What type of contact are you?
There are different types of contacts and different rules apply. Make sure you follow the right advice for your situation.
- You are a household contact if you have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility.
- Your household contact period is 7 days.
- You don’t have to quarantine at all during this 7-day period, and you can leave home each day provided you:
- Continually test negative using a rapid antigen test, on at least 5 days out of the 7 day period (ensure tests are spaced at least 24 hours apart)
- wear a mask indoors when outside your home
- do not visit hospitals or care facilities
- notify your employer or education facility.
- If you do not follow these steps, you must quarantine for the 7-day period – and you are required to get tested on Day 1 and Day 6.
- If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result and isolate for 7 days. Visit Reporting your result page for more information.
- Household contacts are also referred to as close contacts.
Social and workplace contacts
- You are a social or workplace contact if you spent more than 15 minutes face-to-face with someone who has COVID-19, or if you spent more than two hours with them in the same indoor space (such as a workplace or a restaurant)
- If you have symptoms, you must use a rapid antigen test, or get a PCR test if you can’t access a rapid antigen test.
- If you don’t have symptoms, you are recommended to use a daily rapid antigen test for 5 days.
- If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result and isolate for 7 days.
Education and childcare
- An education facility (such as a school, childcare centre or early childhood education centre) will notify you that you or someone in your care was exposed there
- If experiencing symptoms, a person exposed at an education facility must use a rapid antigen test, or get a PCR test if they can’t access a rapid antigen test
- Staff and students at schools are recommended to undertake regular rapid antigen testing, whether they have been exposed or not.