Drake International are monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and are working through what that means for our business in this ever-changing landscape. The health and safety of our employees, as well as our casuals, clients and candidates is of the utmost importance to us, so we need to ensure that precautionary measures are taken.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call your nearest Drake branch on 13 14 48.

 

What protective measures can you take to prevent possible contraction of COVID-19?

The guidelines provided on the World Health Organisation can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

Summary

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

 

 


If you have any questions, please feel free to call your nearest Drake branch directly.

 

Are you a Drake International temporary worker currently on an assignment?

 

FAQ

 

Virus Exposure

What if I test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Do not report to work if you are on an assignment or a project. Call your local Drake Branch immediately and let us know you have tested positive for COVID-19. Your recruitment consultant will communicate with the client directly. For more information and resources, visit https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

What if I may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

Please contact your local Drake office immediately on 13 14 48 and tell your recruitment consultant that you believe you've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.   Drake will advise to self-quarantine immediately. Drake will inform the client immediately.  Drake will inform every other casual worker on site and advise to self-quarantine until further notice. The casual should not attend the Drake offices or client sites until their self-isolation period is over and have not developed any symptoms.

Client Closures

What if the client's worksite where I work closes?

Contact your local Drake office or recruitment consultant right away and let them know the client has decided to close their workplace for a period of time. Your recruitment consultant will work with the client to determine if your work can be done remotely and if you can do so. If remote working is not possible, your assignment or project may end; often this is at the client's discretion. We will work with you to try and find another assignment or project, based on our clients’ work requirements and your availability. It is important to stay in contact with your local Drake office and inform them of your availability.

Do any of your clients have work from home options?

Available jobs or placements will vary according to branch. Please speak with your local Drake office.

Pay and Benefits Access

Will I get paid if I am at home sick?

Casuals previously were also entitled to the Sickness Allowance under Centrelink if they were ill or forced to isolate due to Coronavirus but this ceased on 20 March 2020.   Sickness Allowance has now been replaced by Jobseeker Allowance.  This applies to casual employees who are unable to attend work due to Coronavirus.   

 

CLICK HERE for information about Government Assistance for Casual Employees.

What if I've taken a personal trip or vacation and travelled to or from another country, should I inform Drake or the client?

If you've recently travelled anywhere outside of Australia, contact your Drake office or recruitment consultant immediately. You will not be able to return to work and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The company that I am on assignment with may be closing its doors for an extended period of time due to COVID-19. How will my pay be affected?

If the company you are assigned to closes its business, your assignment will cease. Contact your Drake office for other work opportunities.

I am in self-isolation for 14 days due to travel/coming into contact with someone who has travelled. How will my pay be affected?

Depending on whether your job allows you to work remotely, this situation will impact your pay. Casuals previously were entitled to the Sickness Allowance under Centrelink if they were ill or forced to isolate due to Coronavirus but this ceased on 20 March 2020.   Sickness Allowance has now been replaced by Jobseeker Allowance.  This applies to casual employees who are unable to attend work due to Coronavirus.   

CLICK HERE for information about Government Assistance for Casual Employees.

 

I have contracted COVID-19 and cannot return to work. How will my pay be affected?

Casuals previously were also entitled to the Sickness Allowance under Centrelink if they were ill or forced to isolate due to Coronavirus but this ceased on 20 March 2020.   Sickness Allowance has now been replaced by Jobseeker Allowance.  This applies to casual employees who are unable to attend work due to Coronavirus.   

CLICK HERE for information about Government Assistance for Casual Employees.

If the government decides to shut down my town or due to the Coronavirus will I still get paid by Drake International?

We will work with you to try and find another assignment or project, based on our clients’ work requirements and your availability.

Can staff be required to attend work even if they would prefer to work from home?

Casuals can work at their discretion. If a staff member has accepted shifts from Drake, however, then they are required to attend unless they can show evidence of being ill or unless they’re on unpaid carer’s leave tending to a sick family member.