Today, the NT Chief Health Officer (CHO) has declared as of 10:45am, the Local Government Areas within Greater Melbourne, including the Airport, as a hotspot for the purpose of travel to the Northern Territory – see attached media release.

Please note that anyone who is returning from this area will be required to undertake mandatory quarantine.

There is also a requirement for any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory before 10:45am today, who has been in a Victorian hotspot since 7 February 2021 to isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Refer to Northern Territory Government Coronavirus website for the latest updates on specific Local Government Areas –



If you have a student attend school who has returned to the Northern Territory who was within the Greater Melbourne area, including the Airport at any time from 7 February 2021, please contact their parent / carer and arrange for them to be collected. They need to be isolated, as you would when dealing with a child with an infectious disease.

You may wish to update the communications to send to families provided in this morning’s email and update with the below.



If you have arrived in the Northern Territory and were within the Greater Melbourne area including the Airport at any time from 7 February 2021, follow the advice issued by the NT Chief Health Officer to:

  • Arrange for a COVID-19 test
  • Self- quarantine whilst awaiting for the results
  • Return to school only once a negative test has been returned and/or you have clearance from COVID-19 Hotline to do so (COVID-19 Hotline: 1800 008 002)

This advice changes regularly, with the potential for new hotspots to be announced without warning, you can access the latest advice here –


Safe Travel Register

I would like to reinforce and highlight the benefits of staff recording their personal travel in our Safe Travel Register, which remains a mandatory requirement for all employees who are undertaking interstate travel. Having this information centrally on hand, has allowed us to respond in an agile manner to support schools in ensuring we can deliver uninterrupted learning for students and young children.


Maintaining good health and hygiene

It is important that we all maintain good health and hygiene and promote these to students and young children in our schools.

There are a suite of resources available to schools and workplaces to promote this important message –