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Superseded - Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction

This direction has been superseded on 13 May 2022. See the current Superseded - Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction.

Summary

Effective from: 12 March 2022

Posted: 12 March 2022

Superseded on: 13 May 2022

Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency

Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)

Section 362B

On 29 January 2020, under the Public Health Act 2005, the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services made an order declaring a public health emergency in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health emergency area specified in the order is for ‘all of Queensland’. Its duration has been extended by regulation to 26 March 2022 and may be further extended.

Further to this declaration, l, John Gerrard, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following directions pursuant to the powers under s 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Guidance

For the purpose of this Direction, operators of shared disability accommodation services should ensure physical distancing and risk mitigation measures are in place at a service to the extent practicable, including:

  1. providing appropriate signage that clearly states physical distancing and appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette requirements must be followed in a shared disability accommodation service;

  2. ensuring cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces, doors and high traffic areas in a shared disability accommodation service;

  3. requiring staff to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with current health advice;

  4. providing additional hand sanitising stations for residents, employees, contractors and visitors to encourage use;

  5. ensuring tables and seating in common areas of shared disability accommodation service should be managed to provide appropriate physical distancing;

  6. ensure staff are trained and procedures in place to keep family and support people informed where a resident becomes unwell or there is a diagnosed person identified in the service;

  7. encouraging any person entering the service to have an current vaccination against influenza and COVID-19, if the vaccination is available to the person;

  8. encouraging residents to continue essential community access but exercise appropriate caution when accessing the community.

    Example - considering if there are other ways to achieve access to services, maintain physical distancing or wearing a mask where physical distancing is not able to be observed.

Citation

  1. This Public Health Direction may be referred to as the Disability Accommodation Services Visitor Direction.

Revocation

  1. The Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No. 28) given on 10 February 2022 is revoked from the time of publication of this public health Direction and is replaced by this Direction.

Commencement

  1. This Direction applies from the time of publication until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless it is revoked or replaced.

Application

  1. This Direction applies to a visitor of a resident of a shared disability accommodation service, a person who is entering to volunteer and to a student undertaking a placement at a shared disability accommodation service.

PART 1 —  VACCINATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR  SHARED DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION SERVICES

  1. A visitor, volunteer or student is not permitted to enter or remain at a shared disability accommodation service if the person:

    1. is an international arrival who arrived during the 14 days immediately preceding the proposed time of entry, even if they no longer have to isolate or quarantine under another public health direction; or

    2. is a diagnosed person or has recently ended isolation as a diagnosed person, and 7 days have not yet passed between the and the end of isolation; or

    3. has been informed or has become aware they are a close contact of a diagnosed person, unless their quarantine period has ended, and 7 days have passed between the end of quarantine and the proposed time of entry; or

    4. has a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms consistent with COVID-19; or

    5. has undertaken a COVID-19 test and has not yet received the results of that test, unless the test was for a surveillance testing obligation under a Public Health Directions or Protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer.

      Note: A person awaiting COVID-19 test results as part of a surveillance testing obligation must still comply with the requirements in paragraphs 5(a) to (d). For example, a person awaiting results of a routine COVID-19 test required under a protocol must not enter, or remain on, the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19

  2. Paragraph 5 does not apply:

    1. where the visitor or volunteer is attending at the shared disability accommodation service, with the permission of the operator, for the purpose of an end of life visit for a resident of the shared disability accommodation service and has an exemption under Part 6 for the end of life visit; and

    2. where the visitor, volunteer or student is in isolation or quarantine, or during the post-isolation or post-quarantine periods, is permitted to leave isolation or quarantine under the Isolation of Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.5) or its successors.

Restrictions on entry for unvaccinated visitors and volunteers

  1. In addition to paragraph 5, a visitor or volunteer who is unvaccinated, must not enter, or remain at, the premises of a shared disability accommodation service, in the State of Queensland, unless the visitor is:

    1. under 16 years of age; or

    2. unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a medical contraindication and has evidence of a recognised medical contraindication; or

    3. a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, and receipt of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved COVID-19 vaccine would impact the validity of the trial. As this exemption is temporary, the medical certificate must not have expired.

