The Queensland Government has implemented a new home quarantine compliance system that will make sure people aren’t breaking their quarantine directions.
Queensland recently allowed school students from boarding schools in interstate hotspots to return home for the school holidays as part of a home quarantine trial.
The students and their families would be monitored by technology to make sure they are complying.
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Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed that program will now be extended to anyone going into home quarantine as a close contact.
“We need to adapt to the new challenges posed by Delta and find news ways to monitor people at risk, including those in home quarantine,” Ms D’Ath told parliament on Thursday.
The new system sends a random message to individuals in quarantine at least once a day. This message will contain a hyperlink that they must respond to within in 10 minutes.
“This means Queensland Health will be able to ensure individuals in home quarantine are at the residence that they’re lawfully required to be at,” Minister D’Ath said.
“It specifically allows authorities to identify if anybody is away from the approved residence.
“Potential breaches will be assessed by police to identify whether further action is required including fines and a direction to go into hotel quarantine at their own cost.
“This new check-in feature of our home quarantine system will also enable authorities to check on the welfare of those in home quarantine which, as we know, can be a challenging times for individuals and families.
“Our improved home quarantine system will benefit the community through strengthened compliance and more effective monitoring of people’s welfare.”