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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.

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.

23 July 2021

Face Masks

Face mask restrictions will continue to apply for South East Queensland until 6am Friday, 30 July 2021. This includes anyone who has been to the impacted areas in South East Queensland in the last 14 days.

The impacted areas of South East Queensland 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

A New South Wales border zone came into effect from 1:00am Friday, 23 July 2021 when all of New South Wales was a declared hotspot. New South Wales border zone residents can only cross the border for a permitted purpose. Likewise, Queensland residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone for a permitted purpose, including health care, work, education, essential shopping and if they provide care to vulnerable people. Queenslanders will be able to travel into the NSW border zone for similar reasons, but not further than the border zone. If a person has been in other areas of NSW outside of the border zone, they won’t be able to enter Queensland for 14 days since they were in those areas.

Contact tracing alerts

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Anyone who has been to an interstate exposure venue is required to follow the quarantine requirements of the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction.

Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.21)

From 6am 23 July 2021, there are no LGAs listed as Queensland COVID-19 restricted areas for disability accommodation services, hospital visitors and residential aged care.

Disability accommodation services in the following LGAs remain at “moderate” risk in relation to PPE Guidance:

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

20 July 2021

Queensland Health is issuing new contact tracing locations in the following locations:

  • Noosa Heads
  • Buderim
  • Flaxton
  • Montville
  • Maroochydore
  • Mooloolaba
  • Southbound train – Sunshine Coast line
  • Brisbane domestic airport
  • Cairns domestic airport

For a full list of locations and advice on what to do if you’ve been to a venue, visit https://www.health.qld.gov.au/tracing. This page will be progressively updated as new locations are released.

Advice from ATAGI about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the context of an outbreak of the COVID-19 delta strain.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) has provided advice about the use of AstraZeneca in the context of the COVID-19 delta strain outbreak. The advice states that anyone who has received an AstraZeneca vaccine more than 4 weeks ago should arrange their second dose as soon as possible.

ATAGI has also reinforced its earlier advice that the benefits to people aged 60 or over of being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine strongly outweigh the risks. Vaccination is essential for this group in the context of an outbreak.

ATAGI also recommends adults under the age of 60 who do not have immediate access to the Pfizer vaccine should consider the benefits and risks of earlier protection through the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This recommendation is in the context of an outbreak increasing the risk of people contracting COVID-19 – and therefore the increased benefit vaccination provides

16 July 2021

Disability and Aged Care Directions updated

Visit our Information for service providers page for the latest.

15 July 2021

Delays to eased restrictions for some LGAs

From 6:00am AEST Friday, 16 July:

Restrictions for South East Queensland will continue for a further 7 days – face mask and gathering restrictions, including visitor restrictions for vulnerable person facilities (hospitals, aged care and disability centres), will continue to apply across those impacted areas.

Restrictions will ease for Townsville, Magnetic Island and Palm Island – restrictions will be the same as for the rest of Queensland.

Stay up to date at Queensland Health.

12 July 2021

COVID-19 response and vaccination for people with disability

National Cabinet

Following Friday’s National Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister has made a statement regarding vaccination requirements for disability support workers. Click here for the full statement.

  • It is strongly encouraged that all disability support workers get vaccinated.
  • In August, National Cabinet will consider mandating the vaccine for residential disability support workers who support NDIS participants with a requirement for the workforce to have had at least their first dose by 31 October 2021.

Medical Recommendation: Pfizer

Queensland Health has released the new Queensland Health Recommendation form to receive the Pfizer Vaccine. This form must be completed by a medical practitioner for people aged 60 years and over who have a medical circumstance that requires them to access the Pfizer vaccine. This form is currently being circulated to GPs for their information and use. To make a vaccination appointment, register here.

Information from the NDIA: SIL Vaccination Payments

The invoice for the $150 payment to the NDIA has to be made within 28 days of the final vaccination appointment. SIL providers can submit a claim once the NDIS participant has received all required doses to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unless for reasons outside of the SIL provider’s control, the participant can’t receive all required doses.

The NDIA website has more information about how SIL providers can claim for this support. Further information can be found in the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits 2021-22.

This is a support being provided by the NDIA, and they will be best placed to respond to questions about how providers can claim this payment. Further enquiries should be directed to [email protected] or by calling 1800 800 110.

