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Queensland Government COVID-19 updates

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Read the latest Queensland Government COVID-19 updates.

Read more information about the Queensland Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions.

For information about the implications for community services visit our page on easing restrictions on Community Door.

Find out about the latest Queensland border restrictions and apply for a Queensland border declaration here.

The latest information is available in a range of languages here, and an easy-read factsheet about Contact Tracing can be found here.

Those who struggle to social distance throughout their day, should consider wearing a face mask. For more information about wearing face masks visit the Queensland Health website.

22 October 2021

Queensland Health is bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to your local area.

Download a plain English poster containing information about vaccination availability in Queensland here. Queensland Health will have pop-up vaccination clinics at schools around Queensland this weekend. Find out more here.

18 October 2021

The Queensland Government has announced their plan to ease travel restrictions by Christmas if 80% of the eligible Queensland population is vaccinated. More information is available here.

8 October 2021

Eased restrictions for South East Queensland, Townsville and Palm Island

From 4pm AEST Friday 8 October 2021, restrictions on Brisbane, the Gold Coast. Logan City, Moreton Bay, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will ease to Stage 3. More information is available on the Queensland Health website.

Pop-up vaccination clinics

19 pop-up vaccination clinics will open across selected high schools on 9 and 10 October 2021 as part of the second Super Pfizer Weekend. Pop-up vaccination clinics will also be open at 26 community vaccination locations, nine hospital and outreach clinics and five pop-up clinics at various events such as the MOSAIC Multicultural Festival at Roma Street Parklands on Sunday, 10 October 2021.

For the full list of locations and opening times, please visit the Queensland Health website vaccination locations webpage.

1 October 2021

“Moderate” risk category PPE requirements are now in place for Townsville City, Palm Island Aboriginal Shire, Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Regional, Gold Coast City, Redland City and Logan City. Pandemic response guidance – including “moderate” PPE requirements – for healthcare facilities  is available here. Pandemic response guidance – including “moderate” PPE requirements – for aged care and disability services is available here.

Plain English Public Health Directions for restricted Queensland areas

Plain-English public Health Directions for stage two restrictions for the Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island commencing 4:00pm Thursday, 30 September 2021 are available here.

Translated material will be circulated as soon as available.

Queensland Health has also released the following resources that will assist in stopping the spread of COVID-19:

plain English contact tracing factsheet

plain English Check in App factsheet

Home quarantine (for close contacts)

Home quarantine (for casual contacts)

29 September 2021

Following the announcement of four new community COVID-19 cases in Brisbane, mask restrictions for the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast City, Redland City and Logan City local government areas have been reinstated.

Face masks must be work at all times, indoors and outdoors, unless you are able to socially distance outside.

Visitor restrictions are in place for aged care, hospitals, disability accommodation and detention centres. More information to come.

Visiting restrictions for vulnerable facilities

Visiting restrictions are now in place for vulnerable facilities (disability accommodation services, aged care facilities and hospitals) in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast City, Redland City and Logan City LGAs.

Changes have been made to the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.24) to restrict visitor entry anywhere in Queensland by a person who lives or works in the Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast City, Redland City and Logan City Local Government Areas or who has done so since the identified start date (19 September 2021). The following exceptions apply:

  • Workers, employees, personal services providers, pharmacists and pathology providers can continue to enter, subject to the operator’s requirements. For example, this will permit the operator to require a service provider to be vaccinated or to have a negative test result.
  • Emergency services and law enforcement.
  • Prospective residents and their support person.
  • A person who provides support that cannot be provided remotely (e.g. feeding assistance).
  • A person entering for an end-of-life visit.

PPE level is now at moderate for these LGAs, the rest of Queensland remains at low risk.

27 September 2021

From 10:00am Friday, 24 September 2021 mask restrictions have eased for the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland. Further easing of restrictions will be reviewed fortnightly.

