Department of Health

Surveillance testing industry list and requirements as at 8 December 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 25 November 2021
  • This is version 9 of the Surveillance testing list, effective as at 8 December 2021
  • This list may be further amended and updated with approval of the Chief Health Officer
  • Please find a log of changes to the table at Surveillance testing change log (Word).

Industries

 

Workforce in scope for testing

Testing frequency

MANDATORY

Commercial cleaning services

Employees engaged in on-site delivery of cleaning within: 
(1) Hotel quarantine 
(2) Residential Aged Care

As per testing of workforces in the relevant cleaning location

Hospitals 

(health service discretion)

Health services can implement surveillance testing for workers who work in areas that are designated at risk

Per week: 

1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab)

OR

At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

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

Per week: 

1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab)

OR

At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

Construction (Melbourne) Only for facilities with >400 workers, with all workers in scope

WASTEWATER SURVEILLANCE

Baseline:

Wastewater surveillance x2-3 times per week at facility level

Following x1 unexpected wastewater detection at a facility:

  • Department of Health increases wastewater sampling over a 14-day-period to occur on business days from initial detection
  • Recommend testing of workforce
  • Any TGA approved individual test (PCR or RAT)

Following x3 or more unexpected wastewater detections within the past 5 wastewater samples at a Facility:

  • Strongly recommend testing of workforce
  • 1 x PCR

OR

Alternative Testing:
Testing recommendations from wastewater surveillance do not apply to facilities that are already undertaking self-organised surveillance testing under the following alternative strategies:

Per week:

  • 1x PCR

OR

  • At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

(Wastewater surveillance remains a requirement for industries in scope, however the testing of individual workers prompted by the unexpected wastewater detection(s) is a recommendation)

Food supply related warehousing and distribution (Melbourne) Only for facilities with >100 workers, with all workers in scope
Meat, poultry, and seafood processing (Melbourne) Only for facilities with >100 workers, with all workers in scope
Supermarket distribution, perishable food chilled distribution (Melbourne) Only for facilities with >100 workers, with all workers in scope

 

Industry

Workforce in scope for testing 

Testing frequency 

RECOMMENDED

Care Facilities 

Employees and contractors of residential aged care facilities

Per week: 

1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab)

OR

At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

Commercial passenger vehicles

Employees who transport passengers or crew from international ports of entry

Per week: 

1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab)

OR

At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

for 14 days after last exposure to passengers or crew from international ports of entry

Ports of Entry - Air 

(Avalon Airport; Melbourne Airport)

Employees who have direct contact or interaction with international passengers or crew or enter vessels from international destinations

Per week: 

1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab)

OR

At least 3x RAT, with <72 hour interval between tests

Ports of Entry - Maritime

(Port of Melbourne; Geelong Port; Port of Hastings; and Port of Portland) 

(Surveillance testing of maritime port workers is currently suspended)

  N/A

PCR = Polymerase Chain Reaction

RAT = Rapid Antigen Test

 

TGA = Therapeutic Goods Administration

* Workers who test positive on RAT must proceed with undertaking a PCR test

 

Reviewed 08 December 2021

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