Karen Sheldon Training
Coronavirus Response

Karen Sheldon Training is committed to providing a safe environment for all our staff and students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Face-to-face Training is still permitted, however, we abide strictly by the NT Government Directions and requirements by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Please work together with us to STOP THE SPREAD in the Northern Territory. 

Our COVID-19 Promise - All Karen Sheldon Staff and Students: 

  • Will wear masks during all times when mandated to do so, unless medical exemption is presented.

  • Must be vaccinated to attend Training and show you the digital certificate on arrival. 

  • Will use the Check in-app at all venues QR codes, or sign-in sheet equivalent. 

  • Will practice social distancing of 1.5m in all Training venues. 

  • Will not attend Training if sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • Will follow Government directions to self-isolate if sick or returning from travel. 

  •  Will practice in a safe and hygienic manner at all Karen Sheldon Training Venues. 

NT Government COVID-19 Updates

6 January 2022 - NT-wide lockout


Update from the Northern Territory Government A Territory-wide lockout will come into effect from 1pm today until noon on Monday, 10 January 2022. In a lockout, those people who are fully vaccinated are able to live normally and access all services with proof of their vaccination status. They are also permitted to travel across the Northern Territory as required. Those who are unvaccinated, including people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home for the lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following three reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID-19 testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, medications and electricity tokens
  3. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency.
Unvaccinated people must stay within a 30km radius of their home or the nearest practical destination if they need to leave for any of the three reasons. Unvaccinated people are not able to undertake exercise outside of the home, or attend their workplace. Unvaccinated parents are permitted to drop their child off at childcare or school holiday programs. NT Vaccine Pass On Monday, 10 January 2022, a Vaccine Pass system will come into effect requiring all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events. The NT Vaccine Pass will require all people to show proof that they are fully vaccinated, having had at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to enter the following premises:
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Casinos
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Ticketed events for over 500 people in urban centres and over 100 in non-urban centres.
Businesses, venues, activities and services must make sure all members of the public who attend are fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination status Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status includes:
  • The Territory Check-In App with your linked COVID-19 digital certificate
  • Your COVID-19 digital certificate, stored on your phone or printed
  • Your immunisation history statement, either stored on your phone or printed
  • An international COVID-19 vaccination certificate for overseas travel.
The easiest way to prove your vaccination status when checking in is by connecting your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Territory Check In app.




31 December 2021 - Territory-wide indoor mask mandate


Mask mandate From 6pm tonight an indoor mask wearing mandate will be introduced. A person must wear a mask while inside any premises, vehicle or vessel where they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. This includes pubs, clubs, restaurants, shopping centres, hairdressers, workplaces, public transport, taxi cabs, ride share and indoor boat cruises. Masks are not required to be worn in private residences or while exercising. Children under the age of 12 do not need to wear a mask. It is highly recommended that everyone wears a mask when outdoors, particularly at any large public outdoor events tonight. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all the health directions.

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine
  • Check in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.




31st Decemeber 2021 - New Close contact definition


New close contact definition Following the National Cabinet meeting yesterday, the NT is adopting a revised definition of a close contact being as someone who lives in a household with or is an intimate contact having spent four or more hours with a COVID-19 positive person. There also are new rules for positive cases, symptomatic close contact and asymptomatic close contacts:

  • A COVID-19 positive case who is double vaccinated is now required to isolate for seven days and can only exit isolation if they return a negative PCR test on Day 6.
  • Double vaccinated close contacts of a COVID-19 positive person need to isolate for seven days.
  • Double vaccinated close contacts who are symptomatic must isolate for seven days and are required to have a PCR test within the first three days and a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 6.
  • Double vaccinated close contacts who are asymptomatic must isolate for seven days and are required to have a Rapid Antigen Test within the first three days and a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 6 before they exit isolation.
  • Someone who is unvaccinated will follow the same rules but must isolate for 14 days, not seven, and must do an additional PCR test on Day 12 for a COVID-19 positive case or a Rapid Antigen Test for close contacts.
  • Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, someone who is identified as a close contact will be able to quarantine at home.
  • A person in quarantine or isolation at home will be required to use G2G to ensure compliance.




