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Changes to isolation rules to further alleviate acute staff shortages

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

Wednesday, August 31, 2022



Changes to isolation requirements announced at National Cabinet today will ease the crippling workforce shortages that are hampering business and risking our post-pandemic recovery.

“Reducing isolation rules from seven to five days for those without symptoms will be critical in further alleviating the acute workforce shortages across the economy,” ACCI chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

“With businesses recording worsening staff absences, this change will enable more employees to return to work earlier, ensuring businesses can keep their doors open and keep the economy moving.

“While the gradual easing of COVID-19 isolation requirements has helped ameliorate staff absenteeism, workforce shortages continue to place a significant burden on business.

“Workers who are not symptomatic and are not in high-risk industries will be allowed to return to the workplace after five days, acting to relieve the labour and supply chain pressures that tens of thousands of businesses are confronting right now.

“Changes to mask wearing rules on flights for domestic travellers is also a positive step. Removing the mandate will offer a much better flight experience, noting that travellers can still wear a mask if they choose to.

“It’s important that these changes are consistent and that mask wearing requirements are clarified. Businesses must also ensure that their COVIDSafe plans factor in these changes.

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