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12 August 2021

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.

12 August 2021

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.

07 August 2021

For two years, we worked to promote the benefits of ‘going digital’ and provided free sector-specific digital advisory services to our small business members as part of the Small Business Digital Champions Project. The Australian Government is now conducting a survey about your experience with the project.

05 August 2021

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

02 August 2021

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.

02 August 2021

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.

31 July 2021

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.

30 July 2021

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.

27 July 2021

Workers currently meeting Victorian transitional requirements will now have until 31 January to apply for their NDIS Check. Workers who have not applied for an NDIS check by 31 Jan 2022 will not be able to continue in a risk assessed role.

21 July 2021

Enhanced restrictions and surveillance testing for staff living in Fairfield, and Canterbury-Bankstown. Visitor restrictions and mask-wearing required for residential facilities in Orange, Blaney and Cobonne. NSW Health has updated its advice to disability service providers.