South East Queensland – You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

  • Public Transport and ride share: must wear a mask including while waiting for the transport in a public space such as a bus stop, taxi rank or train station.
  • Outdoors (including cafes, restaurants, pubs etc): you must wear a mask when you are standing and unable to stay 1.5m apart from people who are not part of your household. You do not have to wear a mask while seated.
  • Indoors (including cafes, restaurants, pubs etc): you must wear a mask in indoor spaces (including workplaces, but not your own home) unless you are seated, or it is unsafe, or you can stay 1.5m apart from other people, or if you are eating/drinking (including if you are standing to eat/drink).
  • Schools: students can remove masks when seated, and teachers can remove masks when seated or when standing and staying 1.5m apart from other people.

Rest of Queensland – Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physically distancing is not possible.

Movement and gatherings

  • Up to 100 people can gather in homes. No limit for people gathering in public spaces.
  • Indoor funerals and wedding ceremonies: One person per 2m squared or 200 people or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (whichever is the greater).
    • All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2m squared rule.
  • Indoor premises: One person per 2m squared or 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity (e.g. restaurants, cafés, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship and convention centres) with the COVID Safe Checklist.
    • Eating or drinking while standing allowed.
    • One person per 2m squared for short-term accommodation (including hostels, B&Bs and short-term rentals) with the COVID Safe Checklist. Density requirements do not apply in sleeping areas.
    • One person per 2m squared at indoor play areas with the COVID Safe Checklist.
  • Self-service food: No restrictions.

Stadiums and indoor and outdoor events

  • 100% allocated seated and ticketed for stadiums
    • Patrons must wear a mask at all times when standing, moving around, and when entering and exiting. (Stadiums: for SEQ and North Queensland Stadium only).
  • 100% allocated seated and ticketed capacity for indoor events or 1 person per 2m squared indoors.
  • No restrictions on outdoor events, however you are encouraged to wear a mask when you are unable to physically distance.
  • Ticketed venues: 100% capacity with allocated seating (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions).
  • Community sport: No restrictions.

Please continue to check the list of contact tracing venues here.

24 September 2021

From 1am, Friday, September 2021, updates were made to the Border Restriction(46). This Direction has been amended to move the Glenn Innes Severn Council from the Restricted Border Zone to the Non-Restricted Border Zone. More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions, including questions and answers can be found on the Queensland Health website.

The Commonwealth Department of Health has issued its next COVID-19 vaccination Disability Provider Alert – 21 September 2021.

People with disability who need assistance booking a COVID-19 vaccine or need free, fact- checked information and advice about COVID-19 can contact the Disability Gateway on 1800 643 787. Further information relating to this can be found in the provider alert.

Resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is also available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Queensland Department of Health website. This page will be updated regularly with any new advice on COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

23 September 2021

Border Restrictions Direction (No. 44) and other updates

The purpose of this Direction is to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community. The Direction has been updated so that:

– From 1:00am AEST Wednesday 22 September 2021, the Local Government Areas of Byron Shire and Tweed Shire will move from the non-restricted border zone to the restricted border zone.

– This means that people who have been in Byron Shire or Tweed Shire in last 14 days will only be allowed to enter Queensland for essential purposes.

– If you have been in Byron Shire or Tweed Shire in the last 14 days or since 1:00am AEST 18 September 2021 (whichever is later) you must follow stay at home restrictions. (Declared Interstate Places of Concern No. 2)

The list of current interstate places of concern can now be found in the Declared Interstate Places of Concern Direction.

Find out more.

Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 12)

The purpose of this Direction is to assist in containing, or to respond to, the spread of COVID-19 within the community. The Direction has been updated so that:

– The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4.00pm AEST 24 September 2021. Read more about these restrictions in South East Queensland.

– This means that, other than for face masks, all of Queensland (including South East Queensland) is under the same restrictions listed on this page.

Find out more.

17 September 2021

Walk-in weekend vaccinations

Walk-ins will be welcome at community vaccination centres all over Queensland this weekend (18 to 19 September) for anyone aged 12 and over.

Search for your nearest location’s opening times and walk-in availability below.