    4. entering the premises for an end of life visit for a resident of a shared disability accommodation service; or

      Note: Please note that an exemption is not needed for an unvaccinated person entering into a shared disability accommodation service for an end of life visit.

    5. entering the premises to provide support to a resident in an emergency situation; or

    6. maintaining continuity of care to a resident of a shared disability accommodation service, including accompanying a resident or advocacy services that cannot be delivered by electronic or non-contact means.

      Note: A parent, carer, guardian, or other responsible adult who is not fully vaccinated will need to comply with the risk mitigation measures put in place by the shared disability accommodation service. For example, this may require wearing a single use-surgical face mask, safely physically distancing from others or having a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the shared disability accommodation service. Only one unvaccinated parent carer, guardian or responsible adult will be allowed to accompany a resident at a time.

      Note: A resident may require support from an advocate or person who has provided long-term informal support. This could include behavioural support, disability support or support due to significant health needs.

Obligation on operators

  1. The operator of a shared disability accommodation service must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a visitor or volunteer does not enter or remain on the premises of a shared disability accommodation service if the visitor or volunteer is prohibited from doing so under this Direction.

  2. The operator of a shared disability accommodation service in the State of Queensland must take all reasonable steps to ensure that a resident of a shared disability accommodation service who has been given a quarantine notice by an emergency officer (public health) abides by the notice.

  3. Nothing in this Direction is to be taken to prevent a resident of a shared disability accommodation service from entering or remaining upon the premises of the shared disability accommodation service. A resident may continue to access any areas of the shared disability accommodation service to which they normally have access, subject to a direction to self-quarantine or self-isolate in accordance with a public health direction.

  4. Nothing in this Direction should be taken as limiting the right of people living in shared disability accommodation service from leaving the service. Subject to any general public health direction limiting movement and gatherings by members of the public, operators should ensure essential community access can continue, with appropriate physical distancing and good hygiene practices observed.

Public Health Measures – visitors and volunteers

  1. A visitor or volunteers to a shared disability accommodation service must:

    1. to the extent reasonably practicable, practise physical distancing and limit their contact with other persons at the shared disability accommodation service; and

    2. comply with any or all of the following requirements:

      1. face mask requirements in another public health direction;

      2. additional personal protective equipment requirements;

      3. any other additional visitor restrictions implemented by the operator of a shared disability accommodation service to effectively manage an outbreak.

COVID Response - Residents

  1. The operator of a shared disability accommodation service must take reasonable steps to develop and document appropriate processes to ensure residents and their unique needs can be immediately identified in a COVID-19 event.

    Example: Ensure residents’ personal preferences and needs are documented appropriately, for example by keeping a hard copy of each resident’s relevant records securely stored in the facility, including current medications list, personal care requirements and preferences, and their advance care planning documents and directions.

  2. The operator of a shared disability accommodation service may permit a resident to leave the shared disability accommodation service for any purpose.

PART 3 – ELECTRONIC COLLECTION OF CONTACT INFORMATION

  1. The operator of a shared disability accommodation service must make all reasonable efforts to electronically collect contact information about all visitors and volunteers, to a shared disability accommodation service at the time of entry, by either:

    1. requesting visitors and volunteers use the Check In Qld app; or

    2. registering visitors and volunteers through the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app.

  2. Example – a visitor or volunteer may be unable to use the Check In Qld app due to age, disability, language barriers or does not possess the technology or own a mobile phone. The shared disability accommodation service must register the visitor through the Business Profile mode.

  3. Despite paragraph 15, an operator of a shared disability accommodation service is not required to request a visitor’s or volunteer’s contact information under paragraph 15 if:

    1. the visitor or volunteer is entering a shared disability accommodation service in an emergency or entering to provide emergency services; or

    2. the visitor or volunteer is or appears to be younger than 16 years old; or

    3. it is not reasonable to request contact information based on compassionate grounds or a risk to a visitor’s or volunteer’s safety.

  4. An operator of a shared disability accommodation service must make all reasonable efforts to clearly display the Check In Qld app QR code at each entry to the shared disability accommodation service that is used by visitors and volunteers.

