Vaccination deadline extended to 19 September for authorised workers from LGAs of concern

Following changes to the Public Health Order on Sunday 5 September NSW Health advised the timeframe for authorised workers living in LGAs of concern to get vaccinated to leave their LGA has been extended. Authorised workers now have until the end of 19 September 2021 to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, provided they have booked their vaccination by the end of Wednesday 8 September 2021.

A reminder that authorised workers include staff who work for non-government organisations contracted by DCJ to deliver services in: child protection, including out-of-home care and child and family services; homelessness and housing services, including community housing providers; and disability services.

The extended deadline means from 20 September, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to work outside the LGA they live.

Authorised workers who are not yet vaccinated will have until the end of Wednesday 8 September 2021 to book their vaccination. From 9 September, authorised workers will be required to carry evidence of their booking if they leave their LGA for work. 

The requirement also applies to care workers, aged 16 and over, who work or live in an LGA of concern. This includes childcare workers and disability support workers.

Workers from the LGAs of concern are offered priority bookings for vaccination.

Please use the following links for priority bookings:

·         Authorised workers who live in LGAs of concern

·         Early childhood, disability and food workers in LGAs of concern

·         Anyone aged 16-59 who live in LGAs of concern

COVID-19 Update – urgent information for service providers with staff in Sydney areas of Concern

DCJ has just received advice that all employees of DCJ-funded service providers who live or work in an area of concern are now eligible to receive a priority Pfizer vaccination tomorrow (Sunday 5 September 2021) as part of the Emergency Services Super Sunday vaccination drive.

Your employees can book a priority appointment online now.  

Areas of concern that are eligible for priority vaccination include: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield.

Your employees will need to provide proof of their employment when attending their appointment tomorrow. Examples include an authorised worker letter, a work ID, a letter of employment or a copy of their payslip. Find out more on the NSW Government website.

Updates on priority vaccinations

We strongly encourage all service provider staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations will protect the health of our workforce, reduce the risk of exposure at work and ensure we’re able to keep providing critical services that the community needs.

Of course, we also recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different. You should always discuss your situation with a health care professional.

Priority vaccination appointments now available

As we previously informed you, there are new Public Health Orders that affect authorised workers working outside their local government areas (LGAs) of concern. This includes receiving your first vaccination.

Priority Pfizer vaccination appointments are available at Sydney Olympic Park for all authorised workers aged over 16 years and living in a LGA of concern. Bookings can be made by visiting the authorised workers booking page.

This priority booking is in addition to the booking pages available for childcare and disability workers and 16-39 year olds living in the LGAs of concern.

Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern

Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if they have had their first vaccination dose by Monday 30 August, or if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their worksite.

We recognise that rapid antigen testing may be difficult to implement for some service providers. DCJ is currently exploring options for rapid antigen testing and will provide advice soon.

Curfews and going out to get vaccinated

Curfews have been introduced from 9pm to 5am in LGAs of concern. A reasonable excuse to leave your home during curfew is to receive a vaccination, as well as attending work. The curfew is in place to stop non-work activities such as exercising and shopping. Further information can be found on the NSW Government COVID-19 rules page.

Vaccinations for disability workers

Workers who live or work in a local government area of concern providing in person disability support services to a person with a disability, including services funded or provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme of the Commonwealth, must not enter or remain in their place of work unless they have:

·         had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 

·         been issued with a medical contraindication certificate.

This may apply to some of your staff providing DCJ funded services.

Vaccinations for children aged 12-15 years

The following groups of children aged 12-15 years are eligible for the Pfizer vaccines:

·         children with specified medical conditions that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, including severe asthma, diabetes, obesity, cardiac and circulatory congenital anomalies, neuro developmental disorders, epilepsy, immuno-compromised and trisomy 21

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

·         all children aged 12–15 years in remote communities.

There may be difficulties in obtaining vaccines immediately. We will provide you more information about how to book appointments once NSW Health has commenced the roll-out.

More information

Additional information will be sent to Specialist Homelessness Services shortly about contingency staffing options during a COVID-19 outbreak.

Please visit COVID-19 | NSW Government for more information and continue to regularly review the full list of impacted venues. This list is regularly updated with the latest health information and I encourage you to keep checking the website for further updates.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

We’re regularly updating information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. This includes COVID-19 CALD resources in community languages and practice guidance for virtual home visits. NCOSS have resources to provide latest information on COVID-19 relevant to health and community services sector. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au.

COVID-19 update 22 August 2021

Greater Sydney lockdown extended with new mask mandates

NSW will extend the current lockdown in Greater Sydney until the end of September, and introduce new rules targeting the local government areas of concern.

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, mask wearing will be mandatory when outside the home, except when exercising. This extends to Regional NSW until 28 August.

There have been a number of cases in Early Childhood Education and Care Services, so parents and carers across the state are strongly encouraged to keep their children at home.

Additional rules in LGAs of concern

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August additional rules will apply for residents and businesses and workers, including authorisedworkers in the LGAs of concern:

·         Curfews will be introduced from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care). If your staff are authorised workers, they can continue to go to work at any time – day or night. But the curfew rules still apply for non-work activities, like exercising or shopping.

·         Childcare workers and disability support workers who live or work in the LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by Monday, 30 August

·         Authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern are only permitted to work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their worksite or they have had their first vaccination dose by Monday, 30 August. We recognise that rapid antigen testing may be difficult to implement for some service providers. Your organisation is best-placed to decide whether rapid antigen testing is feasible for you. Staff should be encouraged to obtain a vaccination. In the meantime, DCJ is exploring options for rapid antigen testing.

·         From 12.01am, Saturday 21 August a permit system* for travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW took effect for anyone from Greater Sydney, including authorised workers from the LGAs of concern, who need to travel more than 50km from Greater Sydney for work purposes, noting the existing requirements in place for workers. Permit applications can be made on the Service NSW website. For the purposes of this public health order and permit, Greater Sydney no longer includes Shellharbour and the Central Coast. People travelling to Shellharbour and the Central Coast for the above reasons will require a permit to do so.

·         From Saturday, 28 August, authorised workers from the LGAs of concern  are required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home

·         From Saturday, 28 August, anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit from Service NSW.

If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days.

Changes to restrictions in Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August, workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland and Fairfield LGAs will no longer have to have been tested for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours to work outside their LGA.

Priority vaccination for 16-39 in LGAs of concern

Pfizer appointments are available for people 16-39 years old in the LGAs of concern (Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs in Penrith).

We appreciate if you could encourage uptake across your networks and share across your channels. You can use the attached social tile and poster for your own posts, or share post/copy from NSW Health, and share information about booking an appointment from the NSW Government COVID-19 website.

Western NSW pop-up vaccination clinics

From Saturday, 21 August, pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be open in 33 communities in 23 days. There are five mobile teams, with each team supported by healthcare workers, including Aboriginal health workers.

Over a three-week period the mobile teams will spend between one and five days in each location, offering free COVID-19 vaccinations. At the end of that initial three weeks, the teams will go back again to deliver the second dose. Both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines will be available, depending on each person’s eligibility. These clinics are walk-in only.

Check the Facebook post for locations and dates.

Social media resources

Please share on your channels.

·         Isolation and stay at home

·         Delta variant

·         First dose

·         Vaccine effectiveness

COVID-19 update 10 August 2021

Current restrictions

Penrith suburbs join the LGAs of concern

There are now stricter restrictions in 9 LGAs in Greater Sydney.

From 5pm on 8 August 2021, 12 suburbs in the Penrith LGA joined the 8 LGAs of concern. These suburbs are:

  • Caddens
  • Claremont Meadows
  • Colyton
  • Erskine Park
  • Kemps Creek
  • Kingswood
  • Mount Vernon
  • North St Marys
  • Orchard Hills
  • Oxley Park
  • St Clair
  • St Marys

The other 8 LGAs are Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool and Parramatta.

Only authorised workers for these areas can leave their LGA or suburb for work, with an authorised worker letter.

Workers who reside outside of these areas can travel into these areas to provide essential services.

Newcastle and the Hunter restrictions

Stay at home rules now apply for people who live in, or work or study in, the Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens or Singleton LGAs.

The link above has a map that shows the border of the stay at home restrictions. You can also use the map to search for a 10km radius from an address.

Armidale region restrictions

Stay at home rules now apply for people who live in, or work or study in, the Armidale LGA.

The link above has a map that shows the border of the stay at home restrictions, including Guyra. You can also use the map to search for a 10km radius from an address.