Key information

– People with existing bookings will be prioritised over walk-ins

– Walk-in availability is subject to supply. If we are unable to accommodate you on the day, we will book you an appointment for the next available time

– Clinics will be offering Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccines to all people aged 12 and over

– Please register your interest online before you arrive if possible, this will save time as we check you in

– Bring your medicare card or photo ID such as a driver’s licence

– Wear a short sleeve shirt and be prepared for queues with a hat, sunscreen and water

NSW border zone residents are permitted to cross the border for scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointments only. Please book an appointment online.

14 September 2021

The Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network in partnership with West Moreton Health have organised a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Hub at the Bundamba Salvation Army, 8 Brisbane Road, Bundamba. The hub opened on Monday, 13 September 2021 and will finish on Friday, 24 September 2021 for people living in the Ipswich Council region. The Hub will be open from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Priority will be given to:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • aged care workers, residents and carers
  • disability workers, participants and carers
  • people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse people
  • people who do not have a Medicare card or are not eligible for Medicare including farm workers
  • people in rural and remote areas with limited healthcare options

Walk-ins are available however, it is preferred to make an appointment to secure a vaccination as spaces are limited. Make an appointment here or telephone 07 4615 0932.

13 September 2021

Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No. 23)

Visitor restrictions in Logan City LGA and Brisbane City Council South of the River introduced over the weekend will be lifted today.

Please continue to check the Queensland Health website for updates to the Public Health Directions. Easy read versions are also accessible here.

PPE risk level for the 11 LGAs in South East Queensland remains at “moderate”: Queensland Health’s Residential Aged Care facility and Disability Accommodation PPE Guidance (PDF).

Border Restrictions Direction (No. 41) effective from 1:00am Monday, 13 September 2021.

  • QLD/NSW border zone is open for essential workers and travel for essential purposes.
  • Essential work means any work or volunteering that cannot be reasonably done from home.
  • People crossing the border for essential work will need to have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Travel between QLD and NSW border zone for essential purposes includes, going to school and receiving medical care.
  • These changes do not allow for travel across the border for recreation or social visits.

Anyone crossing the QLD/NSW border will still require a border pass. See Travelling to Queensland for more information about applying for a border pass.

Vaccination Update

  • Vaccination of 12+ years commences Monday 13 September 2021 (today).
  • All adolescents aged 12 years and over are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

To get a child 12yrs or over vaccinated:

  1. Register via the Queensland Health vaccine bookings website
  2. Use the National Eligibility Checker to find a GP or Pharmacy
  3. Book with a GP
  4. Book at a pharmacy
  5. Use COVID-19 Near Me to book at any available site.

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4.00pm 24 September 2021.

Stage 3 restrictions extended for South East Queensland LGAs

The 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will continue following stage 3 restrictions until 4:00pm Friday, 24 September 2021.

Restrictions are consistent across Queensland with the exception of mask requirements in South East Queensland and from 1:00am Saturday, 11 September 2021, additional restrictions are in place in high-risk settings in the Logan City Council area and Brisbane City Council area, south of the Brisbane River.

Current restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas include:

– up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there

– up to 200 people at an indoor wedding ceremony or funeral service or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details

– there are no density restrictions for venues that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to one person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.

From 4:00pm Friday, 10 September 2021 increased face mask restrictions continue to apply to the 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland until 4:00pm Friday, 24 September 2021.

These Local Government Areas are declared impacted areas and include the following:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

For more information on restrictions:

read more on restrictions in place in South East Queensland including mask wearing requirements

find out about home quarantine if you’re a close or casual contact.

Travelling to Queensland

Restrictions are in place on travelling to Queensland.

Find out about Queensland border restrictions hotspots (including the pause on hotspot arrivals), requirements for border zone residents, entry passes, and more

Read about requirements for Queensland residents and those wishing to relocate to Queensland

Find out about changes to the border zone from 1:00am Monday, 13 September 2021 and Apply for a Queensland entry pass.

Please continue to check the list of contact tracing venues here.

Contact tracing alerts

On Friday, 10 September, a 13 year old Brisbane schoolgirl at St Thomas More College tested positive to COVID-19. All students and families of St Thomas More College have been put into 14 days of mandatory home quarantine.

