High risk settings

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2022 5:17pm

High-risk settings are those where:

  • COVID-19 may spread quickly
  • management of outbreaks may be particularly complex
  • 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
  • prison, correction facility, or detention centre

Priority settings that may require close Public Health input and support where there is a COVID-19 exposure risk

  • schools and early childhood services
  • food processing, distribution and cold storage facilities
  • specialist housing and homeless shelters
  • 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.

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.