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Latest Covid-19 restrictions

 

Updated:  29 January, 2022

 

Total active cases - 393,038

Locally acquired last 24 hours - 2,358

Overseas acquired last 24 hours - 15

Under investigation last 24 hours - 27,609

Locally acquired last 7 days - 15,131

Overseas acquired last 7 days - 69

Under investigation last 7 days - 186,537

 

SUMMARY

 

Across the country, although case numbers remain high a a result of the omicron variant continuing to spread, health authorities believe we have reached the peak and numbers will begin to fall.

 

This is despite both NSW and Victoria seeing their deadliest day of cases over the weekend with 52 and 39 deaths in a single day respectively.

 

The Australian Government has announced that they will be providing free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to some Australians, but supply shortages remain a serious issue across the country.

 

The tests will be free for people who hold a:

 

  • Pension concession card
  • Commonwealth seniors healthcare card
  • DVA gold, white or orange card
  • Health care card
  • Low income card

 

Positive RATs no longer require a confirmation PCR test, once a positive is received on a RAT, the 7-day isolation period begins. National Cabinet also announced the day six testing requirement for confirmed COVID-19 cases was removed. 

 

For those seeking to buy a RAT, a Melbourne software developer has created FindaRAT.com.au  which invites users to submit information on where rapid antigen tests are available or advise if they are in low supply or out of stock.


In Victoria, following the ongoing escalation of cases, Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley announced a density limit of one person per two square metres would return to indoor entertainment and hospitality venues in Victoria.

 

Indoor seated cinemas and theatres, where people are seated and masked, will be exempt from the limit, however, there is no plan to introduce another lockdown.

 

It has also become mandatory to report positive rapid antigen test results to the health department.

 

Face masks are required indoors for everyone aged 8 and above at all times, unless an exemption applies.

All workplaces must have a COVID Safe Plan and keep records of everyone attending using the Service Victoria app.

Workplaces must also display signage in public spaces providing information about check-in, vaccination requirements and where relevant, mask requirements. 

 

The NSW government has reimposed restrictions to help ease the pressure on hospitals. 

 

These include density limits for hospitality venues and nightclubs. 

 

Mask rules remain in place, all people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask:

 

  • in indoor areas (e.g. while shopping, when at a library)
  • in indoor areas of common property of apartment buildings
  • at a public transport waiting area  
  • while on public transport (including in taxis and rideshare services)
  • if you are working at a hospitality venue and dealing directly with members of the public
  • on an aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW and in the airport.

 

Entry to NSW is restricted when a NSW Health concerns notice identifies affected areas, areas of concern and places of high concern.

 

Check the COVID-19 concerns notice before you travel. 

 

New South Wales residents must now report any positive results they receive for COVID-19 rapid antigen tests - or face a $1000 fine.

 

As of Wednesday 12 January, At 9am the reporting system has been rolled out through the  Service NSW app or website, with residents aged 16 and over now required to report positive results to authorities within 24 hours.

 

Those who receive a negative or invalid rapid antigen test result, or receive a positive PCR test in the 28 days before a positive rapid antigen test, are not required to register their result.

 

If you have any issues or need help completing the form, call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

 

As of  21 January 2022, employers only need to report to SafeWork NSW if a worker is hospitalised or dies as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Notify SafeWork NSW through the reporting portal. The previous obligation to report all COVID-19 cases contracted in the workplace has been removed.  

 

In Queensland, domestic border restrictions are to be removed. From 1am AEST Saturday 15 January 2022, domestic border restrictions for people entering from a hotspot will no longer be in place.

 

Restrictions will remain in place for  international travel.

 

Mask are required indoor across the state. As such, masks are required in: 

 

  • supermarkets and shops
  • public transport and rideshare
  • airports and on planes
  • cinemas and theatres
  • in workplaces (unless it is unsafe to wear a mask)
  • pubs, clubs and cafes (except if seated)
  • indoor stadiums and sports arenas (except if seated)
  • libraries, hairdressers and nail salons
  • waiting rooms, medical centres.

 

From 1am AEST Friday 7 January 2022, all localities of the Moree Plains Shire Local Government Area in New South Wales are  no  longer part of the restricted border zone.  Non-restricted border zone requirements apply to border zone residents and Queensland residents travelling to Moree Plains Shire.

 

From January 1 2022, a negative Rapid Antigen Test can be used by hotspot travellers to meet entry testing requirements.

 

You must apply for and receive a Queensland entry pass prior to your entry into Queensland. Find out what else you need if you are entering Queensland:

 

 

South Australia continues to operate under level 1 restrictions. There are no longer any entry requirements for all interstate travellers into South Australia.

 

From  Saturday 5 February 2022, WA will embark on its Safe Transition and ease interstate and international borders. Additional public health and social measures will be introduced when WA transitions.   

 

Premier Mark McGowan has outlined the plan for when cases inevitably spike, the full and detailed breakdown of these restrictions, and when they will be implemented, will be available on the Healthy WA website.

 

Mask are mandatory in the following settings:

 

  • All public indoor venues
  • On public transport - including in ride share services and taxi services
  • Outdoor events including outdoor music festivals.

 

Depending on where they are travelling from, interstate travellers are permitted to enter WA, subject to strict conditions. These conditions are based on public health advice and outlined as part of  WA's controlled border arrangement.

 

The arrangement does not allow travellers to enter WA from medium, high or extreme risk jurisdictions without an approval through G2G Pass.

 

Visit the  Controlled border frequently asked questions page for more information about the arrangement and conditions of entry.

 

There are no longer any restrictions on interstate travel to the ACT,  except for people who are close contacts.

 

Close contacts require an exemption to travel to the ACT.

 

Face masks must be work in indoor settings.

 

To enter the NT, you must:

 

 

At 1pm Thursday 6 January 2022 a Territory-wide lockout came into effect. The lockout will remain in place until midday Monday 10 January 2022.

 

As of Friday 31 December 2021 an indoor mask wearing mandate was introduced. A person must wear a mask while inside any premises, vehicle or vessel where they cannot maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

 

All travellers to Tasmania  must register through the Tas e-Travel system.

 

There are situations when wearing a mask is mandatory in Tasmania, including in  indoor spaces, when  travelling on planes and the Spirit of Tasmania, and in  health and aged care settings.

  

Wherever you reside, and wherever you may be planning to travel, FPA Australia encourages you to take care and to continue exercising caution. 

 

Below are some information sources that may help you to understand what is in place in your state or territory.   

 

 


Please note:  FPA Australia tries to keep this page as accurate and up-to-date as possible. However, Coronavirus policy is changing rapidly, so practitioners should check the links to confirm what is required of them.