On 13 October 2021, the Northern Territory State Government issued directions under the Chief Health Officer (CHO) about workers who are required to be vaccinated.

The relevant workers in the industries and occupations listed must receive the first dose vaccination by 12 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 21 December 2021.

Employers are required to collect information about a worker’s vaccination status and keep a register as well as a record that evidence of vaccination has been sighted. A copy of the worker’s vaccination certificate or immunisation history only needs to be sighted, it does not need to be stored or filed.

Information about a worker’s vaccination status will need to be provided to an authorised officer upon request.

  • Workers can show employers a copy of the COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement as evidence of their vaccination status.

Workers can also get their local GP to print a copy of their statement for them if they are unable to access their COVID-19 vaccination certificate online.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has introduced COVID-19 vaccination requirements for certain workers. The requirements apply to:

  • Residential aged care facility workers
  • Quarantine workers
  • Workers in other high-risk sectors
  • Freight workers entering the NT (from 1 November 2021)

List of workers requiring vaccination under Direction 5 Northern Territory (13 October 2021):

Workers who, during the course of work, are likely to come into contact with a vulnerable person include the following:

  • Workers who work with children, such as teachers, child care workers, tutors, gym coaches and swimming instructors
  • Workers who work with disabled persons, elderly persons, or other persons vulnerable to infection with COVID-19, such as legal service providers, disability care workers and personal carers
  • Workers who directly face customers or patients in health care and ancillary health care services
  • Workers who provide community services
  • Workers who directly face customers in retail services, financial or hospitality industries and other service industries

Workers who are at risk of infection with COVID-19 because they, during the course of work, are likely to come into contact with a person or thing that poses a risk of infection include:

  • Health care workers in hospitals and emergency departments
  • Police and emergency services workers
  • Workers in quarantine facilities and other quarantine places
  • Border control workers
  • Workers at other places to which symptomatic people may go, such as medical clinics respiratory clinics and pharmacies

Workplaces that pose a high risk of infection with COVID-19 include the following:

  • Correction and detention facilities
  • Shelters for the person experiencing homelessness or another form of adversity
  • Mining sites
  • Food processing and distribution facilities
  • Cold storage facilities and abattoirs
  • Cruise vessels (as defined by Direction 5)

Essential infrastructure or essential logistics in the Northern Territory include:

  • Electricity generation facilities, electricity networks and electrical installations
  • Liquid natural gas and other gas facilities
  • Water supply and distribution infrastructure
  • Sewerage treatment facilities
  • Telecommunications systems
  • Roads
  • COVID-19 emergency operation centre

For updated information please visit the NT Health website by clicking on the below link:

https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/1058346/cho-directions-no55-2021.pdf
(accessed 4 November 2021)

This information is provided by Jobs Australia to assist Members in the Northern Territory with awareness of these State Government compliance requirements. We will provide a further update should any changes to this information be announced.

To speak to the Workplace Relations team, please call them on 1800 331 915 (option #1) or email ja@ja.com.au.