The Commonwealth released a Disability Provider Alert on 5 July 2021, click here.

8 July 2021

The Residential Aged Care Direction (No. 2) and Disability Accomodation Services (No. 20), as well as the Hospital Entry Direction (No. 22) have been updated so that:

Students doing a placement as part of their study can only enter a restricted residential aged care facility if they have had two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

If a student has been in a restricted local government area in the last 14 days they cannot enter a residential aged care facility anywhere in Queensland for a placement, unless they are fully vaccinated, even if the facility is not located in a restricted local government area.

Students that have been in a restricted local government area in the last 14 days who are not fully vaccinated can still enter a residential aged care facility for permitted personal reasons not related to their placement.

Find out more.

5 July 2021

Translated information about current restrictions and mask wearing for Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Townsville City and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire is available here.

2 July 2021

Update on lockdown – Greater Brisbane to continue until 6:00pm on Saturday, 3 July

Due to the discovery of new cases and preliminary contact tracing, the lockdown will continue in the Brisbane and Moreton Bay LGAs until 6:00pm on Saturday, 3 July.

The lockdown conditions will end as scheduled at 6:00pm on Friday 2 July in these areas: Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Townsville City and Palm Island Aboriginal Shire.

From 6 pm, Friday 2 July 2021, the aforementioned LGAs will be subject to Restrictions on Impacted Areas Direction (No.7) which were in place prior to the lockdown and include:

  • You must always carry a mask whenever you leave your home.
  • Masks must be worn in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, public transport, hospitals, aged care facilities, churches and workplaces where you cannot physically distance.
  • You must be seated to eat or drink in cafes, restaurants or businesses.
  • All indoor settings return to 1 person per 4 square metres indoors, 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating.
  • Private gatherings are restricted to 30 people including residents, visitors and children.

All LGAs will remain Queensland COVID-19 restricted areas under the Queensland COVID-19 Restricted Areas Direction (No. 16).

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gold Coast City
  • Noosa Shire
  • Somerset Region
  • Lockyer Valley Region
  • Scenic Rim Region
  • City of Townsville
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire

Part 3 of the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.19) will remain in effect for shared disability accommodation services in these areas. Part 3 restricts visitors from entering these services, requires the wearing of face masks for those permitted access to these services (excluding residents), and requires operators of these services to take all reasonable steps to ensure the appropriate use of PPE in accordance with Queensland Health’s Guidance.

Similar requirements will remain in effect for residential aged care facilities and hospitals.

All Public Health Directions are available here.

Keep up to date at the Queensland Health website.

Escalated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use

Queensland Health is providing further advice on escalated use of PPE, given the recent community COVID-19 cases and community transmission in the South-East Corner of Queensland. These precautions are intended to limit the further spread of this variant in
the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community.

1 July 2021

Queensland Health is working closely with key stakeholders across the state to ensure that people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds have access to current, culturally appropriate and translated COVID-19 information. Resources regarding the lockdown have been translated and are available here.

29 June 2021

Update three – SE Qld, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island will go into a three day lockdown from 6:00pm this evening

As announced this morning, from 6:00pm Tuesday 29 June 2021, a three day lockdown will be in place for the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

  • Noosa
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Logan
  • Redlands
  • Moreton Bay
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Scenic Rim
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Somerset
  • Townsville City
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire.

The lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on Friday, 2 July 2021.

Anyone in the affected LGAs will be required to stay at home except for essential reasons. Anyone who was in South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) or Palm Island on or since 6:00pm Tuesday 29 June 2021 is required to follow the same lockdown rules even if they are no longer in those areas.

You can only leave your residence (which includes temporary accommodation such as a holiday rental) for limited permitted purposes such as:

  • obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare (including vaccinations)
  • exercise
  • attending essential work or childcare
  • assisting vulnerable persons.

You should stay in your local area wherever possible. You can only have two visitors to your residence (excluding volunteers and workers). You can exercise away from your home with your household group and/or one other person not from your household.

You must carry a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, such as:

  • shopping centres and supermarkets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities, if permitted to visit
  • indoor workplaces (where safe to wear a mask and you can’t physically distance)
  • public transport, taxis and rideshare, and waiting places or queues for this transport
  • airports and travelling on planes.

