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Tas COVID-19 update: New fact sheets from TAS Government
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A suite of COVID-19 Best Practice Guide Fact Sheets, including one for disability services, are now available from the Tasmanian Government.
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04-07-2022

Vic COVID-19 update: Changes to outbreak reporting, PPE supplies and N95 masks
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Disability providers are now required to report any COVID-19 outbreaks to their local public health units. Ongoing responsibility for the management of COVID-19 and other infections rests with
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04-07-2022

Vic COVID-19: Report positive RATs to access early support
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Disability providers are reminded that prompt reporting of positive COVID-19 cases assists the Department of Health provide important resources and support to individuals and services.
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31-05-2022

NT COVID-19 update: Public Health Emergency Declaration has ended
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Northern Territory’s Public Health Emergency Declaration ceased at midnight on 15 June 2022. Vaccination is now strongly recommended for disability workers but not required. Other restrictions remain.
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16-06-2022

NSW COVID-19 Update: Stay-at-home rules for all of NSW
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Greater Sydney restrictions presently in place for residential and in-home support services now apply to regional NSW. Day program group activities should be suspended across regional NSW.Permit for authorised workers to work outside of Greater Sydney will be required. Financial support is available for eligible workers who are required to isolate.
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16-08-2021

Prioritising disability care workers
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Disability care workers are a priority group to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Here is information and links to help.
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16-08-2021

COVID-19: Snap lockdown in the ACT
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The ACT will enter a seven-day lockdown from 5pm Thursday, 12 August as a result of a COVID-19 case being identified in the community and positive wastewater detections reported overnight. The lockdown will remain in place until 5pm Thursday 19 August 2021. Disability support workers are considered to be essential workers.
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12-08-2021

VIC COVID-19 Update: Lockdown extended by seven days
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Victoria’s lockdown has been extended until at least 11.59pm Thursday 19 August. Current requirements for metropolitan and regional areas remain unchanged. Vic NSW cross-border communities will require a permit from 6pm Friday 13 August. Disability workers supporting people with disability by providing essential care are authorised workers.
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12-08-2021

VIC COVID-19 Update: New seven day lockdown
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Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown from 8pm Thursday 5 August. Disability workers supporting people with disability by providing essential care are authorised workers. Providers of disability residential services must implement PPE protocols and restrict visitors. Any symptoms related to COVID must be tested immediately
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05-08-2021

Vaccination hubs in Sydney, Newcastle, SE Queensland
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Three pop-up vaccination hubs will be administering first doses of COVID-19 vaccines between 9 and 13 August. The hubs will also administer second doses between 30 August and 3 September. Healthcare Australia is the organiser and has been appointed by the Department of Health. The venues are Lifestyle Solutions at Islington, Burwood and Beenleigh.
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02-08-2021

Disability provider alert: 2 Aug 2021
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Department of Health has provided an update about the vaccine in-reach program, new easy read resources, disaster relief payments, CALD small grants, and a webinar.
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02-08-2021

NSW COVID-19 update: Restrictions extended and increased financial support available
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Tighter restrictions in place for 8 Sydney Local Government Areas including no travel beyond 5km from home. Tighter masks rules for the 8 LGAs. People unable to wear a mask need to carry proof. Eligibility criteria for JobSaver and individual financial support has changed.
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31-07-2021

Pfizer COVID vaccine approved for pregnant women
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Pfizer is considered by experts to be safe for women at all stages of pregnancy. Pregnant women are eligible for vaccine, falling under priority 1b. Evidence points to passive immunity for infants.
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30-07-2021