    Note: The Check In Qld app QR code may be made available inside the entrance to the shared disability accommodation service.

  5. A person who is permitted to enter a shared disability accommodation service under this Direction as a visitor or volunteer, must at the time of entry provide the person’s contact information to the operator of a shared disability accommodation service by:

    1. using the Check In Qld App; or

    2. providing their contact details to the operator of a shared disability accommodation service to be registered using the Business Profile mode of the Check In Qld app; or

    3. if another method of collection is being used under paragraph 21, using that method.

  6. If a visitor or volunteer is unable to provide contact information because of age, disability or an inability to speak or comprehend the language used by the Check In Qld App or the other method of collection, another person may provide contact information on the visitor’s or volunteer’s behalf.

  7. Despite paragraph 15 a person who is permitted to enter a shared disability accommodation service under this Direction as a visitor or volunteer is not required to provide their contact information to the operator of a shared disability accommodation service if:

    1. the visitor or volunteer is entering a shared disability accommodation service in an emergency or entering to provide emergency services; or

    2. the visitor or volunteer is under the age of 16 years old; or

    3. it is not reasonable for a visitor or volunteer to provide contact information based on compassionate grounds or a risk to a visitor’s or volunteer’s safety.

      Example – a support person arriving at the service to respond to an emergency situation relating to a resident is not required to provide their contact information on entry to the shared disability accommodation service.

Collection of contact information using another method due to temporary circumstances

  1. If an operator of a shared disability accommodation service cannot electronically collect contact information for visitors or volunteers to the shared disability accommodation service at the time of entry because it is not possible to use the Check In Qld app due to unexpected circumstances or because the business is located in a place that does not have mobile internet data connection, the person must collect and keep contact information using another method.

    Example – another electronic method such as a spreadsheet or another method such as a paper-based form

    Note - unexpected circumstances may include temporary issues with failure of an internet service or breakdown in the Check In Qld app.

  2. If contact information is collected using ‘another method’ under paragraph 21, the operator of a shared disability accommodation service must:

    1. use best endeavours to transfer any non-electronic information to an electronic system within 24 hours of collecting the information; and

    2. comply with the requirements for collection and storage; and

    3. if requested, provide the information collected under paragraph 21 and the electronic information under paragraph 22 to a public health officer within a stated time.

PART 4 –VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS

Obligations for visitors entering a shared disability accommodation service

  1. A visitor or volunteers aged 16 years or older who enters or remains in a shared disability accommodation service must, prior to entry, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant.

  2. If a visitor or volunteers is unable to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant because of age, disability or language barrier or technology used when requesting the proof or evidence, another person may provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical contraindication or evidence of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant on the person’s behalf.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or medical contraindication

  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic) includes:

    1. written confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination provided to the person as part of the vaccination process, such as a record of vaccine card; or

    2. vaccination information displayed on the Check in Qld app; or

    3. a COVID-19 digital certificate or printed vaccination certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register; or

    4. an online or printed immunisation history statement for COVID-19 vaccination, including confirmation of a medical contraindication; or

      Note: A patron’s immunisation history statement can be obtained from the Australian Government using myGov, the Medicare mobile app or by calling the Australian Immunisation Register and requesting a statement to be posted.

      Note: If a person is unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccination because of a recognised medical contraindication, they must provide evidence of a medical contraindication. Upon provision of evidence of a recognised medical contraindication, a person will be treated as if they are fully vaccinated.

    5. evidence of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant;

    6. an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate:

      1. in a printed or electronic form from the Department of Home Affairs that confirms completion of an Digital Passenger Declaration and vaccination against COVID-19 overseas; or

      2. through Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app; or

      3. an official record of vaccination provided to the person when vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas.

Requirements for operators in relation to visitors and volunteers

  1. An operator of a shared disability accommodation service, must, make all reasonable efforts to confirm that the visitor or volunteer entering and remaining on their premises is fully vaccinated by requesting and sighting proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic).