An interstate truck driver who tested positive after visiting Queensland was also infectious in the community last Sunday and Monday.

Please check the list of contact tracing venues here.

Please keep up social distancing and good hand hygiene. If you are unwell, stay home and immediately call your GP or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to arrange a test.

8 September 2021

Plain English COVID-19 vaccination resources for culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Queensland Health have produced a Plain English COVID-19 Vaccination Information Deck aiming to answer many of the questions and concerns posed by members of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The slides examine vaccine safety concerns, a definition of who the official health authorities are, how the vaccines work, who can and cannot receive the vaccine, how to book, and many more. Many helpful videos and links are also included.

Access the latest version of the Information Deck here.

A plain English fact sheet outlining how a person can register for a COVID-19 vaccination is available here.


Health authorities have provided the following advice for using the deck:

  1. Make sure you have the most up to date version of the Plain English COVID-19 Vaccination Information Deck – it changes frequently! (Access it here. Other resources are available here.)
  2. Depending on your community needs and time available, pick and choose slides that are relevant and tailor the message to fit what is needed.
  3. Contact the CALD COVID Health Engagement Project workers for advice and support in delivering this information here.
  4. It is often helpful to have a clinician who is comfortable working cross culturally and has some knowledge of COVID-19 and the vaccines to answer questions people may have. If you need support to find a clinician, please contact the CALD COVID Health Engagement team and they will try to assist.
  5. Plan and deliver the information in a way that suits communities (E.g.: online session, face to face workshop, video in language). The presentation is best delivered in language with clinician support but if this is not available, in English with an interpreter.

Plain English resources about home quarantine

People may need to quarantine if they have COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed. The standard quarantine period is 14 days after you have been exposed to COVID-19.

This plain English resource has been designed to explain the process of home quarantine and mandated requirements.

Visits to vulnerable facilities

Visitor restrictions for vulnerable facilities (disability accommodation services, residential aged care and hospitals) in the Logan LGA will be lifted from Wednesday 8 September. The 11 South East Queensland LGAs remain in the “moderate” risk category for PPE.

Visit Queensland Health for the latest.

7 September 2021

Translations for the public health alert about the case and associated contact tracing sites in the Logan and Beenleigh area are now available. You can access the translations here.

4 September 2021

Due to the discovery of local cases of COVID-19, visiting restrictions are now in place for vulnerable facilities (disability accommodation services, aged care facilities and hospitals) in the Logan City Local Government Area.

Restricted Areas Direction No. 22

This Direction declares Logan City local government area as a COVID-19 restricted area from 31 August 2021. This means the below restrictions are in effect:

  • restrict visitors to a residential aged care facility, hospital and disability accommodation service in Logan,
  • restrict the purposes for which a resident can leave a residential aged care facility in Logan, and
  • require anyone entering a restricted residential aged care facility or restricted disability accommodation service to wear a single use surgical face mask. Note: people in SEQ are currently required to wear a mask.

Restricting people who live or work in Logan from visiting vulnerable facilities outside Logan

Changes have been made to the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.23) to restrict visitor entry anywhere in Queensland by a person who lives or works in a COVID-19 restricted area (Logan) or who has done so since the identified start date (31 August 2021). The same restrictions are in place for residential aged care and hospitals.

The following exceptions apply:

  • Workers, employees, personal services providers, pharmacists and pathology providers can continue to enter, subject to the operator’s requirements. For example, this will permit the operator to require a service provider to be vaccinated or to have a negative test result
  • Emergency services and law enforcement
  • Prospective residents and their support person
  • A person who provides support that cannot be provided remotely (e.g. feeding assistance)
  • A person entering for an end-of-life visit

PPE in Disability Accommodation Services

The 11 South East Queensland LGAs remain in the “moderate” risk category for PPE. Escalated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and these precautions are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community. Visit the Queensland Health PPE website for the most current PPE guidance, accessible here.

