New Restrictions Across NSW

All the latest restrictions for those in NSW.

NSW Health have announced that disability support workers who live OR work in LGAs of concern to have their first dose of a COVID vaccine by August 30. Read more here.

NSW Health have announced that they will be requiring authorised workers who work outside their LGA of concern to only attend work if rapid antigen testing is implemented at their work-site OR they have had their first vaccination dose by August 30. Read more here.

All of regional New South Wales will be locked down from 5:00pm on Saturday, August 14.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the measures were designed to "minimise movement and protect our communities from the evolving COVID situation in Sydney".

The ABC understands the stay-at-home orders will be in place for a week.

ASU Organisers are working with union members across NSW. Our priority is keeping you safe, and paid. Book an online meeting with your Organiser here. We will arrange a zoom meeting to speak with you and your colleagues. 

Residents in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour areas you must stay home. Only leave your home to obtain food, exercise or do essential work. You must:

  1. Limit your exercise and shopping to within your Local Government Area (LGA) or, if outside your LGA, within 5km from home
  2. Wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW
  3. Carry a face mask with you at all times

Find your 5km radius here.

These rules apply to those who live in or are temporarily staying in:


From Wednesday 11 August 2021 to 12:01am, Thursday 19 August 2021

Western NSW

Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren local government areas from 7pm, Wednesday 11 August 2021 to 12:01am, Thursday 19 August 2021.

Northern Rivers

Ballina, Byron, City of Lismore and Richmond Valley from 6pm, Monday 9 August 2021 to 12:01am, Tuesday 17 August 2021


From 5pm on Monday 9 August 2021 to 12:01am, Tuesday 17 August 2021


From 5pm, Sunday 8 August 2021 to 12:01am, Sunday 15 August 2021

Newcastle and the Hunter

Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton from 5pm, Thursday 5 August 2021
to 12:01am, Friday 13 August 2021

and Greater Sydney including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour until Saturday, August 28th.

Extra restrictions apply to LGAs of concern. Including:

Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith for the following suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.

In these areas you must 

  1. only leave home to obtain food or exercise within your LGA or 5km of home.
  2. only one person per household may leave the home to obtain food or other goods and services each day
  3. only go to do essential work if it is within your LGA
  4. wear a face mask when you are outside in a public place (such as on a street or at a park)

Find your nearest testing clinic here.

Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Advice and Support

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.

NEW: Test and Isolate payments won by unions for all workers in NSW.

After weeks of pressure from unions and health experts the NSW Government has agreed to make test and isolation payments available to workers.

That's $320 for workers awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

Read more here.

COVID19 Disaster Payment

The Morrison Government relented to pressure on increasing the amount of the COVID-19 disaster payment to a maximum of $750 per week, more than a month into the Sydney lockdown.

From August 2nd, workers will receive $750 per week if they lose 20 hours or more of work while those that lose between 8 and less than 20 hours, or a full day of work, will receive a payment of $450 per week.

This will be automatically updated for those already in the Services Australia system.

You do not need to have run down your annual leave to receive the payment. 

This will be available to everyone in NSW, not just those in Greater Sydney. You can access the payment online via Services Australia

Save money when shopping online. ASU members get discounts on groceries at major retailers. Find a gift card to use today here.

Are you an essential Community / Disability Worker?

Confirmation of Staff Member being an Essential Worker Template letter. Download and provide this letter to your employer to sign to prove your essential worker status.

The NSW Government has information and resources about COVID19 available in many languages.