Help and support for healthcare workers - coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support for healthcare workers, including advice
on self-isolation, quarantine and emergency accommodation

Getting tested as a healthcare or aged care worker

If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested. When you get tested you should tell the person taking your test that you are a healthcare or aged care worker to ensure your test results are given priority.

When do I have to quarantine
or self-isolate?

You must quarantine for 14 days if you have come into close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), you are required to self-isolate.

Emergency accommodation for healthcare workers

Frontline worker accommodation (formerly known as Hotels for Heroes) is for workers leading the public health and safety response to coronavirus (COVID-19) who need support to quarantine or isolate safely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health workforce response

Expressions of interest are sought for all clinical skillsets – doctors (general, limited and specialist registrants), nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (therapies and sciences) and paramedics.

   If your job has been affected
   by coronavirus


Help you can get if you have lost your job or had your work hours changed because of COVID-19 :

Know your rights at work.
Upskilling and retraining
Finding a job.
Get mental health support

Ways companies can support their workers during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has forced tens of millions of employees across the world to work from home and poses significant challenges for employees’ well-being.

Here are three research-backed ways we believe companies can promote employees’ health and well-being during this crisis.

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Provide more flexibility.

A good step is for companies to require managers to have open conversations with their employees about how and when work can be accomplished.

Train for online collaboration

To address this, companies can offer web-based sessions on the most effective ways to work online. During these sessions, leaders can establish ground rules for the use of collaborative technology.

Encourage and host virtual social time

Employers should encourage their workers to find time to have virtual coffees, lunches or even happy hours with their colleagues. And managers could continue to mark birthdays or other milestones with video conference calls and other methods.


We understand that this is a challenging time for apprentices and trainees, with many businesses being impacted by COVID-19 and we want to support you so that you can stay in work and continue your training. Please follow the links to find out more.


If your training contract has been cancelled or suspended by your employer due to the impact of COVID-19, you can still continue off the job training with your TAFE college or registered training organisation with no fees.

Off the job training can continue for up to six months following the cancellation of suspension of your training contract while you’re waiting until the situation improves and you can return to work, or looking for a new employer.


To assist apprentices and trainees who have recently fallen out of their training contract, a free Out of Contract Register is now available which provides a list of out of contract apprentices and trainees in South Africa.

The register is also provided to Health Jobs and Skills Centres, South African Apprenticeship Support Network (SAASN) providers and group training organisations who work with employers.