Please continue to check the Queensland Health website for updates to the Public Health Directions. Easy read versions are also accessible here.

27 August 2021

From 4:00pm Friday, 27 August 2021, the affected 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland (Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim) will ease into stage 3 restrictions to join the rest of Queensland with the exception of mask wearing. Mask wearing requirements will continue to apply until 4:00pm Friday, 10 September 2021.

From 4:00pm Friday, 27 August 2021, restrictions for the South East Queensland Local Government Areas and the rest of Queensland will include:

  • up to 100 people in your home, including people who live there
  • up to 200 people or 1 person per 2 square metres or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating. Indoor wedding ceremonies must have a COVID Safe Checklist in place and collect contact details via the Check in Qld app. Outdoor ceremonies have no restrictions and do not have to collect contact details
  • there are no density restrictions for businesses that operate only outdoors. All indoor settings can have up to one person per two square metres or 100 per cent capacity with seated, ticket allocations including stadiums.

For more information please visit www.health.qld.gov.au or www.covid19.qld.gov.au.

23 August 2021

You can now download the plain-English public Health Direction about the eased restrictions for South East Queensland. These rules are in place until 4:00pm Friday, 27 August 2021 at which time the rules will be eased further in line with the Queensland Roadmap to easing restrictions.

PPE in Disability Accommodation Services

  • From 4 pm, Friday, 20 August 2021, Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs will return to the low risk category for PPE.
  • The 11 SEQ LGAs will remain in the moderate risk category for PPE.
  • Escalated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and these precautions are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community.

Visit the Queensland Health PPE website for the most current PPE guidance.

New Queensland Health videos: understanding COVID-19 processes

Getting tested for COVID-19

How to self-isolate during COVID-19

Going to the hospital during COVID-19

Other health resources

The Commonwealth recently hosted a webinar for people with disability, their families and carers on COVID vaccination, this recording is now available.

The Commonwealth has also released a new Health Disability Provider Alert.

20 August 2021

The message to businesses from a meeting held by the Queensland Industry Recovery Alliance (QIRA) on Thursday, 19 August is to ‘focus on ensuring your workforce is vaccinated’. Other updates from QIRA about Queensland’s COVID-19 response are:

  • Queensland’s Chief Health Officer expects further lockdowns in Queensland – Queensland will shut down as soon as there is a single case in the community
  • Queensland has requested for the border to be moved to the Tweed – there is no response from NSW to date
  • There is every effort to prevent movement of people from NSW into Queensland
  • There is hope – Queensland has low infections and a high vaccination rate
  • Our unemployment figures remain positive – we have the strongest performing labour market out of the pandemic.

Further easing of restrictions

From 4:00pm Friday, 20 August 2021 until 4:00pm Friday, 27 August 2021 restrictions will ease in the Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Logan, Redland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim.

Eased restrictions will allow:

  • up to 30 people in homes and public spaces
  • up to 100 attendees at weddings with a maximum of 20 people dancing
  • up to 100 attendees at funerals
  • community sport, with reduced spectators and in line with density requirements
  • 75 per cent ticketed and allocated seating capacity for indoor events (with COVID Safe Checklist)
  • 75 per cent ticketed and allocated seating capacity for stadiums over 20,000 people with COVID Safe Site Specific Plans
  • for masks to not be worn while outdoors. Masks will continue to be required while indoors and you must carry a mask with you at all times when leaving your home.

From 4:00pm Friday, 20 August 2021 restrictions for Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas will be lifted to match the restrictions for the rest of Queensland.

  • All indoor settings: one person per 2 square metres, or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
  • Self-service food: No restrictions.
  • Stadiums with a capacity of 20,000 people can operate at 100 per cent capacity. Spectators attending stadium events will need to wear a mask at all times, except for when eating or drinking.
  • Ticketed venues: 100 per cent capacity with allocated seating (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas, indoor sports, universities and other higher education institutions).
    Private gatherings indoors: limited to a maximum of 100 people
  • Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals: 1 person per 2 square metres or 200 people or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater).
  • All wedding guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) subject to the one person per 2m2 rule.
  • Hospitals, aged care and disability services: Anyone who is a close contact, or has been in a declared hotspot or interstate exposure venue of concern must not visit any Queensland hospital residential aged care facility or disability accommodation services.

