Superseded - Home Quarantine for Household Members of an Overseas Traveller Direction
This direction has been superseded on 15 January 2022. See the current Home Quarantine for Household Members of an Overseas Traveller Direction (No. 2).
Effective from: 8:30am AEST 11 December 2021
Posted on: 11 December 2021
Superseded on: 15 January 2022
Direction from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared public health emergency
Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
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 December 2021 and may be further extended.
Further to this declaration, l, Dr Peter Aitken, Chief Health Officer, reasonably believe it is necessary to give the following direction 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.
A household member residing with an overseas traveller, must comply with the requirements of this Public Health Direction from the arrival of the overseas traveller at the shared nominated residential quarantine premises in Queensland for home quarantine.
Separately from the requirements under Public Health Directions, under sections 362G and 362H of the Public Health Act 2005, a person may be given a direction by an emergency officer (public health) to stay at or in a particular place for up to 14 days if the emergency officer believes it is reasonably necessary to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
This Public Health Direction is to be read in conjunction with other Public Health Directions issued under section 362B of the Public Health Act 2005 that have not expired or been revoked.
This Public Health Direction establishes a requirement to home quarantine and the quarantine conditions for a household member of an overseas traveller completing home quarantine at a nominated residential quarantine premises.
This Public Health Direction may be referred to as the Home Quarantine for Household Members of an Overseas Traveller.
This Public Health Direction applies from 1:00 am 13 December until the end of the declared public health emergency, unless revoked or amended.
The Public Health Direction Home Quarantine for Domestic Travellers from a COVID- 19 hotspot Direction given on 15 November 2021 is revoked from 9:00 am (AEST) on 11 December 2021.
This Public Health Direction applies to a person residing at a nominated residential quarantine premises at the same time as an overseas traveller, during the quarantine period for the overseas traveller.
PART 1 – QUARANTINE CONDITIONS FOR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS
Each person who is a household member residing at a nominated residential quarantine premises with an overseas traveller during the quarantine period must home quarantine until:
the end of the fourteenth day after the overseas traveller arrived into Queensland and arrived at the nominated residential quarantine premises to quarantine, or
such time permitted under the Quarantine for other Requirements of International Arrivals Direction (No. 16) or its successor, that ends the quarantine period for the overseas traveller before the fourteenth day; or
such time as another public health direction requires the overseas traveller or a household member to isolate or to comply with different quarantine requirements.
Note: where the domestic traveller is permitted under the Quarantine for other Requirements of International Arrivals Direction (No. 16) or its successors to end their quarantine period early to leave Queensland (provided they have first obtained a negative COVID-19 PCR test result), the household members may also end their home quarantine once the overseas traveller has left.
Note: where a household member or the overseas traveller becomes a diagnosed person or a close contact, the requirements of the Designated COVID-19 Hospital Network Direction (No.4) or the Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.3) will apply rather than this direction.
Example: a household member of an overseas traveller that arrived at Brisbane Airport at 1pm on 1 May (day 0) and then travelled by private vehicle to the private residence must quarantine from the time the overseas traveller arrives at the private residence until 1pm on 15 May (day 14).
Permitted purposes to leave the nominated residential quarantine premises during quarantine
Each person who is a household member at the nominated residential quarantine premises during the quarantine period must not leave the nominated residential quarantine premises for 14 days other than for the following permitted purposes:
to obtain essential medical care at a hospital; or
to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; or
in the event of an emergency situation; or
to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test; or
if the person is a minor, for the purpose of traveling in prescribed transport to reside in a second premises to fulfil an existing obligation relating to shared parenting or child contact provided:
neither the overseas traveller nor the minor has symptoms consistent with COVID-19; and
the overseas traveller has had a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the 24 hours prior to the minor moving to the second premises.
Note: this subparagraph only applies to established and/or long-term arrangements e.g. a week-on week-off shared parenting arrangement.
Note: only those in the household due to have a COVID-19 PCR test are to travel together to obtain a test; household members not undertaking a COVID-19 PCR test must remain at the private residence unless one of them is required to drive the others.
Permitted purposes for other persons to enter the nominated residential quarantine premises during quarantine
Each person who is a household member at the nominated residential quarantine premises during the quarantine period must also not permit any other person to enter the nominated residential quarantine premises unless that other person:
resides, or usually resides, in the nominated residential quarantine premises and is also or will be quarantining at the nominated residential quarantine premises; or
enters to provide emergency, medical or other essential care to a person residing in the nominated residential quarantine premises, including a COVID-19 PCR test; or
enters to respond to an emergency situation; or
is an essential worker required to attend the property; or
enters as otherwise required or permitted under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health).
