High risk and priority settings

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2022 3:32pm

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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:

  • hospitals
  • 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

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.