The updated roadmap for easing of restrictions has additional information about this upcoming easing of restrictions.

Border Restrictions Direction (No.36)

Entry to Queensland from New South Wales is temporarily restricted by the Chief Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective from 10:30am, 18 August 2021, Border Restrictions Direction (No. 36) applies to any person entering Queensland. NSW residents who reside in the border zone can enter Queensland for essential reasons only.

For the purposes of disability, an essential worker that is permitted to cross into Queensland includes:

  • anyone working in disability accommodation services or providing NDIS supports in a person’s home, and
  • who has not been in a NSW COVID-19 hotspot, and
  • resides in the border zone.

Workers must only remain in Queensland for the purposes of essential work.

What is required to enter Queensland as an essential worker

From Friday 20 August 2021, essential workers will be required to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter Queensland. Essential workers will also require:

– Border Zone Travel (X Pass) Queensland Entry Pass. This should be completed 3 days prior to travelling into Queensland and is valid for 14 days.

– Evidence that you are performing essential work – this could include a letter from your employer on employer’s letterhead, your roster or a booked appointment that shows you need to be physically present to perform essential work.

– Proof of vaccination – You can use your immunisation history statement as evidence of vaccination, available from Australian Immunisation Register, myGOV or Medicare mobile app.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Essential workers are now eligible to attend selected Queensland Health Vaccination Locations without a booking until Friday 20 August 2021 to receive a priority vaccination. Click here to find locations of these clinics. When attending the clinic, you will need to bring:

  • A physical or electronic copy of your current X Pass
  • Photo ID
  • Medicare card

Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccination Access for People Experiencing Homelessness

Queensland Health is partnering with Q Shelter to engage service providers in a workshop to plan how people experiencing homelessness can access COVID-19 vaccinations.

This session will explore the following:

  • What is already happening including local examples
  • Understanding and identifying opportunities and barriers to vaccination for people experiencing homelessness
  • Communications including what is needed to engage and inform people experiencing homelessness
  • Overview of information resources already available.

Tuesday 31 August, 1.30-3.00pm, online.

Learn more or register here. All services from across Queensland in contact with people experiencing homelessness are welcome to attend.

COVID-19 Glossary for CALD communities

The NSW Government has created a glossary of COVID-19 terms for CALD communities.

11 August 2021

The Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas will come out of lockdown from 4:00pm Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

Some restrictions will continue to apply until 4:00pm Sunday, 22 August 2021:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there (and in public places)
  • 20 at weddings and funerals
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations
  • Community sport not permitted
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation.

The roadmap outlining the current restrictions in place for all of Queensland has been updated. You can access the roadmap here. Translations are also available on the Queensland Government’s multicultural information page.

Australian Government Disaster Payments

If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot or are subject to a period of restricted movement you may be able to get the Federal Government COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

The Federal Government has created two new payments to assist those affected by State Government decisions relating to COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Disaster Payment for those whose income is affected by State Government restrictions on movement or ‘lockdowns’ following COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment for those directed to self-isolate or quarantine due to having COVID-19 or being a close contact of someone who does.

Please find attached the poster for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment available in plain-English and 62 other languages. Translations of the resources for community groups are also available on the Federal Government’s website: Coronavirus (COVD-19) resources for community groups.

9 August 2021

Download plain English health directions about the easing of restrictions and lockdown in South East Queensland, the lockdown in Cairns and Yarrabah. Translations about the Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown are available here.

Download information about escalated PPE for healthcare facilities, aged care services, disability services and correctional services in South East Queensland, Cairns and Yarrabah here:

8 August 2021

Following the discovery of additional Delta variant COVID-19 cases, the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas will go into lockdown for three days from 4:00pm on Sunday, 8 August.

If you are in the Cairns or Yarrabah regions please don’t leave your home except for the below reasons. If you are sick, stay home except to get tested.

