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Prepare a COVID-19 management plan

Organisations must develop a coronavirus (COVID-19) management plan if they require employees to:

  • return to the Northern Territory (NT) to perform essential functions and
  • be exempt from the 14-day supervised quarantine requirement. Noting, even if you are a person that is considered exempt, you are still required to complete a Border Entry Form to enter the NT.

This plan must detail what actions the organisation will implement to prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public.

The types of organisations that might apply for exemption on the grounds they are governed by a coronavirus (COVID-19) management plan include (but not limited to):

  • commercial fishing
  • mining
  • construction
  • energy
  • agricultural businesses
  • non-government health services
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs).

What to include

Coronavirus (COVID-19) management plans must detail what actions the organisation will implement to address the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated measures to prevent interaction between Territory employees and interstate employees exempt from quarantine. In the case of non-government health services and ACCHOs, measures should aim to minimise interaction.
    • What education and information will be provided and how will this be delivered?
    • What facilities will be provided to separate interstate workers from Territorians and where will these be located? (Offices, accommodation, meals and ablutions).
    • How will shifts be organised to prevent interaction between interstate workers and Territorians?
    • How will food and water be provided to interstate workers when working, not working and when in transit?
    • What interactive communications and technology equipment and software will be provided to enable working (including meetings) remotely?
  2. Ensuring all employees maintain appropriate physical distancing - 1.5 metres between people.
    • What education and information will be delivered and how?
    • What interactive communications and technology equipment and software will be provided to support physical distancing?
    • How will appropriate physical distancing be managed in the workplace and meal areas (or ability to deliver meals)?
    • What single room accommodation with ensuite will be provided and how will it separate interstate workers from Territorians?
  3. Appropriate hygiene measures.
    • What education and information will be delivered and how?
    • What cleaning and hygiene supplies will be provided, where and how frequently?
    • How will rubbish/waste be managed?
    • How will facilities be cleaned and how often?
  4. Monitoring, identification and management of unwell employees.
    • What education and information will be delivered and how?
    • What risk assessments are conducted on employees entering the Territory?
    • What self-quarantine protocols will be implemented for employees entering the Territory?
    • What health screening will be conducted and how often?
    • What facilities will be used to isolate unwell employees and how will their health be monitored?
    • How will authorities be notified of a suspect coronavirus (COVID-19) case?
    • How will suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) cases be transferred to a health facility for testing?

Assess if employees should travel

Organisations are strongly encouraged to assess what level of risk their employees pose to transmitting coronavirus (COVID-19) to Territorians.

It is recommended that employees quarantine for 14 days on entry to the NT prior to commencing work if:

  • The employee is not immediately required for critical or essential work to avoid essential service disruption for the proper functioning of the Territory.

How to submit

Email the following documents to doh.exempt@nt.gov.au:

  • the organisation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) management plan
  • a completed exemption application for each employee or class of employees governed under the plan.

Applications will be assessed and organisations will receive a letter from the Chief Health Officer via email advising if their coronavirus (COVID-19) management plan and application for exemption have been approved.

A copy of this letter is to be produced by employees upon entering the NT for an authorised officer to cite as evidence of exemption from the 14-day supervised quarantine requirement.

Employees who do not present this letter will be moved to a supervised quarantine facility.

How long exemption is valid for

The nature of the service the organisation provides determines the length of the exemption from the Chief Health Officer or authorised delegate.

For example:

  • organisations with fly-in-fly-out, drive-in-drive-out and boat-in-boat-out workforces will be granted exemption for a period of time, i.e. several months
  • organisations that only require employees to enter the Territory on one occasion will be granted exemption for that single trip.

More information

Call 1800 490 484 (available 8am to 5pm every day) or email doh.exempt@nt.gov.au.