The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) issued two circulars on 12 March 2020 in relation to COVID–19:
• C2020-01 relates to employment arrangements in relation to COVID-19. Circular C2020-01 provides guidance on sick leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, and arrangements for employees who are excluded from the workplace or who are unable to attend work for other reasons. The circular is available here.
• C2020-02 provides advice on international and domestic travel and transport in relation to COVID-19. The circular suggests that all proposed domestic and international travel should be re-evaluated based on the advice available at www.smartraveller.gov.au and that international and domestic travel should be restricted to essential travel only. The circular is available here.
All NSW public sector agencies must read and apply the stipulations set out in both Circulars.
Contrary to the advice contained in each circular, according to the NSW Office of Local Government, councils are not required to comply with them. However, councils are encouraged to consider the guidance provided in each circular and to take their own steps to implement that guidance where practicable.