  2. An operator of a shared disability accommodation service is not required to request a visitor’s or volunteer’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination or evidence of recognised medial contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant (printed or electronic) under paragraph 26 if:

    1. the visitor or volunteer is or appears to be younger than 16 years old; or

      NOTE: Whilst a person who is 5 years or older is eligible to be fully vaccinated, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is only required for a visitor or volunteers who is 16 years or older.

    2. the visitor or volunteer is exercising law enforcement, intelligence, or national security functions on behalf of a government agency; or

    3. the visitor or volunteer enters in an emergency or is entering to provide emergency services; or

    4. it is not reasonable to collect proof of COVID-19 vaccination due to a risk to the safety of staff and other visitors or volunteers.

PART 5 – VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS

  1. A student must not enter, or remain on, the premises of a shared disability accommodation service for the purpose of a placement in connection with an enrolled course of study, unless they are a vaccinated student.

  2. A vaccinated student must provide evidence of having received the prescribed number of doses of their COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose where eligible.

    Note: A vaccinated student can provide evidence of vaccination in their immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register. A vaccinated student can obtain their immunisation history statement from the Australian Government using myGov, the Medicare mobile app or by calling the Australian Immunisation Register and requesting a statement to be posted. Information is available at: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register/how-get-immunisation-history-statement.

    Note: a student is unvaccinated if they have not received the prescribed doses of a COVID-19 vaccine including where that is because they have a medical contraindication or if they are unable to be vaccinated as a result of participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

PART 6 — EXEMPTION

  1. The Queensland Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or their delegate may grant an exemption, with or without conditions, in writing to a visitor to whom paragraph 5(a) to (e) applies:

    1. for an end of life visit; or

    2. in other exceptional circumstances;

  2. from all or part of this direction to an individual or class of individuals.

  3. A visitor who enters a shared disability accommodation service under an exemption granted under paragraph 30 must comply with all conditions imposed by the Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or delegate under the exemption.

  4. If a visitor enters a shared disability accommodation service under paragraph 30, the operator of the shared disability accommodation service must take reasonable steps to manage the person’s visit in accordance with the conditions imposed by the Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or delegate under the exemption.

    Example: The operator of a shared disability accommodation service may need to ensure the resident being visited is in a single room, the visitor wears appropriate personal protective equipment, is escorted to and from the room, and avoids common areas and contact with other residents, visitors and staff

PART 7 — OTHER MATTERS

  1. An emergency officer (public health) can require the operator of a shared disability accommodation service to comply with additional directions if the emergency officer believes the direction is reasonably necessary to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

  2. Definitions used in this Direction are in Schedule 1.

PART 8 – PENALTIES

A person to whom the direction applies commits an offence if the person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the direction.

Section 362D of the Public Health Act 2005 provides:

Failure to comply with public health directions

  • A person to whom a public health direction applies must comply with the direction unless the person has a reasonable excuse.
  • Maximum penalty—100 penalty units or 6 months imprisonment.

Dr John Gerrard
Chief Health Officer

12 March 2022

Published on the Queensland Health website at 9:15 am

SCHEDULE 1 - Definitions

For the purposes of this Public Health Direction:

Australia means the Commonwealth of Australia and includes the external territories of Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands and Heard and McDonald Islands but excludes the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Business Profile mode means the ability for businesses to electronically register by entering customer contact details via ‘Check in Qld Business Profile mode’ listed in the profile section of the app.

Check In Qld app means the app developed by the Queensland Government for contact tracing purposes which, when used by a person, provides the Queensland Government with the person’s contact information and details of the person’s attendance at a shared disability accommodation service.

Note – Each person should check in individually using the Check In Qld app or have a person in their group or the service check in on their behalf.

Close contact has the same meaning as in the Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No. 4,) or its successor

Contact information means the information collected by the Check in Qld app or, if another collection method is permitted under this Direction, the name, phone number, email address, and the date and time of attendance of visitors, volunteers and students.

COVID-19 digital certificate means an electronic certificate outlining a person’s vaccination status for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 PCR test means for a person who is:

  1. 12 months of age or over, an oropharyngeal and deep nasal swab of a person who is 12 months of age or over, for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether a person has the COVID-19 virus.

  2. under 12 months of age, a saliva swab for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether a person has the COVID-19 virus.

