Know Your Rights: Surveillance testing

15-Jul-2021

The NSW Government have now established requirements for mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing. Surveillance testing occurs when a person has no symptoms, has not been to an exposures site and has not undertaken testing in line with any other directions of the public health authorities.

Who has to get tested and when?

Whilst the directions commenced yesterday, the testing requirements will commence on the weekend. From Saturday 17th July:
  • LGA of the City of Fairfield residents who work in other LGAs must be tested for COVID-19 every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

The Order does not create any obligation for COVID-19 surveillance testing for a person who:

  • lives and works in the Fairfield LGA; or
  • works in the Fairfield LGA and is living or staying outside that area.

From Monday 19th July:

  • Workers from across Greater Sydney who work at locations more than 50km from the outer boundary of the Shellharbour, Wollongong, Wollondilly, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central Coast LGAs must be tested for COVID-19 every seven days, even if they do not have symptoms.

What do I have to show as evidence?

Workers will be prohibited from entering premises for work unless they have evidence of the test available for inspection by an employer or occupier of the premises or a police officer.

There is no requirement to isolate whilst waiting for results of a surveillance test. Workers do not need to provide evidence that they have returned a negative test.

Can I get tested on paid time?

At this stage ASMOF has been advised that ‘wherever possible’ testing for staff residing in the Fairfield LGA will occur during work hours. Arrangements are already underway for staff to be tested on site at some hospitals (see below). ASMOF will be advocating for all staff to undertake mandatory testing during work hours.

Interim requirements

From 14-16 July, workers from Fairfield LGA can continue to work in other LGAs if they have not been tested, however they must take reasonable steps to do so prior to 17 July.

From 14-18 July, workers from Greater Sydney can continue to work more than 50km from the outer boundary of the Shellharbour, Wollongong, Wollondilly, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Central Coast LGAs if they have not been tested, however they must take reasonable steps to do so prior to 19 July.