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New Restrictions Across NSW

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.

New Training Courses for ASU members

New Training Courses for ASU members

ASU Career Launchpad has a range of new courses to boost your skills and help you resolve difficult work situations.

DSW Connect

DSW Connect
Disability Support Workers are skilled professionals who should be valued for the difference they make every day.

ASU Delegates from across the disability sector came up with an idea, a network to connect, learn and grow DSWs careers in the NDIS.

We have launched www.dswconnect.com.au to support DSWs to do their job well, to access ongoing relevant training and to campaign to lift the standards in our sector.

Features include:

Share this fantastic resource with your NDIS colleagues.

Disability Workers can now access priority Pfizer

Disability Workers can now access priority Pfizer
Disability support workers are frontline essential workers, supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.
 
After calls from the ASU the NSW Government has now agreed that residential disability workers can have priority access to the Pfizer vaccine, regardless of age.

How much leave could you have with portable entitlements?

How much leave could you have with portable entitlements?

Every worker in the Community and Disability sectors should have paid time off work for holidays, breaks, long service and if you are unwell or caring for someone in your family.

Use the Find My Leave calculator to find out how much leave you could have if we had portable entitlements.

Community and Disability Delegates Conference 2021

Community and Disability Delegates Conference 2021

ASU members in community and disability services have been at the frontline of the pandemic supporting local communities. This year's conferences even more important than usual. Over two jam packed days over 100 delegates from community and disability sector came together over Zoom to learn, discuss and advocate for their work.

Changes to disability day programs

Changes to disability day programs

NSW Health has recommended that disability day programs temporarily cease all activities in group settings from 6pm July 27 to August 10.

We have written to NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds. You can read our letter here.

Work in day programs? Let us know here.

Vaccine roll out in the disability sector

Vaccine roll out in the disability sector

In just one week we received over 1,000 responses to our survey about the vaccine in the disability sector.

Here’s what you told us:

The majority of disability workers, over 65%, are on track to be vaccinated. They have either had two jabs, one jab or have an appointment already scheduled.

While only 20% of disability workers are currently fully vaccinated two-thirds of the workforce are ready to get a vaccine today.

Women's Safety Summit

Women's Safety Summit

The Federal Government is holding a National Women’s Safety Summit on 6 and 7 September.

New Restrictions: Orange, Blayney, Cabonne

New Restrictions: Orange, Blayney, Cabonne

NSW Health has announced new restrictions for everyone living in the Orange City Council, Blayney Shire Council, and Cabonne Shire Council areas.

These new stay-at-home restrictions are in place from today until Wednesday July 28.

Everyone must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 2 or fewer (unless members of the same household);
  • Work, or teritary education, where you cannot work or study from home.
  • Schools will remain open, under Level 3 restrictions. All staff and students are still expected to be at school.
  • To attend a wedding or a funeral (but only during the grace period, which ends at 12:01am on Friday 23 July 2021). After this date, funerals will be limited to ten people.
  • Masks must be worn indoors (not including the home) and in outdoor settings where you cannot socially distance from others (e.g. while queuing for takeaway).
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