Surveillance testing industry list and requirements as at 11 December 2020

  • This list describes the ‘Surveillance testing list and requirements’ for the purposes of the Workplace (Industry Additional Obligations) Directions, which came into effect as at 6 December 2020 from 11:59pm
  • This is version 1 of the Surveillance testing list, effective as at 11 December 2020 from 11:59pm
  • This list may be further amended and updated with approval of the Chief Health Officer
  • A log of changes to the table will be made available on the DHHS website

Industries

Workforce in scope for testing

Testing Frequency

Care facilities

Employees and contractors of residential aged care facilities.

Metro: 50% of in scope workforce per week

Regional: 25% of in scope workforce per week

Note: In line with current guidelines and supported by state and Commonwealth government provision of testing.

Commercial cleaning services

Employees engaged in on-site delivery of cleaning within (1) Hotel quarantine (2) Ports of entry (3) Hospitals (4) Residential Aged Care

As per targets for workforces in the relevant cleaning location

Ports of entry - Air

Avalon Airport, Melbourne Airport

International Flight Crew (based outside Australia), including flight crew on domestic connecting flights (and off-shift crew on aircraft as passengers)

100% of international flight crew tested on arrival in Australia(up to a maximum of 5 tests per week).

 

International Flight Crew (based in Australia), including flight crew on domestic connecting flights

100% of flight crew tested on arrival in Australia (up to a maximum of 5 tests per week).

 

High Risk Ground Staff (based in Australia)

Staff who have direct contact and interactions with passengers or crew at the port of entry.

Examples include:

  • Any worker who interacts with passengers or flight crew at the port of entry
  • Any worker or person who boards an aircraft
  • Staff (other than Commercial Passenger Vehicle drivers which are listed below under Commercial Passenger Vehicle industry) involved in transportation at international airport who have contact with international arriving passengers and crew.
  • Aircraft cleaning and catering staff
  • Customs and quarantine staff
  • Any person who occupies the same enclosed space with passengers or flight crew

100% of in scope workforce tested up to 5 times per week (per shift arrangements).

 

Moderate Risk Ground Staff (Australia based)

Staff who have occasional or indirect contact or interactions with passengers or crew and/or the environment which passengers or crew pass through or staff who may handle potentially contaminated materials.

Examples include:

  • Staff involved (other than Commercial Passenger Vehicle drivers which are listed below under Commercial Passenger Vehicle industry) in the transportation at international airport who have contact with international arriving crew
  • Baggage and cargo handling
  • Hospitality and retail workers in airports
  • Airport cleaning services
  • Laundering services of flight items

100% of in scope workforce tested once per week or in line with shift cycles, whichever is less.

Ports of Entry – Maritime

Port of Melbourne; Geelong Port; Port of Hastings, and Port of Portland

Crew of vessels entering Australian waters, including via another Australian port

100% of maritime crew tested prior to or on disembarking the vessel at a port of entry.

 

Maritime port workers (Australia based)

Workers who have direct, occasional or indirect contact or interactions with passengers or crew on vessels from outside Australia and/or the environment which these passengers or crew pass through or workers who may handle potentially contaminated materials

Examples include:

  • Any worker who interacts with maritime crew at the port of entry.
  • Any worker or person who boards a vessel
  • Any person who occupies the same enclosed space with maritime crew
  • Any worker involved in transfer or transport of maritime crew
  • Regulatory and welfare workers
  • Cleaning and waste removal workers
  • Hospitality and retail workers within a port (if any)

100% of in scope workforce tested once per week.

Hotel quarantine

(health hotels, hotel quarantine)

Employees engaged in all on-site work at any of the designated quarantine or health hotels and in the transport of residents to or between designated quarantine or health hotels during their quarantine period

Testing on every day of on-site work

Hospitals

All staff associated with COVID wards and suspected COVID-19 case (SCOVID) wards

As per DHHS guidance

Commercial passenger vehicles

Any worker that transports international arriving crew or passengers from a port of entry

All other workers

100% of in scope workforce tested once per week or in line with shift cycles, whichever is less.

Surveillance testing highly recommended

Meat, poultry and seafood processing

Surveillance testing highly recommended

 

Warehousing and distribution (Melbourne)

Surveillance testing highly recommended

 

Supermarket distribution, perishable food chilled distribution (Melbourne)

Surveillance testing highly recommended

 

Major shopping centres

Surveillance testing highly recommended