Department of Health

Surveillance testing industry list and requirements as at 11 November 2021

  • This list describes the ‘Surveillance testing list and requirements’ for the purposes of the Workplace (Industry Additional Obligations) Directions (No. 56), which came into effect as at 12 November 2021
  • This is version 8 of the Surveillance testing list, effective as at 12 November 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

Following an 1x/initial unexpected positive wastewater detection at a facility:

  • Recommend testing for 100% of workforce
  • 1 x throat-nose swab PCR

DH will increase wastewater surveillance to daily and commence sampling at facility.

Following x2 or more unexpected positive wastewater detections within a 3-day period at Facility, the business in scope must:

  • Require 1x throat-nose PCR testing for 100% of workforce within 48 hours
  • Asymptomatic workers may continue to work

Following x4 or more unexpected positive wastewater detections within a 5-day period at facility, the business in scope must:

  • Require 1x throat-nose PCR testing for 100% of workforce within 48 hours (unless testing has already been completed)
  • Only workers who have received a negative test from this testing requirement and are asymptomatic may continue to work
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
* Workers who test positive on RAT must proceed with undertaking a PCR test

Reviewed 17 November 2021

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