What to do if you have been impacted

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) Coronavirus website and follow the CHO directions.

If you recently returned from interstate or international travel, go to the NT Coronavirus website for border entry 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 quarantining with no COVID-19 like symptoms.

You can:

  • request to work from home or
  • apply for miscellaneous leave:
    • COVID-19 self isolation full pay - only if you're unable to work from home.

Essential workers

Essential workers are not required to go to work if they are close contacts in quarantine. However, they may attend the workplace to perform essential work.

Essential workers may only leave quarantine to perform essential work if they meet the requirements of CHO Direction 22/2022, Direction 18.

The worker must meet all of the following requirements:

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

Refer to CHO Direction 22/2022 schedule for a list of essential workers.

Close contact quarantining and sick with COVID like symptoms.

Personal leave.

Feeling sick

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

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

Personal leave.

Sick - not COVID-19.

Personal leave.

Tested positive

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

Tested positive for coronavirus and symptomatic (feeling unwell).

Personal leave.

If there is insufficient personal leave to cover absence, you can apply for the following for the remaining period you are sick with COVID-19:

  • Miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 exhausted sick leave full pay,

Miscellaneous leave is only available once all personal leave exhausted.

Tested positive for coronavirus and is asymptomatic.

You can:

  • request to work from home or
  • take personal leave.

Caring for a dependant

Scenario

Leave / work arrangement

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

You can:

  • request to work from home
  • take personal (carers) leave or
  • apply for a mix of both.

If there is insufficient personal leave to cover absence, you can apply for the following for the remaining quarantine period:

  • Miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 exhausted - carers leave full pay,

Miscellaneous leave is only available once all personal leave exhausted.

Caring for a dependant who is sick - not Covid-19.

Personal (carers) leave.

Caring for a dependant who has tested positive for coronavirus.

You can:

  • request to work from home
  • apply for miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 self isolation full pay or
  • apply for a mix of both.

These arrangements apply equally to rostered casual employees (i.e. the employee was rostered to work during the relevant period).

Caring for a dependant who is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and who is in quarantine or self-isolating.

You can:

  • request to work from home or
  • apply for miscellaneous leave: COVID-19 self isolation full pay

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

You can:

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

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

For more information go to the NTG Coronavirus website.


Last updated: 21 February 2022

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