  1. To buy essentials, such as groceries or medications.
  2. Work if you can’t work from home. No school, except for children of essential workers.
  3. Exercise within 10km from home.
  4. Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 vaccination, or to provide help, care or support.

You are able to have a maximum of two visitors in your residence, and face masks must be worn when outside your residence. Please get tested if you have even the mildest symptoms, and stay across the Queensland Government’s contact tracing locations here.

The following 11 Local Government Areas in South East Queensland will exit lockdown from 4:00pm on Sunday, 8 August:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

These restrictions will continue to apply for the next two weeks in the above listed LGAs:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there
  • 20 at weddings and funerals
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations
  • Community sport not permitted
  • Avoid travelling to regional Queensland
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation.

The roadmap outlining the current restrictions in place for all of Queensland will be updated. You can access the roadmap here. Translations are also available on the Queensland Government’s multicultural information page. Stay tuned to the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 portal for further updates.

6 August 2021

Departmental-Peaks Service Delivery Communication and Liaison meeting

It is unlikely a decision will be made before Sunday on lockdown. If a lockdown is lifted there will still be restrictions – masks, visitor and density limitation. Office based people should probably think about working from home on Monday

Movement of healthcare and support workforce between restricted facilities

The Restrictions for Locked Down Areas (South-East Queensland) Direction (No. 4) was updated on 4 August 2021 to clarify directions around the movement of the healthcare and support workforce between restricted facilities (hospitals, aged care facilities and disability accommodation services). In general, the Direction is designed to limit the amount of movement between facilities as much as possible, and provides the operator of the facility with the decision-making ability to determine what workforce is required where. Further information on how the direction impacts visitors and employees will be regularly updated through FAQs and can be found here.

For staff of disability accommodation services in the South-East Queensland locked down local government areas the following provisions apply:

Vaccinated workers
With the approval of the facility operator, if you have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine you can work outside of the locked down local government area you live in and:

  • work at any hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service within any locked down area
  • only work at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service outside of the South East Queensland lockdown areas if:
    • the facility is your predominant place of work; or
    • it is necessary to prevent a critical workforce shortage at the facility; or
    • to provide essential health or medical care that cannot be provided by someone who has not been in the locked down area.

If you travel outside of a locked down area, you must behave as if you are still in a locked down area, including the use of medium level PPE and complying with home quarantine when not at work. You must also exercise physical distancing wherever possible.

Operators of facilities outside of a locked down area should contact workers who live or work in a locked down area to confirm if their clinic, shift or visit will proceed as scheduled. The updated Direction provides them with this discretion.

Unvaccinated workers
With the approval of the facility operator, if you have not had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can:

  • only work at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service within the locked down local government area you live in
  • only work at a hospital, aged care facility or disability accommodation service outside of your locked down local government area (but not outside the South-East Queensland locked down areas) if:
    • the facility is your predominant place of work; or
    • it is necessary to prevent a critical workforce shortage at the facility; or
    • to provide essential health or medical care that cannot be provided by a person in the locked down local government area of the facility.

This direction applies to shared disability accommodation services as defined in the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No 21):

  • four or more people with disability reside with people who are not members of their family; and
  • the residents share enclosed common living areas within the facility; and
  • the residents are provided with disability supports within the facility.

Further information on restrictions for disability accommodation services can be found here.

If requirements within the direction impact the essential support you provide to NDIS participants, and you are unable to arrange alternative staffing, please contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguard Commission by phoning 1800 035 544 or complete Form 13A, available here.

The Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chief Health Officer or their delegate may give a person or class of persons an exemption from a requirement of this Direction if extreme exceptional circumstances exist. Further information on how to apply for an exemption can be found here.

3 August 2021

Lockdown extended: Communique for funded Housing and Homelessness Service Providers

Housing and homelessness service providers and Queensland Government contract officers can download information about the extended lockdown here.

