New Restrictions for Greater Sydney

The NSW Government has announced a number of new restrictions for people living in Greater Sydney (this includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour).

Read the latest NSW Health Order here.

Anyone leaving hotspots for work now needs to undergo regular testing to ensure they aren’t spreading the virus to their workplaces.

You will not be able to attend work without providing proof of negative test. An SMS or email from the testing organisation can be evidence that a test has been taken.

Live in Greater Sydney?

For workers in Greater Sydney a weekly COVID test is required if you are travelling more than 50 kilometres from the boundary of the lockdown zone.

Live in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland or Blacktown LGA?

You must work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable to do so.

If you cannot work from home, you can only leave your LGA to go to work if you are an authorised worker" - click here to see whether your role is in the NSW Government's list of authorised workers.

Authorised workers include many ASU members. You are an “authorised worker” if you:

  1. Provide services to people with a disability
  2. Provide services to vulnerable people
  3. Provide family violence and sexual assault services  
  4. Work in rail transport including providing support services or are critical safety operational staff
  5. Work in water services including supply, sewerage, sanitation, drainage.
  6. Work in airport operations

If you are an authorised worker and are permitted to leave your LGA for work you need to have evidence that you are an authorised worker – we suggest you carry a letter from your employer. 

If you have questions about the new restrictions and what they mean for you and your work – we can provide advice and support. Book a time to speak with us here, email [email protected] or call 029310 4000.

We have sent detailed information about the Public Health Order to ASU members living in three local government areas. If you have moved, please call us on 0293104000 and we will update your details and send you the latest relevant updates.

Live in Fairfield LGA?

If you are an authorised worker and are permitted to leave your LGA for work you need to:

  1. Get a COVID-test every 3 days
  2. Carry proof of your latest COVID-test result (this can be a text message from NSW Health)

Template Letter for Essential Community / Disability Workers

Download a template letter for your employer to sign here.

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