Details of key workers eligible for COVID isolation waiver amid staff shortages

Health, wellbeing, care and support

– Healthcare, including paramedical care
– Dentistry
– Therapy (including physiotherapy, exercise massage, Eastern medicine, mental health care)
– Clinics/Laboratories
– Blood/plasma donation
– Medical, pharmaceutical and health supplies (including PPE)
– Housing/homelessness support
– Welfare Services
– Drug and alcohol services
– Support for disabled/vulnerable persons
– Residential aged care
– Veterinary, animal welfare and housing
– End of life services (including crematorium, cemetery, mortuary services)

Food, drink and other critical goods

– Agriculture and farming
– Essential food, drinks, groceries
– Pet/Pet Supplies
– Essential office supplies, newspapers and magazines
– Building and landscaping supplies
– Catering (for takeaway or food delivery)

Transport, freight and logistics

– Road, rail, air and maritime transport services
– Transport activities
– Delivery services
– Distribution centers
– Port activities (including airports) and import/export
– Delivery services
– Post offices
– Passenger transport
– Taxis and shared rides
– Moving service
– Vehicle repairs and maintenance including disinfection, roadside assistance and towing
– Vehicle rental

Energy, resources and water, and waste management

– Energy supply (electricity, liquid fuels, gas)
– Water supply, sewage, sanitation and drainage
– Supply of resources, including mining and FIFO workers
– Recovery of waste sources (including collection, treatment, storage and disposal services)

Telecommunications, data, broadcasting and media

– Telecommunications Services
– Journalism and media services for providing news or information to the public
– Broadcast

Financial and insurance services

– Pension services
– Insurance services
– Other financial services
– Additional support services*

Education and childcare

– Education and training services
– Pre-school education and care
– Adult education and higher education

Building and construction

– Urgent repairs or maintenance
– Completion of the building or construction in progress, as far as to ensure that the construction sites are safe and stable
– Building and construction work to enable or support essential functions (e.g. health and quarantine facilities)

Emergency Services, Security, Law Enforcement, Justice and Correctional Services

– Police, fire and rescue, ambulance and other emergency, security and crisis response
– Defense and National Security
– Operation of courts/tribunals, correctional centers
– Legal services

Essential Research

– Research essential to public health and Australian society and economy
– Continuation of investigation that cannot be stopped and restarted
– Research with clinical trials and animal facilities

Critical Government Functions, Federal, State or Local Government, and Public Works

– Administration of Social Security Benefits, Workers Compensation, Child Benefit, Medicare
– Hold elections
– Australian Parliament functions/requirements
– Consular and diplomatic services
– Operation, inspection, maintenance of public property, land and infrastructure (including roads)
– Regulatory Activities

Accommodation and real estate

– Private inspections to facilitate new leases, end of lease or the sale of a property
– Conducting online auctions and processing sales and rental agreements.
– Accommodation for existing guests, essential workers, for welfare purposes or for quarantine

Jobs that support the above categories

– Sourcing, production, manufacturing, processing, packaging, distribution of materials and products
– Administrative, Regulatory, Operational, Logistics, Communications, Occupational Health and Safety, Labor Relations, Customer Support
– IT Support, Cyber ​​Security, Engineers, Technicians, Legal Support, Research
– Cleaners, installation, construction, maintenance and repair (including plumbing, electricians, pest control, locksmiths, technicians)
– Provision of accommodation and food to those who perform essential functions


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