Example 1: a fly in fly out (FIFO) worker who usually lives at the private residence is working away in Longreach when the overseas traveller arrives in Queensland. The FIFO worker doesn’t return home until the 5th day of home quarantine. The FIFO worker must home quarantine with the overseas traveller for the remaining nine days of the quarantine period, or stay in alternative accommodation.
Example 2: an electrical fault at the private residence causes shutdown of refrigerators and other electrical appliances including medical devices. An electrician is required to fix the fault and restore power to refrigerators and the medical devices. The electrician is an essential worker.
Example 3: a toilet is blocked and sewerage is leaking into the private residence, creating a health hazard. The plumber who is called to fix the toilet and sewerage leak is an essential worker.
Example 4: a State Emergency Services worker may attend a property as an essential worker after a severe weather event if the work required is essential work but may not enter the private residence where persons are quarantining.
Example 5: a cleaner or gardener is not considered an essential worker during quarantine and cannot attend a property that is a private residence to provide services during the quarantine period, regardless if they enter the private residence or not.
Other quarantine at home requirements
Each person who is a household member at the nominated residential quarantine premises during the quarantine period must:
use prescribed transport to attend a COVID-19 PCR testing centre when testing is required during the quarantine period; and
ensure any groceries, essential household items or essential medical supplies required by the household during the quarantine period are organised and stocked before arrival of the overseas traveller wherever practicable, and otherwise obtained by contactless delivery to the nominated residential quarantine premises
undertake a COVID-19 PCR test if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the quarantine period; and
wear a face mask at all times when leaving the property for a permitted purpose or when a person enters the property for a permitted purpose; and
use only prescribed transport when travelling to or from the nominated residential quarantine premises for a permitted purpose.
A household member attending a COVID-19 PCR testing centre for a COVID-19 PCR test must:
where possible, attend for COVID-19 PCR testing at a drive through testing centre; and
wear a face mask when attending the COVID-19 PCR testing centre, unless the household member is aged under 12 years of age or cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons; and
on arrival at the COVID-19 PCR testing centre, advise the healthcare professionals that they are in quarantine and are attending for symptomatic testing; and
maintain at least 1.5 metres physical distance from all persons other than members of their household, except when receiving the COVID-19 PCR test; and
immediately after the COVID-19 PCR testing is completed, return to the nominated residential quarantine premises by prescribed transport, without stopping, except in an emergency or if directed to do so by law enforcement, and using the most direct route practicable.
If a household member refuses to be tested as required under this public health direction, they must complete a further 14 days of quarantine.
If requested by an emergency officer (public health) or a contact tracing officer, a household member must:
provide their contact information including full name, date of birth, telephone number, email address and residential address; and
if a parent, guardian or responsible adult of a minor, must provide the minor’s name and their date of birth; and
any other information or documents required by an emergency officer (public health) or a contact tracing officer.
PART 2 – END OF HOME QUARANTINE FOR HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS
For a household member subject to Part 1, the quarantine period ends at the end of the overseas traveller’s quarantine period
Note: a household member who becomes a diagnosed person must then isolate in accordance with the Designated COVID-19 Hospital Network Direction (No.4).
Note: a household member who fails to comply with the quarantine conditions may be directed by an emergency officer (public health) to quarantine in government nominated accommodation.
Note: the quarantine period under this public health direction may also end when new isolation or quarantine requirements apply under another public health direction.
PART 3 – RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS
A household member quarantining in nominated residential quarantine premises with an overseas traveller is required to maintain contact records for any essential worker attending the property during their quarantine period as permitted under paragraph 7. The records that are required to be kept are:
the date, time and location at which the essential worker entered the property; and
if possible, the name, phone number and email address of the essential worker who entered the property.
Any records required to be kept under paragraph 13 must be provided to an emergency officer (public health) or contact tracing officer, if requested.
Note: Where there are multiple household members quarantining in the private residence, only one set of contact records need to be kept for an essential worker attending the property during the quarantine period.
PART 4 – EXEMPTIONS
The Chief Health Officer, the Deputy Chief Health Officer or their delegate may grant a person an exemption from all or part of these directions on the basis of extreme exceptional circumstances.
