Household Contacts

You are a Household Contact if you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Find out what you need to do.

Key points

  • During Phase 3 of our Omicron response, Household Contacts must self-isolate and get tested.
  • If you live with someone who has COVID-19, you can find guidance and advice on the COVID-19 Health Hub (external link)

Our response to Omicron — Phase 3

Who is a Household Contact

You are a Household Contact if you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

A Household Contact is considered to be someone who:

  • shares a house or flat on a permanent or part-time basis (for example, shared custody) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and
  • has spent at least 1 night or day in that residence while the case was infectious.

These people are not considered Household Contacts, but may be Close Contacts:

  • People who live in the same group accommodation as the person with COVID-19 (for example, in aged residential care facilities, halls of residences, boarding houses, hostels, backpackers, and transitional housing).
  • Partners who do not live with the person who has COVID-19 but may have spent a night together.

Advice for Close Contacts

What you need to do if you have not had COVID-19 in the past 3 months

Whether you are fully vaccinated or not, you will need to:

  • isolate from the day the person with COVID-19 tests positive or their symptoms started — whichever came first
  • get a test for COVID-19 on Day 3, and on Day 7 of the isolation period, or sooner if you develop symptoms. If you test positive, you need to follow the guidance for people who have COVID-19. If you develop symptoms but test negative, do another rapid antigen test (RAT) 48 hours later.

While you are isolating, try to avoid contact with the person who has COVID-19.

How to self-isolate

How to get a COVID-19 test

When you can leave self-isolation

If someone else in your household tests positive, you do not need to restart your isolation period. You can complete your isolation at the same time as the first person in your household who had COVID-19 if:

  • your Day 7 test was negative
  • you have no new or worsening symptoms.

For further guidance and advice, visit the COVID-19 Health Hub:

I am a household contact of someone with COVID-19 | COVID-19 Health Hub (external link)

What you need to do if you have recovered from COVID-19

Once you have recovered from COVID-19, you do not need to isolate again for 3 months.

This is because the risk of reinfection during this period is low.

If you develop new cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms within 90 days of your original infection, take a RAT instead of a PCR.

Critical workers who are Household Contacts

Some people who are Household Contacts and critical workers may be able to still go to work through the Close Contact Exemption Scheme. When you are not at work, you must follow the self-isolation guidance.

Critical workers need to be fully vaccinated, have no symptoms and have a negative RAT before going to work. Your employer will let you know if the scheme applies to you.

Critical workers

Financial support

There is financial support for people who need to stay at home due to COVID-19.

Find out what financial support is available

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