Masks do not need to be worn in some circumstances, including children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so. Masks may be removed when sitting down to eat and drink, undertaking strenuous exercise and for employment purposes.

Non-essential businesses are not allowed to operate. Cinemas, entertainment and recreation venues, hairdressers, beauty and personal care services, gyms and places of worship will all close.

Childcare centres will remain open.

Restaurants and cafes can provide take away or home delivery services only.

Funerals will be limited to 20 people, and weddings will be limited to 10 people, including the celebrant and the couple.

Restrictions on aged care, hospitals, disability care and correctional facilities apply with no personal visitors allowed. Anyone attending these facilities in South East Queensland, Townsville or Palm Island, including staff, must wear a mask. People will still be able to visit their loved ones who are at end of life.

You can return to your home outside of South East Queensland, Townsville or Palm Island, but you must follow the same lockdown rules when you return home, regardless of where your destination is.

Those leaving South East Queensland, Townsville or Palm Island during this time may do so for essential reasons or to return home, but must also remain at their residence and limit their movements until the lockdown period has ended.

If you live outside South East Queensland, Townsville or Palm Island, you can transit through those areas without stopping.

Please stay up to date with the latest restrictions by visiting the Queensland Health website and the Unite and Recover COVID-19 website or by calling 134 COVID (13 42 68).

Update two

Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the community, with contact tracing and testing underway after two people tested positive.

For two weeks, masks will be required in Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan , Redlands, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Moreton Bay and Somerset local government areas. The following conditions will apply from 1:00am on Tuesday, 29 June 2021:

  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave your home.
  • Masks must be worn in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, public transport, hospitals, aged care facilities, churches and workplaces where you cannot physically distance.
  • You must be seated to drink or eat in cafes and restaurants, and businesses and venues must return to the one person per 4m square inside and one person per 2m square outdoors, while smaller venues up to 200m square are allowed one person per 2m square with a maximum of 50 people.
  • Private gatherings are restricted to 30 people, and up to 100 people can attend weddings and funerals. Only 20 people can dance at weddings.

Update one

A Public Health Alert has been issued for parts of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, including:

  • Brisbane Airport
  • Brisbane City
  • Chapel Hill
  • Clayfield
  • Coochin Creek
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Hamilton
  • Hendra
  • Herston
  • Indooroopilly
  • Newstead
  • Tenerife
  • West End

All Queenslanders should regularly monitor the list of exposure venues on the Queensland Health website and follow the public health advice.

View a full list of locations and advice on what to do if you’ve been to a venue.

28 June 2021

Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at home in Queensland) Direction (No.2)

From 10:00am, 27 June 2021, the Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at Home in Queensland) Direction (No. 2) came into effect with the following changes:

  • People already in Queensland who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including Shellharbour, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after 1:00 am 21 June 2021 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left those areas.
  • People already in Queensland who have been in City of Sydney, Randwick, Woollahra or Waverley on or after 11 June 2021 should continue to follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left those areas.
  • The direction is in place until midnight on Friday, 9 July 2021.

The direction prevents affected people from leaving home to work in a vulnerable setting including hospitals, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and to provide NDIS services. This took effect at 1:00 am 26 June 2021.

More information is available here.

Escalation of PPE to Moderate Risk

To best protect vulnerable persons, as of 1:00 pm on Sunday, 27 June 2021, the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” risk category for the purposes of PPE:

  • Sunshine Coast Region
  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City
  • Gold Coast City
  • Scenic Rim Region

All other LGAs remain in the ‘low’ risk category.

All health and care settings are to escalate the use of PPE, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community health care settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings)
  • Queensland Health Vaccination Clinics.

In addition to these specific settings, clinicians and non-clinical personnel who live or work in the affected areas who also work in other facilities or areas outside the escalated LGAs should follow the requirement for escalated PPE.

Please note that this PPE guidance is additional to and does not replace the CHO Directives that have been formally issued, and for which compliance is mandatory. The PPE escalation will remain in place until notification that it has been rescinded by the Chief Health Officer. PPE escalation guidance documents can be found online. The guidance documents set out which PPE should be used in three categories of community risk – low, moderate and high.

