What to do if you have been affected

There are a variety of measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For information on isolation, quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements, go to the Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health website and follow the CHO directions.

If you recently returned from interstate or international travel, go to the NT Health website for travel requirements and follow the CHO directions.

Information for NTPS employees

If you're an NTPS employee, you can access COVID-19 employment FAQs for more information on NTG Central. You must be logged into the NTG network to get access.

Working from home information is also available on the OCPE website.

Read the scenarios below to find out about COVID-19 leave and employment arrangements for public servants.

COVID-19 leave and employment arrangements

Close contacts

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

Close contact with no COVID-like symptoms

You must tell your supervisor that you are a close contact before attending the workplace.

Request to work from home where possible.

If work from home is not possible, you can continue to attend the workplace if you are asymptomatic.

If you continue to attend the workplace, you must wear a face mask securely over your nose and mouth for 7 days after becoming a close contact.

Employees attending high risk workplaces

If you attend a high risk place to perform your work, you must meet the requirements of post-emergency CHO Direction 5/2022, Direction 29. Read the direction on the NT Health website.

You must meet all the following requirements for 7 days after becoming a close contact:

  • have no symptoms of COVID-19
  • submit to or self-administer a RAT and return a negative result before entering the workplace for the first time each day and
  • wear a face mask securely over your nose and mouth and
  • take all reasonable measures to stay at least 1.5m away from other people.

For a list of high risk places, read post-emergency CHO Direction 4/2022 on the NT Health website.

Close contact sick with COVID-like symptoms

Personal leave

Feeling sick

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

Sick with COVID-like symptoms and waiting on COVID-19 test results

Personal leave

Sick - not COVID-19

Personal leave

Tested positive

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

Tested positive for COVID-19 and symptomatic (feeling sick) and required to isolate

Personal leave.

If there is insufficient personal leave to cover your absence while you are in isolation, you can apply for 'miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 exhausted sick leave full pay'.

Use this for the remaining period you are required to isolate in accordance with current Northern Territory Public health requirements.

Miscellaneous leave is only available once all personal leave is exhausted.

Tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic (feeling well)

You can:

  • request to work from home or
  • take personal leave.
Sick with long COVID (post-COVID) symptoms and not required to isolate

Personal leave.

If you have exhausted your available personal leave you may apply to your chief executive officer (CEO) to grant additional personal leave at half pay, or access to recreation leave where an extended period of absence is involved.

Requests are subject to approval at the CEO's discretion.

Caring for a dependant

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

Caring for a dependant who is sick with COVID-like symptoms and who is waiting on COVID-19 test results

You can either:

  • request to work from home
  • apply for personal (carers) leave
  • do a mix of both - work from home and apply for leave.

Caring for a dependant who has tested positive for COVID-19 and required to isolate

You can either:

  • request to work from home
  • apply for personal (carers) leave
  • do a mix of both - work from home and apply for leave

If there is insufficient personal leave to cover your absence while your dependant is in isolation, you can apply for 'miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 exhausted carers leave full pay'.

Use this for the remaining isolation period they are required to isolate.

Miscellaneous leave is only available once all personal leave is exhausted.

Caring for a dependant who is a close contact with COVID like symptomsPersonal (carers) leave.

Caring for a dependant who is sick - not COVID-19

personal (carers) leave.

Caring for a dependant as childcare/school is closed due to positive COVID-19 cases among staff/students

You can either:

  • apply for recreation leave
  • apply for personal (carer’s leave)
  • request to work from home
  • do a mix of both - work from home and apply for leave.

Emergency leave may be considered for instances where advance notice was not given that the childcare/school would be closed.

Emergency leave is available as a single day or part of a day (i.e not consecutive days).

Caring for a dependant who is home from childcare/school that are open

If you choose to keep your children home from childcare/school at times when centres and schools are open, you may apply to take:

  • recreation leave or
  • long service leave.

More information

Find out more on the NT Health website.


Last updated: 28 September 2022

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