ALPMA's response to COVID-19             Our Crisis Management Team 

Useful Links to Support Your Firm Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

We've collated resources that may be useful to you and your firms in difficult times. If there is anything else that you need support with please don't hesitate to get in contact and we will help source more resources for you and your firm.

COVID-19 Impact Survey Report - May 2020 - Australia

Webinars  View all webinars

We are adding more and more webinars so be sure to check in frequently to see what new topics are being added.


On-Demand Learning Content  View all On-Demand Content

Access all our On-Demand content.

Mental Health First Aid Training  View all workshop dates

Thanks to the support of legalsuper, ALPMA continues to offer Mental Health First Aid Australia’s training course that has been specifically tailored to legal workplaces.

This course is delivered online, combining an online (eLearning) component and 2 x 2.5 hour virtual training sessions that teach managers, supervisors and individuals how to assist a co-worker who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Long Term Strategies For Working From Home

Working from home: Tax Deductions [ATO]

Working from Home

Supporting staff working from home

WA Dept. Education. Educational Resources for Home Schooling: Kindergarten through Year 10


Return to the Office



Useful Links


New Zealand

Australian Economic Stimulus - Treasury Website

St.George Economic Updates

Downloadable pdf links:

Australian Taxation Office - Assistance for Business Fact Sheet

Ministry of Health COVID-19 hub

NZ Government COVID-19 Business Information hub

Contact tracing: business obligations

Workplace operations at different COVID-19 alert levels

Lockdown government support

Business Readiness Checklist

Employers Obligations

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand - Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Employment Law and Associated Resources

Employment Law Considerations

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA  - Work From Home Template Pack

Pack includes the following templates:

  • Ergonomic Assessment Self Check
  • IT Equipment Checkout Form
  • Managing Staff Working Remotely
  • How to Work Well From Home
  • Working From Home Checklist

It's important to note that the employers liability for an employees health and safety will extend into the home environment in cases whereby the employee is working from home.

As a minimum an employer should have employees complete an Ergonomic Assessment of their working environment, ideally by completing a checklist and returning a signed copy to the employer. Employers should also request a photo of the employees’ workstation so they are can ensure reasonable compliance by the employee. It is the employers responsibility to make any necessary adjustments.

It is also worth noting that the remote (or home) working environment is likely to be an extension of the employer’s physical office space and as such any injury sustained within the home office environment could fall under the employers workers compensation insurance policy. Employers should seek advice from their insurers on this matter, amend policies to include home office environments and look to implement, where possible, specific working hours with employees to reduce their exposure.

There is an Ergonomic Assessment checklist in the link above.

Employment Hero

  • Redundancy letter templates
  • Online Webinars
  • Various other Resources

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Fair Work Australia - COVID-19 Advice

Legal Services Award (March 2020)

There will likely be changes to the Legal Services Award resulting from the recent changes to the Clerks - Private Sector Award (Summary & Decision).

The Fair Work Commission proposes to vary 103 modern awards as a result. FWC application details can be viewed here. A summary of the proposed changes is below.

Proposed variation to 103 modern awards - Click to view

The timesheet requirements implemented in March 2020 remain unchanged for employees working from home. That is, any employees on the Legal Services Awards must still record their hours worked and submit a timesheet each week. Their start and finish times must also be recorded. For a summary of these changes members can access a suite of documents and guidance notes


 World Health Organisation

Australian State Government Websites/Updates


Legal Resources


COVID-19 Specific Page

Supervision of RP & PLT


WA Legal Practice BoardRP & PLT


Law Society of WA 


Legal Practitioners Education and Admissions Council (LPEAC) 



Law Society of SA

PLT Guidance 

RP Guidance 


Law Institute of Victoria 


Queensland Law Society 


Law Society of NSW 


Law Society of Tasmania

Firm Information



The Law Society of the ACT 


Law Society NT 


ALPMA Resources

Templates & Checklists

COVID-19: Return to the Office Checklist

ALPMA Guide to Online Meeting Etiquette

Pandemic Plan Template

Risk Register Template

Checklist for On Boarding an Employee into a Remote Working Environment

 Ideas for Managing Staff Remotely




Law Firms response to COVID-19

Remote Working: 8 Top Tips to implement remote working quickly and efficiently

Staying Mentally Healthy when Working from Home

Accessing super due to COVID-19 hardship by legalsuper


ALPMA Partner Resources  




ALPMA Partner Offers


Working From Home Furniture Packages


Mondi Paper Promotion


Working From Home Equiment and Supplies


Law Firm Resources

K&L Gates - Thought Leadership

Piper Alderman COVID-19 Resource Hub

Piper Alderman Guide to COVID-19 Government initiatives to support business

Podcast: Is your business prepared for the employment law consequences of COVID-19?

Podcast: COVID-19 and Work Health and Safety Obligations

Mental Health Foundation  Mental Health Resources

Staying Mentally Healthy when Working from Home

Top Tips for Successfully Working from Home

Beyond Blue - Looking after your Mental Health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Beyond Blue - Depression & Anxiety Checklists

Australian Psychological Society - Tips for coping with Coronavirus anxiety



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