    Note: A COVID-19 PCR test does not include a self-test.

COVID-19 RAT means a Rapid Antigen Test approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to detect whether the person has the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 test means a COVID-19 PCR test or a COVID-19 RAT approved for use in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements has the same meaning as in the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 3) or its successors.

COVID-19 vaccine means a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration or endorsed by WHO-COVAX and the vaccine was obtained overseas.

COVID-19 vaccine trial means a medical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine under either the Clinical Trial Notification or Clinical Trial Approval schemes regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

COVID-19 vaccine trial participant means a person who:

  1. is an active participant in a COVID-19 vaccine trial; and

  2. provides a medical certificate or letter from a medical practitioner, registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) associated with the COVID-19 vaccine trial confirming that:

    1. the person is participating in a Phase 3 or 4 COVID-19 vaccine trial; and

    2. the person has received at least one active dose of the COVID-19 vaccine being trialled.

Diagnosed person has the same meaning as in the Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.5 or its successor.

Eligible health professional means any of the following:

  • a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a person listed on Medicare’s Vocation Register of General Practitioners (as defined by the Health Insurance Act 1973 Cth); or

  • a practice registrar on an approved 3GA training placement; or

  • a paediatrician; or

  • a public health physician; or

  • an infectious diseases physician; or

  • a clinical immunologist.

Emergency officer (public health) means an emergency officer appointed under the Public Health Act 2005.
Note: Emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act 2005 include environmental health officers and police.

Emergency services responder means:

  1. a member of the Queensland Police Service, National Security, Border Patrol or the Australian Defence Force who, in the performance of official duties, is responding to an emergency, providing an emergency service, undertaking a time critical legislated regulatory or compliance function;

  2. a member of the Queensland Ambulance Service, an officer of St John Ambulance Australia, or aeromedical services crew, such as RACQ Lifeflight crew, Royal Flying Doctor Service or CareFlight who, in the performance of official duties, is responding to an emergency, providing an emergency service;

  3. a member of the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Services and Fire and Rescue Service personnel who, in the performance of official duties, is responding to an emergency, providing an emergency service, undertaking a time critical legislated regulatory or compliance function;

  4. a disaster management responder who, in the performance of official duties, is responding to an emergency, providing an emergency service; or

  5. a union official responding to an emergent need

End of life visit means a visit by a person for the purposes of end-of-life support for a resident.

Essential community access means leaving the facility for essential activities, including to receive or access health care, disability services, attend employment, obtain food or other essential goods or services or access outdoor physical or recreational activity related to a person’s physical or mental wellbeing, including to assist with providing behavioral support.

Essential disability support means essential care and support provided to a person with disability, including but not limited to: bladder and bowel management, medication management, behavior management, respiratory management, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastromy (PEG) Changes, pressure relief/turning and wound care, assistance with feeding and hydration, and assistance with basic personal hygiene.

Evidence of a recognised medical contraindication means the person has a current:

  1. COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, or

  2. Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) immunisation medical exemptions form completed and signed by an eligible health professional for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Notes: some medical contraindications are temporary and therefore the record or completed form may only be valid for a period of time.

    A current completed and signed AIR immunisation medical exemption form is valid in printed or digital form.

Face mask means a flat surgical mask, P2/N95 mask or a cloth mask with three layers that covers the nose and mouth (but does not include a face shield) or other type of face mask required to be worn by a person to comply with any personal protective equipment guidelines and/or COVID safe plans for a facility or service.

Note – a scarf or bandana is not a face mask.

Fully vaccinated means a person who is 16 years of age or over has received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Note: Information about the World Health Organization COVAX program and WHO emergency use listing is available here: WHO COVID-19 vaccines.

Note: a person who has evidence of a medical contraindication is treated as being fully vaccinated

Immunisation history statement means a statement that displays all the immunisations a person has had that are on the Australian Immunisation Register.

Note: further information can be found on:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register

International arrival has the same meaning as under the Quarantine for International Arrivals Directions (No. 22).

International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate means a secure record of vaccinations for people travelling internationally that meets agreed international travel standards.

