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5th January: Changes to NT border entry and testing requirements

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 4 January, 2022
Notice text: 


For people coming to or returning to the NT from interstate, the rules have changed from 4th January 2022.


See the notice attachments and links below for details. The main changes are:

  • You do not need to get a COVID-19 PCR test before arriving in the NT
  • You must take a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) on arrival in the NT and then another one on day 3 and again on day 6 after return. Test kits will be supplied to travellers when they enter the NT.
  • You must complete online forms to declare that you have taken the RAT tests
  • There are restrictions on entering the listed exclusions zones for 14 days after entering the NT. Residents of a zone can enter it, but they must wear a mask when outside their home. Currently, Angurugu is on the list of exclusion zones.
  • Different rules apply to unvaccinated people who want to enter the NT; see https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/border-entry#enter
  • There might be additional steps required by airlines and workplaces.


For further information see the notice attachments and:

22nd December: COVID testing changes for NT and Groote arrivals

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 22 December, 2021
Notice text: 


Changes in COVID testing have been announced. These affect all people coming from interstate into the NT and to Groote

  • Arriving into the NT: all travellers from interstate, including infants, toddlers and babies need to present a negative PCR test at check-in for your flight and on arrival into the NT.
  • Arriving to Groote Eylandt: all travellers from interstate arriving on Groote will be provided with 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) per traveller and must self-test on day 3 and day 6 after arrival. (PCR tests are not required.)
  • If your Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is *positive*, you must inform your local clinic (Angurugu 08 8987 6317 or 08 8987 6311; Umbakumba 08 8987 6772; Alyangula 08 8987 6255).
Source: 

ALC

16th December: New rules for people coming from outside NT

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 20 December, 2021
Notice text: 


All people returning to NT from interstate:

  • you must take a COVID test 3 days before arriving in NT
  • you can come to Darwin and then go straight to Groote (you don't have to stay in Darwin)
  • you must take more COVID tests 3 days and 6 days after arriving in NT. You can go to any Groote clinic (Umbakumba, Angurugu, Alyangula) for these tests


For Angurugu only:

  • if you live in Angurugu you can go home, also you must do all the COVID tests, and for 7 days you must wear a mask when outside your house
  • if your home is not in Angurugu, you must not go to Angurugu for 14 days after you arrive from interstate


For more information, details and updates, see the attachment notice, and:

Source: 

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

Mask & testing regulations: Protecting remote communities

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 10 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The NT Government has made special regulations for people who travel to remote communities which have first dose vaccination rates of less than 70%. These regulations require mask wearing and COVID testing, and apply from 15th November (mask wearing) and 19th November (COVID testing).

This means that anyone traveling to an NT remote community will need to check the vaccination status of the community before traveling there. NT Community vaccination rates can be checked here.

Groote Clinics advise that “Alyangula/Umbakumba/Milyakburra/Angurugu aged 16 and over for second covid vaccination show percentages from 76% to 89%, therefore we are not below the 70% and do not meet the mandatory mask wearing or COVID testing [requirement].”. However people visiting other communities must check vaccination rates and follow the regulations.

See also:

Source: 

NT Government / Alyangula Clinic manager

9th August: Arrivals on Groote from Cairns must be tested

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 9 August, 2021
Notice text: 

[from Groote Eylandt Police, 9th August 2021]

GROOTE EYLANDT community advice - COVID.

A Taxi driver in Cairns tested positive for COVID, and as a result Cairns has also been declared a Hot Spot.

ANYONE WHO'S ARRIVED ON GROOTE FROM CAIRNS SINCE 29TH JULY (Thursday two weeks ago) MUST STAY AT HOME UNTIL THEY'VE BEEN TESTED FOR COVID.

For anyone who's flown from Cairns to Groote via Darwin or elsewhere (that is, not on a direct flight) - please contact Alyangula Health Clinic to give your details: 89876255. After testing, if the result is ‘negative’ (no virus detected) there is no need to isolate or restrict any movements.

There is a team of health workers arriving on Groote this morning, who will contact and arrange testing for all people who‘ve travelled from Cairns to Groote on any flights. They will be seen in our townships in the blue protection clothes and masks, attending houses to test travellers. Please reassure your friends and family that this does not mean we have COVID on Groote.

This testing is precautionary only. There is NO information that anyone on Groote has been infected with COVID, or has been in contact with an infected person. There is no need for lockdowns or the closure of any facilities on Groote.

For more information please check out the link: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

Senior Sergeant Tanya Woodcock Officer In Charge | Carpentaria District | Northern Territory Police Force Groote Eylandt PO Box 397, Alyangula, NT, 0885 p...(08) 8987 6122 / Internal - 58726 I f...(08) 8987 6403 | e... tanya.woodcock@pfes.nt.gov.au.

Source: 

Groote Eylandt Police

8th August: Cairns hotspot, Rapid Assessment Team on Groote

Date of notice or action: 
Sunday, 8 August, 2021
Notice text: 

[From Groote Eylandt Police, 8th August 2021]

Cairns was declared a hotspot by the CHO at 12: 00 today, with the direction that anyone who’s travelled from Groote to Cairns since 29th July 2021 must isolate and be tested.

The CDC reports that this is a LOW RISK situation. Testing of all arrivals from the hotspot is precautionary, with no information that any Groote resident has been in contact with a COVID-positive person in Cairns.

The direction to isolate means a traveller returning from Cairns since 29th July should stay at home and not go out or have any unnecessary contact with any other people, until they’ve returned a negative COVID test. Once they test negative there is no requirement to limit their movements or contacts.

A Rapid Assessment Team will be on Groote early tomorrow morning, and will ensure that all travellers are contacted and tested quickly. This is quite a task as there are approximately 600 mine workers (already in isolation) and approximately 85 other persons who arrived on island in the relevant period.

I will have support team to liaise with ALC, GEMCO and Community stakeholders to advise on process. There will be more communication tomorrow, particularly with regard to informing our general community of the operation, and until then please reassure your families/employees/clients that the actions underway are precautionary only at this time, with no ‘lockdown’ or other measures required.

Source: 

Tanya Woodcock, Alyangula Police

COVID planning - for positive cases

Date first filed: 
Tuesday, 7 July, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Tuesday, 7 July, 2020
Description: 

The NT Government is providing a comprehensive community communications plan with respect to a "Contain & Test" strategy. They have asked that the ALC work together with them to get messaging out, so there is consistency and no confusion. The ALC is working with the police and NTG Health to bolster the local pandemic plan to include Contain & Test. This will include scenario planning specific to Groote.

Source: 

ALC

A COVID-19 ‘contain and test’ strategy for remote Aboriginal communities

Date first filed: 
Friday, 3 July, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Monday, 18 May, 2020
Description: 

A proposal for a 'contain and test' strategy for implementation on the discovery a COVID-19 case in a remote Aboriginal community, with attention to community decision making and control, and cultural safety. It outlines how households would be confined and tested, relocation of vulnerable people, restrictions on all movement between communities, plus delivery of food and support to households. The document also notes a number of key challenges.

Source: 

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

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