An exemption may be given on conditions and if so, the person given the exemption must comply with the conditions.
PART 5 – 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 Peter Aitken
Chief Health Officer
11 December 2021
Published on the Queensland Health website at 9:00 am
Schedule 1 Definitions
Contactless collection of a hire vehicle means the hire vehicle is collected at the airport of final destination in Queensland by a household member before the overseas traveller arrives, or which the overseas traveller pays for and collects by cashless and contactless means.
Close contact has the same meaning as in the Management of Close Contacts Direction (No.3) or its successor.
Contactless delivery means a delivery made without any physical contact between the delivery person and the persons home quarantining in the nominated residential quarantine premises and paid for using cashless and contactless payment methods.
COVID-19 hotspot means a COVID-19 hotspot declared by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
COVID-19 PCR test means for a person who is:
12 months of age or over, an oropharyngeal and deep nasal 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; or
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.
Diagnosed person means a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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 includes environmental health officers and police.
Endorsed transport provider means a person, business or entity that provides a transport service to a person who is required to quarantine and is endorsed by a government authority and has a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer.
Note: Information about endorsed transport providers and Transport Plans is available here: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/covid-19-testing-for-quarantine-facility-workers/endorsed-transport-providers.
Essential medical supplies include medicines prescribed by a doctor or dispensed by a pharmacist that are necessary to maintain treatment of the person’s pre-existing medical conditions, or to treat an urgent medical condition where the absence of prompt treatment would likely produce an adverse health outcome for the person.
Essential worker has the same meaning as essential worker in the Border Restrictions Direction No. 56 or its successors.
Face mask means a flat surgical mask, P2/N95 mask or a cloth face mask with three layers that covers the nose and mouth (but does not include a face shield).
Note: a scarf or bandana is not a face mask.
Government-nominated accommodation means hotel or other accommodation premises at which the person is directed to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health).
Home quarantine means quarantine for:
an overseas traveller at a nominated residential quarantine premises complying with the quarantine conditions in Part 2BD of Quarantine and other Requirements for International Arrivals Direction (No. 16), or its successor, for the duration of the quarantine period; or
a household member also residing at the private residence during the quarantine period, under this Public Health Direction.
Household member means any person who is residing at a nominated residential quarantine premises where the overseas traveller is undertaking their home quarantine and who will continue to reside at the nominated residential quarantine premises during the quarantine period for the overseas traveller.
Minor means a person under the age of 18 years.
Nominated residential quarantine premises means a self-contained dwelling with no shared common areas accessible by any persons other than those residing at the property.
Note: A self-contained dwelling may include a duplex, townhouse or ground floor apartment where there are no shared common areas, with separate or external entrance that requires no access via shared enclosed areas such as a foyer, stairwell or lift. It may include temporary commercial accommodation (for example, a short-term rental accommodation). It does not include an apartment within a high-rise building, hotel room, accommodation with shared facilities, a dormitory or caravan.
Overseas traveller means a person eligible to undertake home quarantine under the Quarantine and other Requirements for International Arrivals Direction (No.16) or its successors.
Premises has the same meaning as in Schedule 2 of the Public Health Act 2005 but excludes vehicles, and for premises that are a hospital, means the person’s allocated room or ward within the hospital.
Prescribed transport means any of the following with a maximum seating capacity of no more than 11 passengers:
a private vehicle driven by the overseas traveller or a household member who will be home quarantining at the nominated residential quarantine premises; or
a hire vehicle obtained via contactless collection for use solely by the overseas traveller and household members for a permitted purpose during the quarantine period at the nominated residential quarantine premises; or
a private vehicle driven by a overseas traveller that the overseas traveller accessed by a contactless process and that during the quarantine period, only the overseas traveller or a household member who quarantines with the overseas traveller under the Home Quarantine for Household Members of an Overseas Traveller (No.2) travels in; or
an endorsed transport provider.
Note: travel in a private vehicle may include being driven for a permitted purpose by one other household member. It does not include any form of public transport, taxi or rideshare.
Quarantine conditions means the conditions set out in Part 1 of this Public Health Direction.
Quarantine period means:
for the overseas traveller - the 14 day period commencing from the arrival of the overseas traveller in Queensland, or
for a household member – the period commencing from the arrival of the overseas traveller at the shared nominated residential quarantine premises and ending as determined under Part 2; or
for either of the above - any alternative period of quarantine as directed by an emergency officer (public health).
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.