Information for FIFO workers

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2021 3:02pm

Tasmanian fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers from medium-risk areas can apply to return to Tasmania as Essential Travellers.

Successful applicants must comply with specified conditions while in Tasmania, including remaining at their premises (unless shopping for essential supplies or undertaking other urgent business),  wear a face mask when in public as well as comply with other requirements (Direction in relation to Persons arriving in Tasmania) and being tested if symptoms arise.

To be considered for classification as an Essential Traveller, Tasmanian FIFO workers must meet the Essential Traveller eligibility criteria, which includes not having been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania.

Eligible Tasmanian FIFO workers must also:

  • Prove they are an existing Tasmanian resident whose main source of employment is not in Tasmania.
  • Prove that this employment requires them to be physically present at that workplace to fulfil their employment duties, and this work cannot be done remotely.
  • Provide evidence that they have a scheduled roster of shift work that includes extended periods of time (at least seven days) at the interstate workplace, with identified leave breaks.
  • Show that they will return to Tasmania while on leave, with the intention to return to their interstate workplace to resume their shift work at the end of this leave period.
  • Prove that this working arrangement is intended to be ongoing.
  • Prove that they will transit directly from their interstate workplace to a port of departure to Tasmania, and agree to maintain physical distancing during transit.
  • If approved as an Essential Traveller, Tasmanian FIFO workers must meet the requirements detailed in Schedule 3 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

  • Acceptable proof of Tasmanian residency is outlined here.
  • A letter from the employer, or evidence of an employment contract, verifying the worker is employed as a FIFO worker in an eligible sector/industry on an ongoing basis. This documentation should also outline the scope of the work and verify why the work needs to be conducted onsite.
  • Proof of a scheduled roster of shift work that includes extended periods of time (at least seven days) at the interstate workplace, with identified leave breaks.
  • Flight and transport bookings and proof of accommodation (if applicable) to prove that the worker will comply with the requirement to transit directly from their interstate workplace to Tasmania.

Applications can be made through G2G PASS under Category 8 of Essential Traveller.

Frequently commuting to/from another jurisdiction for work does not mean automatic eligibility as a Tasmanian FIFO Essential Traveller.

To be classified as a Tasmanian FIFO Essential Traveller the job must require the worker to carry out their work onsite and they must have evidence that this work is established and ongoing.

Unless exceptional evidence is provided to prove eligibility, any job that can reasonably be done remotely (e.g. corresponding with clients and stakeholders, attending corporate meetings, other frequent commuting and/or one off trips) will not qualify as FIFO work.

Examples of eligible FIFO sectors and industries include:

  • Mining and mineral resourcing;
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Remote infrastructure/construction projects (e.g. telecommunication networks or road and rail works)
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste; or
  • Transport, postal and warehousing.

If granted FIFO status, you are still required to comply with conditions under Schedule 4 of the Direction in relation to Persons arriving in Tasmania.

This means that for 14 days from arrival in Tasmania you will be required to:

1. Wear a face mask - at all times when in public or while you are working or completing your official duties as per your Essential Traveller status, unless:

a. you are undergoing medical care/treatment that is unable to be provided if you are wearing a face mask;
b. you are travelling in a vehicle by yourself (or only with people who you live with);
c. it is an emergency and it is not practicable for you to obtain or wear a face mask;
d. wearing the face mask would create a risk to your health or safety;
e. you have a lawful reason to remove the face mask or have been required to remove it;
f. you have a medical certificate that certifies that you are not suited to wearing a face mask; or
g. you have written approval from the Deputy State Controller not to wear a face mask.

2. Semi-isolate - remain in, or at, your place of residence while in Tasmania (e.g. your home, your accommodation) unless:

a. you are attending work or undertaking official duties, as per your Specified Person category;
b. you are shopping for food, beverages, fuel, medicine and urgent household supplies;
c. you are permitted to leave by an authorised officer and you comply with any lawful directions given to you by an authorised officer; or
d. to seek medical care, to leave Tasmania, or in an emergency situation that requires you to leave your residence, and
i. if seeking medical care or during an emergency, you must return to your residence directly after obtaining that care, or when safe to do so after the emergency has passed.
ii. if leaving Tasmania, you must travel directly from your residence to the point of departure, wear a surgical face mask, and comply with COVIDSafe behaviours.

3. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • a temperature of ≥37.5°C or more;
  • chills and/or night sweats
  • coughing, shortness of breath or sore throat;
  • loss of taste, or smell; or
  • sudden and unexplained fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, or loss of appetite.

4. If you believe you are displaying any of these COVID-19 symptoms, you must:

  • contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or a GP to arrange testing straight away; and
  • isolate except to access arranged medical care or to have a COVID-19 test;

5. Stay COVIDSafe, including:

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing;
  • Use disposable tissues and put these in the bin straight after use;
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and running water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser; and
  • Maintain, where practicable, a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, including the people who you live with.

Read these conditions in Schedule 4 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.