Reviewed: 20 April 2022
We are Prepared – Business Continuity
Alliance Community has actively monitored the situation from the outset, following advice from the Australian Government and Australian Government Department of Health with early preparations sustaining continued quality services to clients and customers, and providing support to employees.
Alliance Community established its own task force responsible for overseeing the situation, ensuring that current and evolving protocols identify risk of infection, and ensure COVIDsafe and infection control procedures are effectively implemented and adhered to. Successful implementation of remote work technologies has ensured we maintain the high level of the quality our clients have come to expect.
‘NEW’ BUSINESS as Usual: COVIDsafe
Since the emergence of COVID-19, business is not the same as before. The good news is, by taking the right measures, Alliance Community has demonstrated business can continue and we can assist our clients to be safe and flourish. Guided by the governance of our Clinical and Senior Leadership Team, these steps are being undertaken to protect our staff and customers:
Proactive screening, risk assessment and review of staff and clients, and ongoing monitoring
Staff are informed and have completed the government training on COVID-19 and infection control
Having PPE stocks available
Adhering to government advice on when our employees should wear PPE and rapidly updating our practices if government advice changes
Communicating our Emergency Preparedness and Mandatory Notification requirements to employees
Providing clear directives that our employees must not come to work or visit clients if they are unwell. In particular, if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) or have had close contact with someone who has been confirmed as having COVID-19, or someone who is currently being tested for COVID-19
Adoption of new work schedule and hygiene practices, tailored to the client and work environment
Reinforcing handwashing and hand-sanitising protocols: upon arrival, before/after direct contact and at regular intervals throughout the day
Staying up-to-date with the latest news on COVID-19, released by the applicable state and national government agencies, and communicating this to staff and customers
Monitoring the mental wellbeing of staff and clients, providing access to support services as required
Alliance Community Mandatory Notification Protocol
The Alliance Community Mandatory Notification Protocol for On-hire Staff is reviewed and updated in response to any significant changes to government advice.
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or contacted by a Health Department/Public Health Unit and asked to self-isolate:
- Must comply with medical & Health Department advice
- Must advise their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
Anyone who believes they have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive person, including during the 48 hours prior to symptom development:
- Must advise their Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
- Must seek testing for COVID-19
- Must adhere to recommendations made regarding isolation or quarantine
- Must not attend work until cleared to do so and can provide evidence
If an employee suspects that they may be infected and are waiting on test results but cannot be isolated at home, they will need to contact a public health unit who will assess and advise on the next steps.
Anyone who is unwell and has *flu-like symptoms:
- Must contact your Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY
- Must seek testing for COVID-19
- Provide a medical note for return to work
* flu-like symptoms: People with coronavirus may experience:
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
- Loss of smell and loss of taste
- Muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite
COVID-19 Vaccination information:
The Federal Government has identified the following people as priority groups for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Aged and disability care workers
- People with a disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People who are pregnant
- People with underlying medical conditions
The link below allows you to check your state or territory requirements for more information on accessing priority vaccinations.
How do I get vaccinated?
Available appointments can also be booked via the following link:
Australia’s borders are now open with travel restrictions that apply. This process is managed by the Department of Home Affairs and the restrictions and exemptions can be reviewed on their website, including state and territory entry requirements:
Interstate, territory and regional travel
You must comply with requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice. Information for interstate travel and COVID-19 restrictions is available here;
Staff are required to:
- Keep informed and observe the entry or restriction requirements of their state and locality if undertaking state, territory and interstate travel.
- Contact your Manager/Supervisor IMMEDIATELY if your travel to/from interstate may impact your work.
Emergency and health workers, and essential workers may be considered exempt from some restrictions.
The situation changes often.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have checked the Australian Government website advice for the latest and most current information.
Check your local state and territory website for directives, hotspot information and travel restrictions. Links for each state and territory can be found here including the COVID-19 Restriction Checker:
- Certain health services/clients/host employers are implementing restrictions on staff entry requirements, based on the above criteria
- It is therefore essential that you contact us if you believe your circumstances are within the criteria above
- Residential aged care facilities must take extra precautions due to the vulnerability of their residents. It is now mandatory for residential aged care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Further information is available via this link:
New candidates will be asked to complete a survey prior to attending an interview, or a new assignment to confirm:
- Any recent international, interstate or regional "hotspot" travel and two-week self-isolation details
- Not experiencing flu like symptoms
- Any close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
Notification to Host Employers of On-hire Worker with Confirmed Case of COVID19
If an on hire staff member is confirmed as positive for COVID-19, the staff member must inform Alliance Community as per compliance with this protocol.
Once informed, Alliance Community will, under the direction of the Public Health Unit seek to facilitate notification to host employers/clients, as per their requirements.
Alliance Community will seek the authority from the worker to release this information to at risk host workplaces / clients, as determined by risk assessment of diagnosis and work placement timelines, and as per the direction of the Public Health Unit or Health Department.
Whilst worker consent is also sought, Alliance Community notes there is also an exception under the Privacy Act around disclosure without consent, if we reasonably believe the use or disclosure is necessary to lessen or prevent a serious threat to the life, health or safety of any individual, or to public health or safety.
Keeping up to date:
Australia’s current situation is changing rapidly. You can keep up to date with these changes via the following:
Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/
NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/control guideline/Pages/novel-coronavirus.aspx
Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
CDNA National guidelines for public health units: National Guidelines developed in consultation with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principle Committee https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdna-song-novel-coronavirus.htm
Department of Home Affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus
Recruitment Solutions has an obligation to staff, clients, patients & participants to ensure the safety of all concerned and we will continue to monitor and update guidelines and processes based on the health departments recommendations.
As your employer, we request that we are kept informed of any change in your status and your progress as per this notification protocol.
If you believe, your circumstances are within the criteria above or if you wish to speak to someone regarding your personal circumstances, please contact your Manager/ Supervisor IMMEDIATELY.
If you have any further questions, please review our FAQs: