Note: Due to the nature of this disease and the everchanging status in Australia, this policy may be updated at any time. Please check back regularly for new information.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a virus that emerged in late 2019.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring hospitalisation. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems, are more likely to develop serious illness.
The following symptoms are based on advice from healthdirect.
How it spreads
The virus can spread through:
Several safe and effective vaccines have been developed to prevent people from getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
Vaccination is an important step for people to protect themselves and the community against the virus.
All hosts (including residents aged 12 years and over who are eligible to receive the vaccine) and guests have been asked to enter their COVID-19 vaccination status on their AHN profile so we can appropriately match participants for upcoming placements. All homestay participants can indicate if they require their host/guest to be vaccinated to assist with this process.
Most COVID-19 travel restrictions have lifted to enter and leave Australia. However, you will still need to check that you meet the requirements of your airline and any countries you transit through. You should also monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
Please refer to the resources below for more information:
Check local advice where you live, study and work. Do it all!
There are ways that we can all help stop the spread of viruses:
Household cleaning is important.
You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline at any time for advice and support on 1800 020 080.
What Happens of a Guest or Host is Unwell Prior to a Placement Commencing?
If a guest is unwell and/or has been exposed to COVID-19, they will be required to postpone their arrival for the placement. They will need to follow local health recommendations (see below) and provide a negative COVID test prior to arriving in the home.
If a host is unwell and/or has been exposed to COVID-19 prior to a guest arriving at their home, the placement will need to be cancelled and the guest placed with an alternative host to avoid putting the guest at risk of contracting the virus.
When You or Someone in Your Home is Sick During a Placement
As we move towards living COVID Safe, it is important that anyone who is unwell stays at home where practical.
If any residents or guests have COVID-19 symptoms seek medical advice and test for COVID-19, even if symptoms are mild.
If a member of the host family or a guest in an AHN placement tests positive to COVID-19 – or is a close contact of someone with COVID-19 – that person must follow local health recommendations. Please ensure you contact AHN as soon as possible to advise of your situation if you are in an active placement.
COVID-19 health information in your state / territory:
The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care also provides useful advice.
All participants must commit to COVID-safe practices to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone in the homestay.
AHN will provide the necessary facility for host families and guests to register their COVID-19 vaccination status on their AHN profile, which will be referred to during the placement process.
As the transmission of COVID-19 may occur in a variety of ways and circumstances, and despite the best efforts and precautions taken, AHN cannot be held responsible if a guest or member of a host family is exposed to COVID-19 during a placement.
Reviewed: January 2023