Armaguard recently advised the USU that Armaguard now qualifies as a legacy employer under the extended JobKeeper Scheme.

As a legacy employer, this means Armaguard has had a decline in turnover of more than 10% but less than 30% over the qualifying period for the quarter. This means Armaguard no longer qualifies for JobKeeper payments from the government but retains certain JobKeeper enabling directions.

During the period from 28th September 2020 to 28th March 2021, Armaguard can continue to:

  • Issue JobKeeper enabling stand down directions;
  • Issue JobKeeper enabling directions in relation to your duties and location of work; and
  • Make agreements with employees to work on different days or at different times.

Armaguard can no longer force you to take accrued annual leave to make up the loss in working hours. 

If Armaguard offers you a contact to permanently change your days and/or hours, there is no need to sign a new contract.  Armaguard can issue directions or change your hours, duties and work location (e.g, long days short week) until 28th March 2021, but no later. 

However, if you would like to permanent change you contracted hours, of course you may see this as a positive opportunity.  If you’re unsure about signing a new contract, contact your USU delegate or organiser. 

If you’re offered a redundancy but you’re not sure what your redundancy entitlement is, contact your USU delegate or organiser.  Check your Enterprise Agreement for redundancy entitlements.

Link to EA >>

The Armaguard NSW Clerical And Administrative Employees Enterprise Agreement 2017-2020 continues to operate in full following its nominal expiry of 13 May 2020, as such the redundancy entitlement is:

Years of service

Under 45 years

Over 45 years

Less than 1 year



1 year and less than 2 years

4 weeks

5 weeks

2 years and less than 3 years

7 weeks

8.75 weeks

3 years and less than 4 years

10 weeks

12.5 weeks

4 years and less than 5 years

12 weeks

15 weeks

5 years and less than 6 years

14 weeks

17.5 weeks

6 years and over

16 weeks

20 weeks


Should members anywhere in NSW and the ACT have concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic about approaches taken in the workplace, you are encouraged to contact your team at the USU:

USU organiser – Emily Callachor 0417 420 924 or

USU organiser – Mick Jones 0405 020 589 or

USU delegate – Rebecca Steward 0421 956 169 or

USU delegate – Darren Gulliver 0404 821 990 or

As information becomes available, we will keep you up to date.