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High risk settings
High-risk settings are those where:
- there are likely to be people who have a higher chance of severe illness from COVID-19
- COVID-19 may spread quickly
- management of outbreaks may be particularly complex
- outbreaks may cause disruption to essential services.
Listed high risk residential settings under the Public Health Act 1997 are:
- residential aged care facilities
- residential disability care facilities.
Additional high-risk settings for outbreak management are:
- prisons, correctional facilities and detention centres
- support and special schools.
Public Health will support high-risk settings when there is a risk of COVID-19 spreading in those settings.
Priority settings may require advice and support from Public Health when there is risk of COVID-19 spreading in those settings.
Priority settings include:
- schools and early childhood services
- food processing, distribution, and cold storage facilities
- specialist housing and homeless shelters
- essential services
- Aboriginal communities and remote communities including remote islands
- remote industrial sites with accommodation
- migrant workers’ accommodation
Public health best practice guidance high risk and priority settings
For more information view Best practice guidance high risk and priority settings.