High risk settings

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2021 2:19pm

High-risk settings are those where:

  • COVID-19 may spread quickly
  • management of outbreaks may be particularly complex
  • there is higher risk of cases triggering community spread
  • cases may cause disruption to essential services if workers are sick or have been quarantined.

High-risk settings include:

  • residential aged care facilities
  • healthcare facilities
  • residential care facilities
  • schools and early childhood services
  • food processing, distribution and cold storage facilities
  • specialist housing and homeless shelters
  • correctional facilities
  • essential services
  • remote industrial sites with accommodation
  • migrant workers’ accommodation
  • remote communities including remotes islands.

Health care settings

Mandatory vaccination is required for all workers in health care, disability, in home care and aged care settings. Read more about mandatory vaccination.

Use the Exposure Risk Matrix for workers in any health care settings to find out the difference between low, medium and high risk scenarios in your setting, and the recommended work permissions and restrictions as determined by risk.

Health care settings can use these matrices to develop their COVID-19 Safety Plans and Case and Outbreak Management Plans.

Public Health will work with health care settings to manage the exposure risk when there is a case associated with a health care setting. Read about responding to a case or outbreak.