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In January 2022, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) asked its funded providers to review and update their COVID-19 management plans in response to the Omicron wave.

DCJ held three webinars to assist organisations with this review and update.

Recordings of the three webinars and accompanying slide pack are available on the DCJ website here. The sessions were as follows:

  • Webinar 1: Thursday 20 January, focus on residential services
  • Webinar 2: Friday 21 January, focus on services providing case management, accommodation and referral services (including homelessness, domestic & family violence, family preservation)
  • Webinar 3: Friday 28 January, focus on centre based and other service types (including Targeted Earlier Intervention)

The latest Omicron information from DCJ may also be useful in updating your plan, covering:

  • Public Health Orders and health advice, including exemptions for essential workers and isolation requirements
  • Rapid Antigen Tests and PCR testing - requirements and access
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Workforce and business continuity

DCJ has also published answers to many Frequently Asked Questions to assist organisations prepare and update their COVID-19 Management Plans.

Development of plans and original resources

DCJ required all its funded service providers to develop COVID-19 management plans by 22 December 2021.

DCJ engaged Rebbeck consultants to develop a guide and template to help organisations undertake risk assessments and develop their COVID-19 management plans.

Plus, DCJ held a series of webinars hosted by Rebbeck and Justice Connect to take providers through the process and explore issues relevant to their services.

These DCJ resources and recordings of the webinars, as well as other support resources, are located here

The NCOSS's Vax Risk Assessment Toolkit is another useful resource in assessing risks and planning for safer service delivery.

DCJ is now following up with organisations that haven't advised that they have a  COVID-19 management plan in place.