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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).

New COVID 19 Support Packages

New COVID 19 Support Packages

New COVID Support Package (announced 13 July 2021)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Greater Sydney is “more severe, more dangerous and more protracted" (read about the latest NSW restrictions here) and has announced a new disaster payment package with the NSW Government for NSW workers and businesses. 

New Restrictions for Greater Sydney

New Restrictions for Greater Sydney

From the ABC

NSW's COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be tightened after the state recorded 44 new infections — the highest daily number in the latest outbreak.

From 5:00pm Friday July 9 in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour: 

  • Outdoor public gatherings will be limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
  • Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
  • From Sunday, the number of mourners at funerals will be capped at 10.

For more advice stay up to date with the latest at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/.

Union members can contact the ASU for advice or support at [email protected] or call 0293104000.

Disability Workers: COVID VACCINE Survey

Disability Workers: COVID VACCINE Survey

The purpose is for the Australian Services Union to better understand our members' experiences and perspectives on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Answer the survey here.

This survey is open to all disability workers - please share it with your colleagues.

No personal or identifiable information will be shared with anyone. Your individual response is strictly confidential.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey please contact the ASU at [email protected] or call 02 9310 4000.

Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NDIS_VACCINE_WEB

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