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Communicable diseases leave (CDL) provisions are different in each award.  

We are informed that COVID has been declared a communicable disease.  

TEACHERS AWARD  

Employees in schools who contract a declared communicable disease or illness, including COVID are required to absent yourself from duty, if diagnosed with a declared communicable disease or illness, including COVID.  

NON-RELIEF TEACHERS  

The Teaching Service (Tasmanian Public Sector) Award gives you a right to communicable diseases leave. Which is additional to any other leave entitlements.  

You should apply for communicable diseases leave with a medical certificate that identifies the disease/illness, clearly identifying that it is an application for communicable diseases leave.  

We recommend that you seek this certificate from a GP as soon as you are diagnosed.     

We realise that this will be difficult and may not be possible in some cases.    

The best course may be to seek a telehealth appointment and before it email your test result to the GP and explain why you need a certificate. We note that the Department of Educations (DoE) decision to remove the need for medical certificates if sick due to COVID does not extend to a request for CDL at this point.  

RELIEF TEACHERS  

Have no entitlement to communicable diseases leave.  However, you are required to absent yourself from duty, if diagnosed with a declared communicable disease or illness, including COVID.  

You may be eligible for COVID-19 Special Leave. Please refer to our COVID-19 Leave Fact Sheet

STATE SERVICE AWARD  

SUPPORT STAFF, VET STUDENT ASSISTANTS, PARTICIPATION ASSISTANTS AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITHIN SCHOOLS WITHIN DOE  

We are informed that COVID has been declared a communicable disease.   

You are required to absent yourself from duty if diagnosed with COVID.  

The Tasmanian State Service Award gives you a right to request communicable diseases leave.  Which is additional to any other leave entitlements.  

The Award requires DoE to “determine the period for which an employee who has contracted such a disease is required to be absent from duty”.  DoE has declared that if you return a positive RAT or PCR test, you must isolate for seven days from when the test was taken. If after seven days you have remaining symptoms, isolation must continue for a further three days, up to ten days. Once you have been released from isolation by Public Health, you are able to return to work.  

You should apply for communicable diseases leave with a medical certificate that certifies that you have contracted a specified communicable disease, and requests that you be granted leave of absence.    

We recommend that you seek this certificate from a GP as soon as you are diagnosed.   We realise that this will be difficult and may not be possible in some cases.  The best course may be to seek a telehealth appointment and before it email your test result to the GP and explain why you need a certificate. We note that DoE’s decision to remove the need for medical certificates if sick due to COVID does not extend to a request for CDL at this point.  

Please also refer to our COVID-19 Leave Fact Sheet

Do not hesitate to contact your organiser or MSC for support if you have any issues with getting Communicable Diseases Leave or require other leave. 

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