REMINDER: COVID Leave/ sick leave


Some ASMOFmembers have beenasked to use their annual leave and ADOs when they have run out of sick leave or have been isolating with COVIDpositive children.

If you test positive for COVIDthen you are required to take sick leaveIf you have run out of paid sick leave you can apply for additional paid sick leave. Sick leave should be provided even if you have been employed for less than 3 months.

You should also request sick leaveif you are:

  • Self-isolating on special leave and becomes sick for any reason; at that point you should transition onto sick leave.
  • Symptomatic (including a temperature with/ without other symptoms) and requires testing for COVID-19. Sick leave is applicable for the period from where the staff member becomes symptomatic; through to testing and until a negative COVID-19 test result is received by the staff member, regardless of whether the staff member becomes asymptomatic during the period.


If you are not sick with COVID, but cannot work because you are:

  • Self-isolating in line with public health advice due to COVID-19 exposure
  • Caring for family members sick with COVID-19
  • Caring for family members due to closure of school/day-care
  • Unable to attend work due to transport disruptions or workplace closure
  • A vulnerable health worker who following completion of a risk assessment is unable to be redeployed to a lower COVID-19 risk environment and is unable to work from home or self-isolation.

you should claim COVID special leave. If you have exhausted your 20 days entitlement, you can apply for additional paid special leave which will be granted on a case by case basis.


Contact ASMOF if you are having issues obtaining special leave or sick leave!