As of 11 January 2022
In-home and community aged care workers must be fully vaccinated. Staff should get a booster dose as soon as they are eligible for one.
The advice on this page also applies to people working within the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
If a staff member has had a high risk exposure to COVID-19, return to work must be risk managed, e.g. with daily RAT screening, if less than 14 days have elapsed. Managers should refer to the
Commonwealth Permissions and Restrictions Framework for Workers in Residential Aged Care Facilities – Interim Guidance
and the Managing Aged Care and Disability Worker Exposures for further information on when staff can be permitted to work, including to ensure service continuity
Home care and community aged care service providers are responsible to ensure that staff must not provide services if they:
Minimise staff working across multiple settings (such as in-home and residential care). Where ceasing staff movement across settings is not practical, additional measures should be put in place, such as maintaining records of staff and work locations and increasing use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
All in-home care service providers must maintain vigilance to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into a person's home.
Ensure staff actively ask clients about symptoms on arrival. If staff become aware of a client with symptoms, that client should be isolated from others and arrangements made for COVID-19 testing.
Where a client has not been vaccinated only essential services should be performed in the home wearing appropriate PPE.
Day activity programs are permitted to operate but must align with the directions in the
Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021
In arranging activities, day program providers should maintain COVID-19 safe practices including:
Staff and participants should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Managers should refer to the Aged Care and Disability Risk Matrix for further information on when staff can be permitted to work
Where participants are not fully vaccinated, providers are encouraged to continue to provide flexible options including online service delivery, individual activities and avoid group interactions unless the participants are from the same household.