The health of the border workforce is a key priority as New Zealand continues to manage the ongoing threats posed by COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Order 2020 (the Order) requires routine testing of border workers for COVID-19 at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, airports and seaports.
This means border workers need to be swabbed regularly for COVID-19. Persons Conducting Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) are expected to support this initiative as part of their health and safety responsibilities to ensure a safe working environment. PCBUs are also expected to maintain records to show their staff are being swabbed regularly as per the Required Testing Order.
The Ministry appreciates the ongoing commitment and efforts of the New Zealand border workforce and PCBUs in keeping New Zealanders safe.
The Border Workforce Testing Register (the Register) is a secure online tool developed by the Ministry of Health to assist PCBUs with their record keeping in respect of a border worker’s COVID-19 swabbing dates and testing activity.
The Register also records the vaccination status of border workers. If you work on the border and are required to be tested under the Required Testing Order, your name and details will be registered on the Border Workforce Testing Register and your vaccination status will be visible to your employer or PCBU. This is to ensure that under the Vaccinations Order that only vaccinated workers can perform certain roles on the border.
Use of the Register was mandatory from 27 April 2021.
What is the Register?
The Register is an online tool that tracks and records a border worker’s COVID-19 testing activity. To ensure worker privacy, the Register does not record the results of a test, only the date a swab was taken. It also keeps border workers and PCBUs informed about when workers need to be tested next, whether they have completed their most recent test and records their vaccination status. The Register helps PCBUs to adhere to their record-keeping requirements.
Who can use the Register?
Use of the Register is mandatory for all PCBUs affected by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Order 2020.
How the Register works
The Register holds information about an employee to enable a PCBU to know they are due for a swab, and whether the necessary swabs are being undertaken as required under the Order. The Register does this by matching a worker to their National Health Index (NHI) number so swab dates are automatically populated.
The Ministry has compiled useful resources about how to use the Register. These include an instructional guide and video, the Ministry of Health’s privacy statement for the Register, and fact sheets for PCBUs and employees. View the Border Workforce Testing Register resources.
How do I get involved in using the Register?
The Ministry of Health is engaging with Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities (MIQFs) and associated PCBUs, and PCBUs in the maritime and aviation sectors affected by the Order about using the Register.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions about the Register, or to sign up and commence the onboarding process to ensure your organisation meets the requirements of the Order.