8th January 2022 - Direction on Face-to-Face Delivery of Training


Direction on Face-to-Face Service Delivery The National Plan to transition Australia’s COVID-19 response (National Plan) is approaching Phase C (Vaccination Consolidation) across the country. As vaccination targets are achieved across the country, restrictions are eased and interstate borders reopen, employment services will continue to play a crucial role in supporting Participants to safely connect with employment, training and other opportunities and assistance as the country’s economy recovers and employers re-hire workers. Accordingly, in this Direction, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department) provides direction on updated requirements in relation to face-to-face servicing. This Direction takes effect from 15 November 2021 and cancels and replaces the Direction on Return to Face-to-face Service Delivery issued on 23 February 2021. This Direction is consistent with the previous direction, however, provides additional clarity on the considerations Providers must factor into their decisions on the appropriateness of face-to-face Service delivery. This Direction may be revised as Phase D (Post-Vaccination) of the National Plan is reached. Consistent with current policy, where a Participant has mutual obligation requirements, Providers must continue to tailor these requirements to Participants’ individual circumstances, including consideration of their health, family, and caring responsibilities. Where a Participant is unable to meet a mutual obligation requirement for a reason beyond their control, and the Participant advises this in advance (if reasonable), this would be a valid reason for nonparticipation. This includes where, due to COVID-19 related risks, they consider participation would affect their safety, or the safety of an immediate family member or member of household, or where they are unvaccinated, and vaccination is a requirement. Decisions should continue to be made on a case-by-case basis. A return to face-to-face servicing (for areas coming out of lockdown) and the continuation of face-toface servicing arrangements elsewhere is critical in assisting Participants to promptly secure employment as the economy recovers and businesses re-hire workers. In determining the appropriateness of face-to-face Service delivery, the Department directs Providers to ensure that the following conditions are met: (1) Face-to-face servicing is safe. Providers must ensure that any face-to-face delivery is carried out in a safe manner; is appropriate for the relevant Participant, the Provider’s staff and others from a work health and safety perspective, and is permitted by, and consistent with, State and Territory public health orders. In this regard, the Provider: (a) must consult guidance and information published by Safe Work Australia and the relevant work health and safety regulator; (b) must have a COVID-Safe plan, in accordance with the requirements specified by the relevant State and Territory government, in place for each of the Sites where face-toface delivery will be provided; (c) must ensure that face-to-face Services are delivered in accordance with the Provider’s relevant COVID-Safe plan and the above guidance; (d) must ensure that each relevant Activity Host Organisation or Host Organisation has a COVID-Safe plan (or similar), in accordance with the requirements specified by the relevant State and Territory government, in place for each Activity which involves faceto-face participation prior to the Provider placing a Participant into that Activity; (e) must proactively request, and record, each Participants’ COVID-19 vaccination status; and (f) may implement COVID vaccine-related restrictions relating to face-to-face servicing if the Provider considers it reasonable and necessary in their business circumstances, but must ensure that: (i) local health advice is followed and the circumstances of individual Participants, including any exemptions, are considered; and (ii) non face-to-face servicing remains available for all Participants who are unable to satisfy any vaccine-related restrictions or who decline to disclose information about their vaccination status. (2) Face-to-face servicing is beneficial to the individual Participant. In making this determination, Providers must consider and weigh the following: (a) the benefits to a Participant in receiving Services in person, including, but not limited to, whether a direct and personalised connection with the Provider will: (i) improve the Participant’s prospects for a successful (re)entry into the labour market; (ii) help the Participant meet any mutual obligation requirements; or (iii) provide the Participant with mental health benefits; and (b) the level of risk to the Participant and other individuals, such as considering the Participant’s vaccination status and local COVID-19 factors, and must record any determination(s) that face-to-face servicing is not beneficial to the individual Participant on an ongoing basis, and as required if circumstances change. (3) It is reasonable in the circumstances to offer the Participant services in a face-to-face format. During Phase C of the National Plan, circumstances where it is not reasonable to provide a Participant with Services face-to-face include where they: (a) genuinely consider that participation in face-to-face servicing would affect, or may potentially affect, their safety or that of an immediate family or household member, (b) are unvaccinated, or decline to disclose their vaccination status, in a jurisdiction where health orders require vaccination for face-to-face servicing, or (c) are unable to meet the minimum COVID-safe requirements set by the relevant State or Territory Government. Where a Provider is not satisfied that all the above conditions are met, the Provider must arrange or use alternative suitable and safe means to deliver the relevant Services, including phone, video and/or online. For the avoidance of doubt, this is applicable to all Services (including Activities, other courses, or training) that were arranged on or before the date of this Direction. This Direction incorporates the attached Face-to-face Servicing Arrangements - Provider Factsheet which provides further instruction on the factors Providers must take into account to determine whether face-to-face servicing is beneficial to Participants, reasonable in the circumstances and safe, and how Providers must record Participants’ vaccination status. This Direction has precedence and should be referred to over other material, including the factsheet. For more information on your local COVID-19 requirements, safe practices and workplace principles, please refer to www.australia.gov.au, www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au, and your relevant State or Territory health authority information. Links to enforceable government health and emergency directions and COVID-Safe plans are available at: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces.