Tamworth restrictions

Stay at home rules came into effect from 5.00pm on 9 August 2021 for people who live in, or work or study in, the Tamworth area.

Northern Rivers restrictions

Stay at home rules came into effect from 6.00pm on 9 August 2021 for people who live in, or work or study in, the Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley LGAs.

Supporting staff or clients who test positive for COVID-19

We have health advice for service providers if a client or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. There’s also general advice on how to protect yourself, your staff and the community during COVID, and what to do for suspected cases.

NSW Health has a fact sheet for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

NSW Health also has a secondary close contact fact sheet for people who have been close to someone since they were exposed to COVID-19.

Please follow NSW Health advice. If recommendations by NSW Health will disrupt service provision contact your contract manager to discuss this, and we’ll work with you.

More information

Simone Walker (Deputy Secretary, DCJ) and Joanna Quilty (CEO, NCOSS) got together to answer some more of your questions about the current restrictions and supports available to service providers and their clients. You can watch the recording.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

Please continue to regularly review the full list of impacted venues. This list is regularly updated with the latest health information and I encourage you to keep checking back to the website for further updates.

We’re regularly updating information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. This includes COVID-19 CALD resources in community languages and practice guidance for virtual home visits.

NCOSS have resources to provide latest information on COVID-19 relevant to health and community services sector. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager, or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au

COVID-19 update 28 July 2021

On Wednesday 28 July 2021, the NSW Government made further changes to the Greater Sydney stay at home orders.

The stay at home orders will now remain in place for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas (LGAs) until 28 August 2021. The orders were previously due to end on 30 July 2021.

Some changes will come into effect from 29 July, and some from 31 July.

Please note: we are sharing this information with all service providers. We realise you may only want to read what is relevant to you.

Changes from 29 July 2021

Authorised workers in 8 LGAs

There are now stricter restrictions in 8 LGAs in Greater Sydney (formerly 5). These LGAs are:

·         Blacktown

·         Campbelltown

·         Canterbury-Bankstown

·         Cumberland

·         Fairfield

·         Georges River

·         Liverpool

·         Parramatta

Only authorised workers for these 8 LGAs can leave their LGA for work, with an authorised worker letter.

Workers who reside outside of the 8 local government areas can travel into these areas to provide essential services.

Residents within the 8 LGAs of concern can now only move within a 5km radius from their home for exercise, shopping and the singles bubble.

Residents of the remaining LGAs in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour can now only go shopping within the LGA they live in, or within 10km from their home, unless the item is not available locally.

Face Masks

Face mask rules have changed for people in the 8 LGAs of concern. People must wear face masks while outside their residences, this includes when exercising and shopping.

Changes from 31 July 2021

COVID-19 tests for workers

There are changes to COVID-19 surveillance testing from 31 July.

All authorised workers from Canterbury-Bankstown LGA must get tested every 3 days if they need to leave their LGA for work.

People who live in the Fairfield and Cumberland LGAs and work in health or aged care (including support services for health or aged care, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers) must get tested every 3 days if they need to leave their LGA for work.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

You can also find more information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages.

COVID-19 update 23 July 2021

On Friday 23 July the NSW Government made changes to the Greater Sydney stay at home orders in place until 30 July 2021. This email provides you with an update on:

1.         COVID-19 tests for workers living in Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs and Greater Sydney workers

2.         COVID-19 testing

3.         DCJ service provision in Greater Sydney areas impacted by the stay at home orders

4.         COVID-19 resources in community languages

Please note: we are sharing this information with all service providers. We realise there is a lot of information in this email, and you may only want to read what is relevant to you.

1.    COVID-19 tests for Fairfield and Canterbury Bankstown and Greater Sydney workers

From Wednesday 14 July, the NSW Public Health Orders required workers living in the Fairfield LGA to get a COVID-19 test when leaving home to go to work.

From Friday 23 July, these rules have been extended to people living in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA who are working in Aged Care or Health Care.

From Saturday 24 July workers in Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs will only be allowed to leave their LGA if they are an authorised worker. No surveillance testing for Cumberland and Blacktown residents has been announced at this time.

You don’t need to get the results of your COVID-19 test before going to or staying at work.

You must have proof of your COVID-19 test such as an SMS text message on your phone or an email addressed to you.

You don’t need to have a COVID-19 test if you are working at someone’s home.

Fairfield LGA

If you live in or are staying in the Fairfield LGAs but you work outside this area, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to enter a workplace.

Canterbury Bankstown LGA

If you live in or are staying in the Canterbury Bankstown LGAs but you work outside this area and are an aged care or health worker, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (3 days) in order to be allowed to enter a workplace.

An aged care worker is a person who works in a residential aged care facility.

A health care worker is a person who:

·         provides health services within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997 (whether public or private sector)

·         is a registered health practitioner

·         works for a registered health practitioner or

·         provides ancillary services to a health practitioner, such as cleaners, cooks and security providers at hospitals.

Check the COVID-19 tests for Greater Sydney Workers page for more information.

Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs

If you live in or are staying in the Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs you will only be allowed to leave your LGA if you are an authorised worker.

DCJ has issued a letter to a number of service providers confirming that activities you are doing on our behalf are considered essential. For some service types – e.g. Specialist Homelessness Services where your staff cannot do their work other than face-to-face, you may issue a letter of authorisation for your staff to carry with them. If your staff can perform their work in any other way than face-to-face – e.g. by phone or video call, please do that.

No mandatory COVID-19 testing for these LGAs has been announced at this time.

Greater Sydney

If you live in or are staying in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs, and your workplace is 50km or more outside Greater Sydney, you must have a COVID-19 test in the 7 days before working. You can check a map of the 50km zone around Greater Sydney.

For employers

You can ask to see an employee’s proof of COVID-19 test if they live in the Fairfield LGA, if they live in the Canterbury Bankstown LGA and work in Aged Care or Health Care, or if you are located 50km or more outside Greater Sydney and they live in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong or Shellharbour LGAs.

You must not allow someone to work if they have not had a COVID-19 test in the set timeframes.

You can find more information on the NSW Government website.

2.    COVID-19 testing

NSW Health is urging anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms to come forward for testing immediately, even if you have been fully or partially vaccinated.

COVID-19 testing clinics are available across NSW and many testing clinics in Greater Sydney have increased their hours of operation with the recent outbreak. You can find up to date information on opening hours and your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic on the NSW Health website.

3.    DCJ service provision in the Greater Sydney areas impacted by stay at home orders

We’ll continue to deliver child protection face-to-face assessments where it’s safe to do so. This includes joint visits with non-government organisations. For more information see the delivering essential services web page.

If you have any questions about joint home visiting, please contact your local Manager Client Services or Director Community Services. If you are unsure who the local Manager Client Services or Director Community Services are, you can contact your contract manager.

We’ll undertake all out-of-home care home visits virtually or postpone them unless there are safety concerns.

Routine client service visits will be rescheduled or held virtually where possible. High risk visits will go ahead where essential only.

Child protection and out of home care services in regional areas not impacted by the stay at home orders will proceed as planned with the appropriate safety precautions including use of PPE.

4.    COVID-19 resources in community languages

You can hear Community Leaders in many languages urging our communities to stay at home.

Social media resources about the stay at home orders, including no visitors in the home are available in almost 60 languages.

Please share these video and social media resources widely with your communities and networks.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

You can also find more information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au

COVID-19 – new restrictions from 18 July 2021

Following the NSW Premier’s announcement yesterday, additional restrictions are now in place for NSW.  This email updates the advice that was provided to you on Friday and also provides advice about exemptions.

These restrictions are serious and exemptions are not given lightly. The intent of the order is to restrict travel as much as possible. Even where DCJ, and NGOs working on behalf of DCJ, have exemptions, we must limit unnecessary movements. Staff should work from home and stay in their LGA, wherever it is possible to do so. Managers should carefully consider if staff must leave the LGA.

Similar advice has been distributed to DCJ staff.

Workers in Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown

If you live in the Fairfield, Liverpool, or Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas you cannot leave the local government area that you live in for work unless you are an authorised worker.

You can go to work in the same local government area you live in if:

·         you live and work in the Fairfield, Liverpool, or Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas

·         the business is allowed to be open

·         you cannot work from home.

If you leave the Fairfield local government area for work as an authorised worker, you need to have a COVID-19 test when required by the rules for testing.

Authorised workers

The list of authorised workers describes the list of workers authorised to travel outside the Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury Bankstown local government areas if they are required to leave home for work.

Items described as activities mean that workers involved in services for providing that activity are allowed to leave the local government area they live in if required for work.

Activities that apply to services being delivered on behalf of DCJ are captured in:

·         Item 11 Health care and social assistance – a person employed or engaged by the Department of Communities and Justice to provide housing or homelessness services

·         Item 12 Health care and social assistance – a person employed or engaged to provide services to persons with disability or vulnerable persons

·         Item 14 Health care and social assistance – family violence and sexual assault services

This means that NGOs delivering services to vulnerable children and their families, including community housing, are included.

Evidence of being an authorised worker

DCJ is preparing a letter for service providers confirming that activities you are doing on our behalf are considered essential. This will be sent to you tomorrow and can accompany a letter of authorisation for your staff to carry with them.  

COVID testing requirements for people residing in Fairfield LGA who leave for authorised work remain in place

The current testing requirements for people who live in Fairfield LGA and travel outside of Fairfield LGA continue. A worker who lives in Fairfield is not permitted to leave the LGA for work unless they have been tested for COVID-19 in the preceding 72 hours and they must have evidence available for the employer and police that they have been tested.

New rules – mask wearing, carpooling and construction and non-urgent maintenance

Additional new rules include:

·         Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. A mask must be worn when you are working outdoors, as well as indoors

·         Construction and non-urgent maintenance to be paused.

You may travel by car with other people if it is for an emergency or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person. If you use a vehicle for work, you are allowed to share a car with a person that you do not live with (carpool) if it is required for your work. This means that NGOs delivering services to vulnerable children and their families, including community housing, are permitted to car pool if necessary.

More information

For further information about the new restrictions, please visit common questions about the updated COVID-19 rules in NSW.

Please visit COVID-19 | NSW Government for more information and continue to regularly review the full list of impacted venues which can be found here. This list is regularly updated with the latest health information and I encourage you to keep checking back to the website for further updates.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

We’re regularly updating information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. This includes COVID-19 CALD resources in community languages and practice guidance for virtual home visits. NCOSS have resources to provide latest information on COVID-19 relevant to health and community services sector. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au

COVID-19 – additional information for essential workers 16 July 2021

Following the most recent Public Health Order outlining restrictions for those who are required to travel for work, could you please ensure that the following message is provided to any of your employees currently undertaking work for or on behalf of the Department of Communities and Justice who:

–          Are residents of the of the Fairfield Local Government Area or

–          Are residents of the Greater Sydney Area (incl. Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong LGAs) and are required to travel to a work location that is 50km or more outside Greater Sydney.

This messaging is consistent with messages provided to public sector employees and some of your employees may already be in receipt of similar messages if they have a DCJ (facs/justice) email address.

Also attached is a template letter should your employee be considered an ‘essential worker’ and requires evidence to demonstrate this to relevant authorities.

COVID-19: Public Health Order update – additional restrictions

Based on the latest health advice regarding the growing number of infectious cases of COVID-19 in the community, the NSW Premier has announced that the current lockdown will be extended for at least another two weeks until 11:59pm on Friday 30 July.

This means the restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place until this time.

In addition to the stay-at-home rules for Greater Sydney, you may need to get a COVID-19 test if you are leaving your home to go to work.

Fairfield COVID-19 tests

If you live in or are staying in the Fairfield local government area but you work outside this area, you must have a COVID-19 test once every 72 hours (three days) in order to be allowed to enter a workplace and must have proof of the test (text message or email) available for inspection on request.

You do not have to wait for a negative COVID test before you can leave the Fairfield LGA for work. However, if a positive test result is received, you must follow the rules for people who are confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Map of the Fairfield local government area

List of suburbs

These restrictions do not apply until the beginning of Saturday 17 July 2021 provided you take reasonable steps to be tested prior to this date.

Greater Sydney COVID-19 tests

If you live in Greater Sydney (incl. Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong LGAs) you must have a COVID-19 test in the seven days before working if your workplace is 50km or more outside Greater Sydney. This means if you live in Greater Sydney and are working for more than seven consecutive days outside of Greater Sydney, you will be required to re-test and must have proof of the test (text message or email) available for inspection on request. Employers must not permit a person who lives in Greater Sydney to attend work outside greater Sydney unless they have provided proof of a test.

These restrictions do not apply until the beginning of Monday 19 July 2021, provided you take reasonable steps to be tested prior to this date.

Map of 50km zone around Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.

Premises owners

Premises owners who have people working on their premises must ensure that workers comply with the testing requirements and must not permit anyone who lives in the City of Fairfield LGA to work on their premises outside the LGA, unless they have provided a valid COVID test.

This applies to all people working at the premises (e.g. employees, contractors and other service providers).

Proof of Covid-19 test

You must have proof of your COVID-19 test such as an SMS text message on your phone or an email addressed to you and of your home address or temporary accommodation in Greater Sydney.

You must show the proof of your test when asked at your workplace to the manager/supervisor/occupier or to a police officer who can ask for identification and evidence of having been tested for COVID-19 from people to determine if they are complying with these requirements

Penalty for workers

If you don’t take a COVID test within 72 hours of leaving the City of Fairfield LGA for work, you will be subject to a $1,000 penalty infringement notice.

People who do not need a mandatory COVID-19 test

 You do not have to get a COVID-19 test:

·         to go outside the Fairfield LGA to go to the supermarket, seek medical attention or provide caregiving. The COVID test requirement only applies for people in the City of Fairfield LGA leaving for work purposes

·         if you are entering the Fairfield LGA for work purposes the restrictions are only people who live in the Fairfield LGA leaving for work, not vice versa.

·         If you live and work in the City of Fairfield LGA you do not need to get tested

·         if you are working at residential premises (someone’s home)

·         if you do not live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas (excluding the Fairfield local government area).

·         if you live and also work in Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour local government areas (excluding the Fairfield local government area).

Exemptions

As always, NSW Health will consider circumstances on a case by case basis.

Getting tested

If you have visited any of these areas and have any symptoms, make sure to follow the NSW Health advice and get tested at one of the many COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is also asked to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.

Please remember that we all have a role to play in slowing the spread of the virus and the best chance we have to keep the community safe and come out of lockdown is to follow the health advice.

If you are required in the office, speak to your manager, make sure you wear a mask, use the Service NSW app to check in and out of the office and wherever you go, and maintain good hygiene.

More information

Please visit COVID-19 | NSW Government for more information and continue to regularly review the full list of impacted venues which can be found here. This list is regularly updated with the latest health information and I encourage you to keep checking back to the website for further updates.

We’re actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we’ll continue to provide regular updates. The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

We’re regularly updating information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. This includes COVID-19 CALD resources in community languages and practice guidance for virtual home visits. NCOSS have resources to provide latest information on COVID-19 relevant to health and community services sector. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au

Template for essential workers providing DCJ services:

Please click here to download.

Template for essential workers providing essential services:

Please click here to download.

COVID-19 update 6 July 2021 for Service Providers

Update: NSW Government
Stay at Home Orders from 6pm Saturday 26 June 2021 until 11:59pm 9 July 2021

1. Joint home visits with NGO and DCJ Staff

Joint home visits can still take place as part of normal service provision.  However in line with NSW Public Health Orders staff must use personal protective equipment (PPE), including wearing face masks.

It is advisable to call ahead before you provide direct support and visits (where safe and appropriate to do so) and ask families and individuals if they have been to any venues of concern across NSW and/or are isolating after getting a COVID-19 test.

For more information see the delivering essential services webpage.  If you have any questions about joint home visiting, please contact your local Manager Client Services or Director Community Services. If you are unsure who the local Manager Client Services or Director Community Services are, you can contact your contract manager.

2. NSW Health COVID-19 resources supporting vulnerable communities

NSW Health have a variety of printable posters, flyers and videos that can help create better awareness about COVID-19 for service users especially in our frontline service delivery areas in regional and remote communities. These can be displayed in your workplaces, and shared with service users.

Please take a look at the following resources to see how they can further strengthen your workplace’s response to COVID-19:

·           NSW Health’s COVID-safe tool kit (face mask and hand hygiene etiquette, encouraging testing and physical distancing, and various translated posters)

·           NSW Health’s COVID-19 Aboriginal health resources:

Video: COVID-19 test process

Video: Wearing a mask

Flyer: How do I self-isolate?

Flyer: Get tested

Flyer: Keep our mob COVID safe

Flyer: Stop the spread

Brochure: Just got tested for COVID-19?

The NSW Government COVID-19 website is the best place to keep informed on what you need to know about the current situation.

You can also find more information on the DCJ COVID-19 latest updates and DCJ program specific advice webpages. We’re here to support you. If you need help, please contact your contract manager or email us at COVID19.Support@facs.nsw.gov.au