2 August 2021

Several South-East Queensland local government areas entered a hard lockdown from 4:00pm on Saturday, 31 July until at least 4:00pm Sunday, 8 August 2021. The lockdown was extended after the discovery of more Delta variant cases in Greater Brisbane.

The impacted areas include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The new lockdown restrictions are different and more strict than previous lockdown restrictions. No visitors are allowed to visit your home, unless they are providing paid or voluntary care to a vulnerable person.

Please don’t leave your home except for the below reasons. If you are sick, stay home except to get tested.

  1. To buy essentials, such as groceries or medications.
  2. Work if you can’t work from home. No school, except for children of essential workers.
  3. Exercise within 10km from home.
  4. Healthcare, including to get a COVID-19 vaccination, or to provide help, care or support.

You cannot have visitors in your residence, unless they are providing paid or voluntary care to a vulnerable person. and face masks must be worn when outside your residence.

The Queensland Government anticipates contact tracing will identify many exposure sites over coming days. Please ensure you monitor those sites as they are announced. For more information please visit www.health.qld.gov.au or www.covid19.qld.gov.au

Communique for funded Housing and Homelessness Service Providers

The Queensland Government has released information about the lockdown for housing and homelessness service providers and contract officers. Download it here.

Disability Accommodation Services Direction  

Part 3 of the Disability Accommodation Services Direction will come into effect for all shared disability accommodation services in the impacted LGAs. Part 3 restricts visitors from entering these services and requires the wearing of face masks for those permitted access to these services (excluding residents).

Further information and Q&As will be available here.

Similar requirements apply under the Residential Aged Care Direction and Hospital Visitors Direction.

With regard to PPE guidance, all geographic areas will remain at the risk levels that they currently are.


Other Queensland specific updates

If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

Full details of lockdown restrictions are available on the Queensland Health website.

Translated information for multicultural communities.

Details on the Chief Health Officer’s Directions on Aged Care and Disability Accommodation Services, along with Personal Protective Equipment guidance is available on our COVID-19 Information for Service Providers page.

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has updated forms for use during COVID-19

RTA forms have been updated to reflect the Queensland Government’s extension of temporary COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies until 30 April 2021.

In these updated forms, the RTA has removed references to the previous 31 December 2020 expiry date in line with the amended Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.

A list of updated RTA forms is below. Please ensure you download and use these versions.

If you have any issues accessing the links above, please try clearing your cache via a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5 or reload) of your web browser. If you have any questions about these changes, please email the RTA Outreach team at [email protected].

Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy

Find out more about essential services and other support for Queensland communities, particularly seniors and people with disability, during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 and the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF)

Organisations may be experiencing challenges meeting HSQF timeframes as a result of COVID-19 impacts. The HSQF team supports flexibility where possible. Visit the website for more information.

Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women is working with peak bodies and service providers on the best ways to continue providing essential services as safely as possible. This may mean changes to how services are delivered. To support funded service providers and foster and kinship carers the department has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19.

The Department has also updated information for service providers to reflect what the easing of restrictions will mean for service delivery.

Australian Government updates

Find links to the latest essential information on the Australian Government website and information about the economic response to the Coronavirus.

The National Cabinet released a three-step Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia plan to gradually remove baseline restrictions and make Australia COVID-safe.

Pandemic leave disaster payment

Queenslanders who can’t earn an income because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19, can now access support with a $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. Find out more here.

Find out more about the Australian Government’s economic response to the Coronavirus.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Scammers are using the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to take advantage of people across Australia. This ACCC page details the current scams and what to watch out for.

QCOSS updates

As the peak body for social services in Queensland, QCOSS is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of every person, in every community in Queensland. As community services focus on how we continue to provide essential service to support people and communities during this crisis QCOSS will keep you up to date with what is happening in the sector.

COSS network COVID-19 information for people in other states

ACOSS – Coronavirus Information Hub
NCOSS – COVID-19 Community sector resource
VCOSS – COVID-19 and the community sector
WACOSS – Community Services COVID-19 responses
TASCOSS – COVID-19 Preparation and Advice
SACOSS – Responding to COVID-19
NTCOSS – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for social and community services and the NT

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