Rules, information and guidelines for airport workers.
Who the rules apply to
Rules apply to airport workers. You are an airport worker if you exercise functions or provide services at an airport as part of your employment and your job is listed in the NSW Quarantine Worker Surveillance and Testing Program or the NSW Airport and Quarantine workers Vaccination Program.
Airport workers within the testing and vaccination programs include people providing services to overseas arrivals, or providing services in the environment where overseas arrivals are, or have been including
- airport staff
- airline/freight staff
- ground handlers
- customer service agents
- ramp workers
- baggage handlers
- security and other private contractors providing services to relevant persons (excluding international flight crew members who are not ordinarily Australian residents)
- health courier services supporting health screening and swabbing staff
- Australian Defence Force members who provide baggage handling services
- passport and border control staff
- biosecurity and law enforcement staff
- persons providing international aeromedical retrieval air transportation services for certain people or who are symptomatic or are suspected of having COVID-19
- persons conducting health screening/swabbing of overseas arrivals.
Airport workers must have a COVID-19 test before or while you are
- carrying out, or continuing to carry out, functions at an airport
- providing or continuing to provide services at an airport.
Testing must be in accordance with the NSW Testing Program.
If you are required to be tested for COVID-19, you must not enter or remain at an airport for the purposes of exercising functions or providing services at an airport unless you are tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the program requirements.
COVID-19 vaccinations for airport workers
The NSW Government has introduced the NSW Airport and Quarantine Workers Vaccination Program.
Airport workers specified in the program require a vaccination before exercising functions or continuing to carry out services at an airport.
If you are an airport worker specified in the program and you exercise functions or provide services at an airport, you must receive at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, otherwise you must not enter or provide services at an airport.
For use by medical practitioners:
- COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication NSW airport and quarantine workers vaccination program (PDF, 180.51 KB)
If you have a medical reason as to why you cannot receive a vaccination, you need to obtain a certification from a medical practitioner and from the Chief Health Officer.
If you have a booking for a COVID-19 vaccination before 6 July 2021, you can continue to work until 6 July while you wait for your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you employ any of the staff specified in the vaccination program, you are required to ensure they have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before they enter or provide any services at an airport.