10th January 2022 - Territory Lockout ends today. Masks still mandatory.


Lockout restrictions The Territory-wide lockout ended at noon today. A lockout will continue in Yuendumu and Yuelamu for at least five days due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases and the low vaccination rate in both communities. In a lockout, those people who are fully vaccinated are able to live normally and access all services with proof of their vaccination status. Those who are unvaccinated, including people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home for the lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  3. For one hour of outdoor exercise a day within 5 km of your home with one other person or people from your house
  4. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves. In case of an emergency.
Those people who are fully vaccinated are able to travel between Yuendumu and Yuelamu. Mask Mandate A Territory-wide indoor mask mandate remains in place. Vaccine Pass The Territory Vaccine Pass came into effect at noon today and requires all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events. Under the Vaccine Pass, customers are required to show proof they are fully vaccinated, having had at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to enter the following premises:
  • Pubs and clubs
  • Casinos
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Ticketed events for over 500 people in urban centres and over 100 in non-urban centres.
The Vaccine Pass applies to all people aged 16 years and over in the Northern Territory. Businesses, venues, activities and services should take reasonable steps to make sure customers show proof of their vaccination status before they enter the premises. Proof of vaccination status Proof of the COVID-19 vaccination status includes:
  • The Territory Check-In App linked to the COVID-19 digital certificate
  • A COVID-19 digital certificate, stored on a mobile phone or printed
  • A immunisation history statement, either stored on a mobile phone or printed
  • An international COVID-19 vaccination certificate for overseas travel.
The easiest way to show proof of your vaccination status when checking in is by connecting your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Territory Check In app. Close contacts A person is considered a close contact if:
  • They reside in the same household /premises as a COVID-19 positive person
  • Have spent 4 hours or more indoors with a COVID-19 positive person while they were infectious over a 24-hour period.
Essential workers, who are close contacts undertaking isolation, may leave isolation to undertake their essential work if they:
  • Have no COVID-19 symptoms
  • Are fully vaccinated, having had at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Have a negative Rapid Antigen Test each day before attending work
  • Monitor for symptoms
Essential workers are not required to go to work if they are close contacts in isolation, but can choose to. See list of essential workers. COVID-19 Testing Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, change in taste or smell and a sore throat. COVID-19 testing sites are open in Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Testing is also available at NT Health clinics in remote communities. To arrange a COVID-19 test please book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484. The latest public exposure sites in the NT are listed on the COVID-19 website. It is critical all people check-in using The Territory Check In app everywhere, every time, no matter how long you are there for. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all the health directions.
  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine
  • Check in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly




8th January 2022 - Public Health Measures and COVID Testing


Public Health Measures To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the rate of transmission, the following public health measures are in place across the Northern Territory:

  • A Territory-wide lockout until noon on Monday, 10 January 2022
  • A Territory-wide indoor mask mandate
  • Only residents and essential workers may enter excluded communities in the Northern Territory, and must have a negative Rapid Antigen Test on the day of entry
COVID-19 Testing Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, change in taste or smell and a sore throat. COVID-19 testing sites are open in Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Testing is also available at NT Health clinics in remote communities. To arrange a COVID-19 test please book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484. The latest public exposure sites in the NT are listed on the COVID-19 website. It is critical all people check-in using The Territory Check In app everywhere, every time, no matter how long you are there for. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all the health directions.
  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine
  • Check in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.




9th January 2022 - Positive cases and contact tracing


Positive cases and contact tracing As we transition to a living with COVID model, changes have been made to the notification and management of COVID positive cases. The model will make sure every Territorian who has COVID-19, has a clear pathway of care and support and knows how to access help if they need it. All people who live in an urban centre who receive a COVID positive result will be notified through an automated SMS message and will be required to complete an online registration form. This applies to people living in Greater Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs who receive either a positive PCR test result or Rapid Antigen Test result. COVID positive people in urban settings will be required to complete an online registration form which will be used to inform health professionals about the level of care required and if this can be undertaken safely at home with follow-up contact from health. Those people who cannot complete the form or those people living in remote communities will still be contacted by NT Health with a phone call. COVID positive people should notify members of their household and any close contacts that they have received a positive test result. For more information on what to do if you are COVID positive visit https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/stay-safe/covid-19-positive





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Contact information

 

Karen Sheldon Training Helpline: (08) 7919 7099 (8am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)

NT COVID-19 hotline: 1800 490 48424 hours, 7 days a week

 

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 

Call 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19.
The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use the National Relay Service to access any of the department’s listed phone numbers. You can visit the National Relay Service website or call 1300 555 727.

Healthdirect hotline:

 

Call 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse about your health concerns.
The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.