Temporary flexibility in the Clerks Award extended again

Article by Fair Work Ombudsman


The Fair Work Commission has extended Schedule I in the Clerks Award again.

Schedule I provides award flexibility to help workplaces manage the impact of coronavirus and now applies until 29 March 2021.


What is Schedule I?

Schedule I is a temporary schedule in the Clerks Award that provides extra award flexibility during the impact of coronavirus. It provides flexibility for:

  • full-time and part-time employees’ hours of work
  • annual leave.

The Schedule was added to the award on 28 March 2020 and was initially due to stop operating on 30 June 2020. It now applies until 29 March 2021 and includes:

  • conditions around giving employees directions under Schedule I
  • span of hours changes while working at home
  • change to hours of work for full-time and part-time employees
  • extra safeguards around requests to take annual leave.

Read our updated information at Clerks Award flexibility during coronavirus.


Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

If your workplace has been impacted by coronavirus, we have information about your workplace rights and obligations. This includes:

  • the extended JobKeeper scheme
  • returning to work and the workplace
  • alternative working arrangements
  • workplace health and safety
  • pay and leave entitlements

Go to Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.