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Application process

Application process for organisations

Organisations must complete an online application for a COVID-19 Management Plan to complete a COVID-19 Management Plan. This must be approved prior to workers applying for exemption from mandatory supervised quarantine under the organisation’s COVID-19 Management Plan. The plan is only submitted once for approval and is valid for six months unless the Chief Health Officer’s Directions change and the Plan is revoked. The organisation will be notified if this happens.

If approved, the organisation will receive a notification email from the Border Restrictions Team and will be provided with a reference number for their approved COVID-19 Management Plan (Example: CHOE-XXXX).

The organisation has a responsibility to provide the approved COVID-19 Management Plan to their workers and ensure they understand their commitment to work to the plan. It is an offence if workers do not comply with the approved plan. Workers require the reference number (CHOE-XXXX) of the organisation’s approved plan to apply for an exemption from mandatory supervised quarantine.

Application process for workers under an approved COVID-19 Management Plan

Workers who have been in a hotspot in the 14 days prior to entering the NT, are required to submit an online application for exemption and provide the reference number for their organisation’s approved COVID-19 Management Plan (CHOE XXXX).

To complete their application workers need:

  • A letter of employment from the organisation they will work at. Subcontractors need a letter of support from the site controller or project owner
  • To agree to undertake a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to travel, self-isolate after the test and only travel if they have a negative result.

The worker will receive an email from the Border Restrictions team to advise of the outcome, with a letter signed by Chief Health Officer or their delegate if their application is approved. The letter will allow a one-time entry to the NT. Each time the worker enters the NT to work they will need to re-apply, if they have been in a hotspot in the 14 days prior to arriving.

Application process for independent contractors not under an agribusiness COVID-19 Management Plan

Workers and independent contractors, not under an organisation’s Management Plan must submit their own online COVID-19 Management Plan . This requires assessment and approval prior to the worker submitting an online application for exemption.

The worker will receive an email from the Border Restrictions team to advise of the outcome, with a letter signed by Chief Health Officer or their delegate if their application is approved. The letter will allow a one-time entry to the NT. Each time the worker enters the NT to work they will need to re-apply, if they have been in a hotspot in the 14 days prior to arriving.

Prepare a COVID-19 Management Plan

The following documents will assist you to develop a COVID-19 Management Plan for your organisation or the work that you do.

Sample COVID-19 Management Plan DOCX (46.1 KB)

Guide to writing a COVID-19 Management Plan

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.