The current situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing and as such government and industry advice about, and in response to, the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing as new information becomes available.
To help you with both organisation, community, business and personal decisions, or to just keep updated, please see below to get the most current information.
Should you have situation specific queries we strongly urge you to contact Service NSW who are available 24/7 on 13 77 88 as they will have the most relevant information on hand and will help you guide you through the process.
Please remember, these change day-to-day, and the information Landcare NSW has is informed by these websites so if unsure please go directly to NSW Government website.
Places that fall under ‘exempted gatherings’ must follow the relevant rules including:
– the wearing of face masks
– having a COVID-19 safety plan and
– mandatory electronic check-in (QR codes).
2021 COVID-19 SUPPORT PACKAGE
The NSW Government will provide financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
BUSINESSES, SOLE TRADERS AND SMALL NOT-FOR-PROFITS
The new small business support payment will support up to an estimated 500,000 entities employing more than 3 million people.
REGIONAL STAY AT HOME RULES
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- Enter an address to check whether it is in a local government area where the stay at home rules apply.
- Click on the map for a link to the rules that apply to a local government area.
COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS
Your COVID-19 Safety Plan must address the matters required by the approved COVID-19 Safety Checklist.
The plans set out what businesses and organisations need to do to fulfil their obligations under public health orders and minimise risk of transmission of COVID-19 on their premises.
Complete the relevant COVID-19 Safety Plan for your industry. You need to keep a copy of your plan and provide it when asked to an authorised person.
Rules and restrictions for the regional and rural affected areas in NSW where stay at home rules are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
For more information click here
WORKING AND BUSINESSES
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHORISED WORKERS
From Monday 6 September 2021, in order to work outside a local government area of concern, authorised workers must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 VACCINATION GUIDE
With the COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales and Victoria worsening, and other States going into snap lockdowns to manage the spread of the Delta variant, businesses are increasingly asking about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to encouraging or ensuring that their workers are vaccinated.
A COVID-19 Vaccination Guide is provided here that may assist in navigating a number of grey areas.
Visit this site to see information that covers workplace laws, obligations and entitlements for:
- employers and employees affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
- employers and employees who previously participated in the JobKeeper scheme (qualifying employers, legacy employers and eligible employees)
- employers and employees covered by awards varied by the Fair Work Commission during coronavirus (such as the Vehicle Award).
WORKING FROM HOME
Employers must allow an employee to work from home if it is reasonably practicable to do so.
If you cannot work from home and you go to your workplace, you must wear a face mask (unless an exemption applies).
Full details here
MANDATORY ELECTRONIC CHECK-IN (QR CODES)
Check in is required by staff and customers when they enter certain premises. This covers all industries bar providing emergency services, by vehicle if you do not leave your vehicle, if you are under 18 years of age and it is not possible to register your contact details, to exercise law enforcement, intelligence or national security functions on behalf of a NSW Government or Australian Government agency, a health or medical facility (other than a pharmacy) as a patient or a farm. Activities on farm we suggest still having a sign in register.
Information regarding QR codes here
INSURANCE FOR EVENTS
Landcare NSW has sought advice from Ceneta Insurance Services and the Underwriter has provided the following information:
‘If the groups are acting within the government rules and taking all reasonable care and precautions, there would seem to be no reason an event could not proceed, particularly if their own risk assessment suggests it is ok.
We are unable to cover events where the attendees exceed either the current federal or state advice for public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.
Where events are conducted with attendees less than the government recommendation, we recommend an organisation to undertake a risk assessment as detailed in the attached government advice.
However please note that Indemnity under any policy depends on the specific facts of any particular incident and terms and conditions.
Regarding vaccinations and events, it still comes down to the question of whether a group can be found liable for causing an outbreak at an event where they have been deemed to be negligent by a court. It is impossible to give a definitive answer as every claim will be subject to specific facts and circumstances and will always be subject to the terms and conditions of the policy and how they relate to those facts / circumstances. Any risk must be assessed by an Insured organisation and managed accordingly.’
Please carefully consider the above before holding any activity or event.