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03 October 2020

The Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No 6) require that employers in the following high-risk industries, abattoirs and meat processing, poultry processing, seafood processing, supermarket distribution centres and temperature controlled perishable food distribution centres, undertake the following actions:

  1. Conduct surveillance testing of all workers that are usually working on the premises in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  2. Keep records of surveillance testing of workers for coronavirus (COVID-19)

The DHHS requirement is that 25% of the workforce is tested each week with the aim of getting 100% of workers tested over a four-week period with testing to start in the week commencing 5 October 2020.    

DHHS will assess future requirements for surveillance testing based on a risk assessment and advise industry of any changes.

For the purposes of the surveillance testing requirements, workers mean both employees and workers engaged through labour hire. It does not include contractors performing temporary work on-site.

For more information, visit Surveillance testing for high risk industries in metropolitan Melbourne and Surveillance testing for high risk industries in regional Victoria.