Australian Capital Territory

ACT Department of Health

ACT Health – (02) 5124 9213 of after hours (02) 9962 4155 |

  • View the latest Directions for ACT aged care providers
  • ACT Health's COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Sector Preparedness and Response plan can be accessed here
  • Visit the ACT Health Aged Care COVID-19 website for information on PPE, RAT, Workforce, Vaccinations and more
  • COVID-19 - advice for ACT retirement village operators can be found in the amended Retirement Villages Act 2012 (ACT) sections 107(3A), 112(A), 117(1A) and (1B), 159(2A) and (2B), 261(A), 265 and Dictionary definition of “COVID-19” emergency.  Section 265 sets out the expiration periods that apply to each.


Latest News

25 March 2022: Reminder – Booster vaccinations required for ACT workers
A reminder that booster vaccinations are required for all ACT residential, in home and community aged care workers next week. The Department of Health has distributed e-lerts to residential aged care managers and IPC leads, and to home and community care providers, to support workers to get their boosters. This is required in the ACT from Monday 28 March 2022 under public health directions.

A set of 3 posters are also available for display in your facilities to support staff with relevant information.

25 February 2022: Changes to ACT Public Health Directions for high-risk settings
Changes to the ACT Public Health Directions have come into effect todya regarding: changes to the use of face masks; changes to visitor limits for residential aged care facilities; mandatory requirements for reporting positive RAT results; and changes to quarantine requirements for recently recovered cases. Read more

14 February 2022: Dedicated Vaccination Hubs for care workers
The Department of Health has provided an updated list of dedicated vaccination hubs for the aged care workforce, as at 14 February. It is important that workers and providers understand that these hubs are time limited. If these hubs offer a more convenient option for getting booster vaccinations, please ensure you book appointments without delay.

19 January 2022: Booster interval brought forward to three months
People aged 18 and over will now be able to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine three months after receiving their second dose in the ACT. This change had initially been slated to come into effect from 31 January 2022, but has been brought forward as vaccine supply in the ACT is plentiful and capacity is available at the ACT Government's vaccination clinics. Read more

18 January 2022: Message from the ACT Chief Health Officer
An important message from the ACT Chief Health Officer with a COVID-19 update for RACFs including information on a new resource package from ACT Health that is now available for ACT RACFs to manage COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks at their facility. Read more

12 January 2022: Rapid Antigen Test results now reportable through ACT COVID-19 website
People who have recorded a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) are now able to notify ACT Health directly of this result through the ACT COVID-19 website. The new online reporting form is now available. A Check In CBR push notification will be sent to users to let them know the reporting form is live. Learn more