employees. Is it not pro- rata. All employees are entitled to the 2 weeks unpaid leave.

Which Awards Contain Schedule X?

Modern Awards containing Schedule X until 30 June 2022

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award

Labour Market Assistance Industry Award

Aged Care Industry Award

Legal Services Award

Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award

Local Government Industry Award

Airport Employees Award

Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award

Alpine Resorts Award

Meat Industry Award

Aluminium Industry Award

Medical Practitioners Award

Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award

Mobile Crane Award

Amusement, Events and Recreation Award

Nursery Award

Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award

Nurses Award

Aquaculture Industry Award

Pastoral Award

Architects Award

Pest Control Industry Award

Asphalt Industry Award

Pharmaceutical Industry Award

Banking, Finance and Insurance Award

Pharmacy Industry Award

Building and Construction General On-Site Award

Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award

Business Equipment Award

Poultry Processing Award

Car Parking Award

Premixed Concrete Award

Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award

Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award

Cemetery Industry Award

Professional Employees Award

Children’s Services Award

Racing Clubs Events Award

Cleaning Services Award

Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award

Contract Call Centres Award

Registered and Licenced Clubs Award

List Of Awards Previously Containing Schedule X- Now Expired

Past Schedule X And Expiry Date

Air Pilots Award

29 March 2021

Aircraft Cabin Crew Award

30 June 2020

Book Industry Award

30 June 2020

Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award

29 March 2021

Clerks – Private Sector Award

30 June 2020

Commercial Sales Award

29 March 2021

Concrete Products Award

30 June 2020

Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award

30 June 2020

Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award

29 March 2021

Educational Services (Teachers) Award

30 June 2020

Higher Education Industry – Academic Staff – Award

30 June 2020

List Of Awards Previously Containing Schedule Y – Now Expired

Modern Award

Schedule Y Expiry date

Aged Care Industry Award

29 March 2021

Health Professionals and Support Services Award

29 March 2021

Nurses Award

29 March 2021

If you have any questions about pandemic leave, please call our 24/7 initial advice line.

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