COVID-19 close contact rules for workplaces and critically essential workers
Posted on 11 January 2022
Managing COVID-19 in workplaces
As COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community, people who have COVID-19 will visit businesses and workplaces. Guidance for managing COVID-19 in workplaces is available.
Please make sure you are familiar with the latest requirements for confirmed cases and close contacts.
The Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No. 3) provides further information.
What happens when an employee tests positive?
If an employee becomes a diagnosed case, other staff from that business won’t need to quarantine unless they are also a household member or household-like contact of that employee. More information on close contacts quarantine and testing requirements is available.
When do I need to get tested?
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs to get tested. You can use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). You should only get a PCR test if you cannot get a RAT. While RATs may be difficult to access currently, we expect supplies to increase over the coming weeks.
Review the testing requirements and find a testing centre here.
When can an employee finish isolation or quarantine and return to work?
If an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19, they can return to work if: