Skip links and keyboard navigation

    Media Statements

    Coat of ArmsMedia Release
    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Statement from IR Minister Grace Grace

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Friday, July 13, 2018

    Statement from IR Minister Grace Grace

    Today’s story about leave arrangements is grossly misleading.

    This is not a new directive – it’s been in place since 2009 in response to the global swine flu pandemic at the time.

    Thankfully, these arrangements were not used then and they have not been needed since.

    A pandemic is a serious outbreak of an infectious disease, which is only activated during a Public Health Emergency declaration under the Public Health Act 2005.

    New South Wales has similar leave arrangements and the same leave arrangements were in place in Queensland when Jarrod Bleijie was the IR Minister.