Returning to workplaces in a COVID-Safe way
The information on this page is designed to support staff who are returning to DCJ workplaces. If your role is able to function under a flexible working arrangement, please consult with your manager on the best working arrangement for you, your team and our service users. Frontline staff should continue to follow working arrangements as set out by their manager and local leaders.
COVID-Safety in the workplace
Our COVID-Safe workplace guide outlines the simple steps for you to follow to help keep DCJ COVID-Safe.
Preparing to attend the workplace
Not feeling well? Stay away!
If you are feeling sick or showing any COVID-19 symptoms at all you must stay away from the workplace, including your normal workplace, another site, client visits or other outreach.
You must stay away from the workplace and self-isolate immediately if you have:
- had a COVID-19 test and are waiting for the results
- been otherwise instructed by NSW Health to self-isolate.
Taken a COVID-19 test? Stay away and tell your manager
If you have taken a COVID-19 test it is important that you tell your manager even if you haven’t recently been in the workplace. If your test result is positive your manager will need to report this to DCJ’s Manager Reporting Hotline (intranet page only viewable when logged into your network account), even if you haven’t been in the workplace. The Reporting Hotline is available Monday to Friday from 6am to 8pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 7pm. This service is available for non-custodial managers to report potential and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Corrective Services NSW and Youth Justice managers are advised to follow respective internal directions.
Book a desk before you attend the workplace
All staff must book a desk before attending the office. The desk booking process is in place to help track attendance for return to workplace purposes.
Staff with fixed desks do not need to use the booking tool but their manager needs to know when they are attending the workplace.
Keeping personal belongings sanitised
Before using personal belongings please wipe them and the desk down with the wipes provided. At the end of the day remember to wipe your desk and personal belongings down before storing them away.
Travelling for work
When attending your workplace or visiting another workplace, please help us keep DCJ COVID-Safe by following all requests and processes.
Travelling on public transport
When commuting on public transport, you must follow all requirements, including wearing a facemask when using public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. This includes when waiting for public transport at a bus or light rail stop, train station or ferry wharf. For the latest mask wearing advice, regularly check the NSW Health website.
Managers are encouraged to discuss with staff flexible work arrangements, including start and finish times where possible, to reduce the impact on public transport.
Managers or staff can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions about flexible work.
Travelling by car for work purposes
It is strongly recommended that all staff required to travel by car for work wear a face mask when travelling with others. When using fleet vehicles staff must clean the inside before and after use with the wipes provided. Please follow additional operational arrangements as set by your division for vehicle travel.
Regional travel for work purposes
Before travelling to regional areas for work please read our Regional travel for work (intranet page only viewable when logged into your network account).
In the workplace
Register your attendance
If directed by your manager, QR code check-in when entering a DCJ workplace. Highly controlled workplaces such as Correctional and Youth Justice centres and some courts may use other methods such as roster information.
Make sure you sit at the specific desk you prebooked. The desk booking system will be used to help us keep track of how office space is used.
Keep DCJ COVID-Safe. Use the four lines of defence
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 we ask that you practice the following four lines of defence when in DCJ workplaces:
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick or waiting on a COVID-19 test result.
- Practice regular hand hygiene by using the hand sanitiser, wipes, and soap available in the workplace. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Please do not remove these products from the workplace as they are for use by all.
- Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.
- Follow all facemask wearing advice as set out by your manager and divisional leader for your role. Please also read the NSW Health facemask rules page.
Find your nearest waste bin
To keep our workplaces COVID-Safe we have removed personal waste bins from each desk and installed additional bins in communal areas for general waste. At 6 Parramatta Square, these can be found in the kitchen and printing areas, and toilets on each level.
Moving bins from desks to communal areas also supports the NSW Government’s commitment of having a resource productive public sector with less impact on the environment as outlined in the NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy.
Using shared spaces and surfaces
When using shared spaces like meeting rooms, breakout areas and kitchens it is important that we keep them COVID-Safe. Play your part by:
- maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible
- wearing a mask if you wish to continue doing so
- wiping down items and surfaces with the wipes provided before and after use
- keeping our workplaces clutter-free by storing personal and shared items away correctly.
The following resources on the DCJ intranet are available to assist you:
- Guidance for face to face training and meetings (intranet page only viewable when logged into your network account)
- Guidance for preparing COVID-Safe workplace events (intranet page only viewable when logged into your network account).