Note: further information can be found on:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/what-types-proof-there-are/international-covid-19-vaccination-certificate-proof

Isolate or Isolating or isolation has the same meaning as under the Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No. 5) or its successor.

Medical contraindication means a person has a current:

  1. COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register or

  2. Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) immunisation medical exemptions form completed and signed by an eligible health professional for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Notes: some medical contraindications are temporary and therefore the record or completed form may only be valid for a period of time.

    A current completed and signed AIR immunisation medical exemption form is valid in printed or digital form.

Operator of a disability accommodation service means a person who owns, controls or operates the disability accommodation service.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) means the relevant personal protective equipment referred to in Queensland Health’s Shared disability accommodation service and Disability Accommodation PPE Guidance

Physical distancing includes remaining at least 1.5 metres away from other persons where possible.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination means evidence provided as outlined in Part 4 that verifies a person is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Note: a person who provides or evidence of recognised medical contraindication or of being a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant is treated as if they are fully vaccinated.

Public health officer includes an emergency officer (general), a contact tracing officer or an authorised person under section 377 of the Public Health Act 2005.

Quarantine has the same meaning as under the Isolation for Diagnosed Cases of COVID-19 and Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.5) or its successor.

Requirements for collection and storage means:

  1. securely storing contact information and not using it for any other purpose, other than for contact tracing; and

  2. deleting the information after not less than 30 days and not more than 56 days.

Resident of a shared disability accommodation service means a person who is ordinarily or temporarily resident at the facility.

Shared disability accommodation service and Disability Accommodation PPE Guidance means the Queensland Health document Pandemic Response Guidance: Personal protective equipment in Residential Aged Care and Disability accommodation services [https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/1003633/pandemic-response-guide-ppe-agedcare-disability-services.pdf], or its successor.

Shared disability accommodation service means a service, including the forensic disability service under the Forensic Disability Act 2011, where:

  1. four or more people with disability reside with people who are not members of their family; and

  2. the residents share enclosed common living areas within the facility whether inside or outside, and

  3. the residents are provided with disability supports within the facility.

Student means a student who:

  1. in connection with an enrolled course of study, is undertaking a placement under the supervision of an employee or contractor at the disability accommodation services facility; or

  2. is entering the facility as part of the placement in connection with an enrolled course of study.

    Example for paragraph (b): a paramedical student.

Surveillance testing obligation means a requirement under a Public Health Direction or Protocol approved by the Chief Health Officer for a person to be routinely tested for COVID-19, who does not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is not required to self-isolate while awaiting a test result unless there is another lawful reason for them to isolate.

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), headache, loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Unvaccinated means the person has not received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinated Student means a student who has received the prescribed number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use in Australia or endorsed by WHO-COVAX and the vaccination was obtained overseas.

Note: Information about the World Health Organization COVAX program and WHO emergency use listing is available here: WHO COVID-19 vaccines

Visitor means a person who is entering the shared disability accommodation service for the purpose of collecting, visiting or providing support to a resident, but does not include:

  1. a resident of a shared disability accommodation service;

  2. an employee of the shared disability accommodation service, whether paid or not;

  3. a person who is a worker in a healthcare setting under the Workers in a healthcare setting (COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements) Direction (No. 3) or its successor;

  4. a contractor who is providing goods or services that are necessary for the effective operation of the shared disability accommodation service, whether the goods are provided for consideration or on a voluntary basis;

  5. a contractor who is providing health, medical, pathology or pharmaceutical services to a resident of the shared disability accommodation service, whether the goods or services are provided for consideration or on a voluntary basis;

  6. a contractor providing construction, repair, or maintenance services on an unscheduled or intermittent basis;

  7. emergency services staff;

  8. a student;

  9. a person undertaking a legislated, regulatory, or compliance function;

  10. union official undertaking official duties in response to an emergent need;

  11. a person, permitted by the operator of the shared disability accommodation service, to maintain continuity of care for a patient that cannot be delivered by electronic or non-contact means.

Volunteer means a person who enters the shared disability accommodation service to provide products or services on a voluntary basis, as part of their role with an organisation other than the shared disability accommodation service.

Last updated: 13 May 2022