Reporting industry shutdown days on WDWs
September 2021 was a challenging month for the construction industry in Victoria due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant. Despite the best efforts of the industry, the state government imposed a ban on all construction work for a period of two weeks starting Monday 20 September in an effort to stop the spread.
Many employers had to move quickly to try and react to the fast-moving situation. This resulted in different approaches from various business with regards to paying their workers.
Naturally, this means that some employers have been unsure about how to report the service of their workers for this period on their quarterly Workers Days and Wages (WDW) return. In this post we have tried to provide a transparent guide to understand how you should report the service of your workers to CoINVEST for this period:
- If the worker was on paid leave during the shutdown period, you must report the days and wages of that leave in the normal days and wages column of the WDW.
- If the worker was on unpaid leave during the shutdown period, there is no service to be reported for those days.
- If the worker was on unpaid sick leave or WorkCover during the shutdown period, you must report those days in the ‘WorkCover/Unpaid Sick Leave’ column of the WDW (no wage details required).
For more information about what type of information you need to include on your quarterly Workers Days and Wages form, visit out WDW Help page.