Essential Traveller categories and requirements

Last Updated: 28 Mar 2020 4:06pm

If your travel to Tasmania is for work that is essential for the proper functioning of the state you should indicate this on your arrivals form.

Essential Traveller categories

1. National and State Security and Governance

a. Any Government senior official who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for the safety of the Nation or Tasmania against threats such as terrorism, war, or espionage, and is required to be present in Tasmania for such purposes; and

b. Active Military personnel required to be on duty in Tasmania while in Tasmania; and

c. A member of the Commonwealth Parliament who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

2. Health Services

a. A clinician in relation to health who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania; and

b. A clinician in relation to health who is requested by the Secretary of the Department of Health, or his or her delegate, to present for duty in Tasmania to perform, during the period in which the person will be present in Tasmania, duties unable to be appropriately performed by a person ordinarily resident in Tasmania.

3. Transport, freight and logistics

a. Any person who in the carriage of his or her duties is responsible for provision of transport or freight and logistics into, within and out of Tasmania; and

b. Flight Crew and ship crew-for the purpose of delivery of persons, freight or logistics into, within and out of Tasmania.

4. Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses

a. Any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in Tasmania, where the service is time-critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in Tasmania;

b. Any person who, in the carriage of his or her duties, is responsible, while in Tasmania, for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to Tasmania; and

c. Any person travelling from Antarctica directly to Tasmania.

5. Paramedics and ambulance officers

a. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is returning to Tasmania as soon as practicable after providing medical transport to a patient or who is returning to Tasmania while providing medical transport to a person; and

b. A paramedic, or an officer of Ambulance Tasmania, each within the meaning of the Ambulance Service Act 1982, who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania and who is requested by the Commissioner of Ambulance Services, or his or her delegate, to return to Tasmania to present for duty in Tasmania.

6. Other persons, or class of persons that are:

Exempted by the State Controller:

a. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, in relation to whom, in the opinion of the State Controller, self-isolation would lead to an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship; and

b. Any other person, or member of a class of persons, who, in the opinion of the State Controller, is essential for the proper functioning of Tasmania.

Assessed on an individual basis via application e.g.

a. Compassionate grounds e.g. a person is travelling to Tasmania to visit a terminally ill relative.

b. Medical grounds e.g. a person who travels to and from Tasmania to receive essential medical treatment on the mainland.

c. Other reasons considered on individual merit.

Strict self-isolation conditions also apply to Essential Travellers in Tasmania.

Self-isolation requirements for Essential Travellers

If you have applied to be considered for Essential Traveller status and your application has not been approved by the time you arrive in Tasmania, you must begin the mandatory 14 days of self-isolation until your application has been approved.

Essential Travellers provided an exemption must:

  • Sleep in a single room and not reside in a shared room or dormitory style accommodation if you are staying overnight
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, muscular pains, shortness of breath and unexpected tiredness;
  • If symptoms develop:
    • remove yourself from the workplace or public place and self-isolation;
    • contact a GP or the Public Health Hotline (1800 671 738) to get medical advice or arrange testing;
  • When you are away from your accommodation/room, apply social distancing measures. You must only be within 1.5 metres of another person to:
    • Obtain life essential supplies or services that cannot be readily obtained online;
    • Be tested or assessed for infection by COVID-19, or seek medical advice; or
    • carry out a compassionate purpose (eg to visit a dying close relative in hospital or other care setting), if your Essential Traveller status is based on compassionate grounds.
  • Practice strict cough and sneeze hygiene, including covering mouth and nose, the use and disposal of disposable tissues, and washing hands frequently and
  • thoroughly with soap and water or a hand-sanitizer.

In addition, all Essential Healthcare Workers or Essential Travellers that are coming into contact with vulnerable persons must:

  • At a minimum – wear a surgical mask at all times when engaged in the provision of health services or health care to persons or in a health care or residential care setting, or when in close proximity to a vulnerable person; OR
  • Wear the personal protective equipment that is normally worn during such contact by health care or residential care workers for the service being delivered.

These self-isolation requirements can be found in Self-isolation Conditions for Essential Travellers.