New South Wales Public Service employees will transition to their pre-pandemic workplaces in the coming weeks, Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced.
Department managers will be responsible for ensuring staff follow a COVID-19 Safety Plan and utilise flexible rostering arrangements, such as staggered start and finish times, Berejiklian said on Sunday.
Staff will also be encouraged to travel outside of peak times and to wear a mask where social distancing isn’t possible.
The number of public servants returning to their usual workplaces will differ depending on the office spaces available, as arrangements for returning to work must comply with the public health orders. Under the current rules, employers must allow staff to work from home if reasonably practicable, and offices must adopt the 4 square metre rule.
Berejiklian said that while the health and safety of the public has been her government’s “number one priority”, it now wants to boost the economy.
“We are now encouraging public servants to physically return to work in their offices in a COVID Safe way, which will help stimulate city-based businesses and create more jobs across the state,” she said.
“The government will continue to review health advice and aim to ensure we keep people safe and at the same time allow them to return to their normal lives as much as possible.”
Berejiklian flagged that she was planning for government employees to return to their workplaces last week, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for Australian Public Service staff to support their CBD economies and the Australian Public Service Commission issued a circular on returning to work.