Surveillance testing industry list and requirements as at 15 March 2021

  • 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 2 of the Surveillance testing list, effective as at 15 March 2021 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

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 those arriving in Victoria on domestic connecting flights (excluding international flight crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country)

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 international passengers or crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country), at the international port of entry.

Examples include:

  • Any worker who interacts with passengers or flight crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country), at the international port of entry
  • Any worker or person who boards an aircraft, or part of an aircraft, where international arriving passengers and crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country) are, have been or passed through
  • Aircraft cleaning and catering staff of international aircraft (excluding from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country)
  • Customs and quarantine staff
  • Any person who occupies the same enclosed space with passengers or flight crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country)

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 international passengers or crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country) and/or the environment which international passengers or crew (excluding international passengers and crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country) have passed through and/or staff who may handle potentially contaminated materials.

Examples include:

  • Baggage and cargo handling of international flights (excluding flights from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country)
  • Hospitality and retail workers in international airports
  • International airport cleaning services
  • Laundering services of international flight items (excluding flights from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country)

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

Examples include:

  • Any worker who interacts with maritime crew (of a vessel from a port outside of Australia) at the port of entry.
  • Any person who occupies the same enclosed space with maritime crew (of a vessel from a port outside of Australia), or where maritime crew have been.
  • Regulatory and welfare workers that may interact with crew (of a vessel from a port outside of Australia)
  • Cleaning and waste removal workers (of a vessel from a port outside of Australia)

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 DH guidance

Commercial passenger vehicles

Workers involved in the transport of international air crew and maritime crew (of a vessel from outside of Australia)

100% tested once per week for the 14 days after their last interaction

All other workers Surveillance testing highly recommended

Meat, poultry and seafood processing

Surveillance testing recommended

 

Warehousing and distribution (Melbourne)

Surveillance testing recommended

 

Supermarket distribution, perishable food chilled distribution (Melbourne)

Surveillance testing recommended

 

Major shopping centres

Surveillance testing recommended