In application of the PPE guidance, the Chief Health Officer has the responsibility to determine which level of risk is applicable in a LGA or other specified geographic area. Queensland Health facilities, residential aged care facilities, and disability accommodation services are required to comply with implementation of this guidance. For entities external to Queensland Health, a decision on whether to follow the PPE protocols in the Guidance for health services will then rest with the responsible Chief Executive or equivalent for that entity, except where a Directive requires use of PPE.

Further information regarding Queensland Health’s response to COVID-19 including PPE guidance can be found here.

Other Directions

The following Directions commened at 6:00 am on Monday, 28 June 2021:

  • Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.21)
  • Movement and Gathering Direction (No.11).

The Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction (No.21) will:

  • re-instate an occupant density limit of 1 person per 2sqm.
  • allow wedding ceremonies and funerals held indoors to have whichever is greater:
    • 1 person per 2 square metres; or
    • 200 people; or
    • 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and located seating.

The Movement and Gathering Direction (No.11) will limit private gatherings to a maximum of 100 people.

Further Directions and Protocols also commenced at 1:00 am on Monday, 28 June 2021:

Queensland Travel Declaration Direction (No.3) will:

  • remove the exception for border zone residents.
  • require everyone entering Queensland, including border zone residents, to complete a Queensland Travel Declaration.
  • clarify that a person who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the identified start date for the hotspot, whichever is less, must complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

Border Restrictions Direction (No.26) will:

  • retain the requirement for a person who has been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the identified start date for the hotspot, whichever is less, to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.
  • remove the current requirement for people from a State or Territory with hotspots to do a Queensland Border Declaration Pass. These people only have to do the Travel Declaration. They must only do the Border Pass if they have been to the hotspot.

Three protocols (Operational protocol for freight movements entering Queensland, Operational protocol for disaster management workers entering Queensland and Protocol for maritime crew members joining or signing off a vessel in Queensland) have also been updated to:

  • reflect the changes to the Border Pass and Travel Declaration requirements
  • clarify the requirements under the Border Restrictions Direction (No.26).

For the latest updates visit the Queensland Health website.

25 June 2021

Endeavour Foundation Vaccination Hubs for NDIS participants, their primary carers and support workers

Endeavour Foundation is working with the Australian Government to make it easier and quicker for NDIS participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure as many people as possible are protected, it’s critical to make vaccinations available in comparatively quiet suburban locations with easy parking, good mobility access and accessible toilets. To support the rollout of the accessible vaccination hubs, a trial site has been set up in Geebung. More information about how to book, when to attend and where to go can be found here.

Updates have been made under the Disability Accommodation Services direction

The following updates have been made under the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.19):

  • Disability accommodation services are to make all reasonable efforts to collect contact information about all visitors (including volunteers and contractors) entering the service using the Check In Qld App.
  • Services are to make all reasonable efforts to display the Check In App at all entries to the service.
  • Places an obligation on a person visiting the service to use the Check In Qld App on entry. If a person is unable to provide their contact information using the Check In App due to age, disability or an inability to speak or comprehend the language used by the Check In Qld App, another person may provide their contact information on their behalf.
  • Provides exceptions to allow certain people to be exempt from using the Check In Qld App on entry in emergencies or based on compassionate grounds or a risk to a person’s safety.
  • Provides exceptions for situations where the Check In Qld App may not be able to be used because of unexpected circumstances such as internet outages. In these situations the operator of a facility must continue to collect contact information for visitors via a another method such as a spreadsheet or a paper-based form.
  • Provides a transitional period until 9 July 2021. Services have until 9 July 2021 to commence mandatory use of the Check In Qld app. During the transitional period, services can continue to use their current contact information collection method.

Similar requirements have been made under the Residential Aged Care Direction and Hospital Visitors Direction (No. 21).

Declared Hotspots Direction

The Declared Hotspots Direction has been updated to declare additional New South Wales Local Government areas as a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am, Thursday 24 June 2021.

Anyone who has been in a Declared Hotspot must follow the Border Restrictions Direction which states that anyone who has been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, or since the start date identified for the hotspot (whichever is shorter), will not be allowed to enter Queensland, except for returning residents and a limited range of people who can enter for essential purposes. In addition, anyone who has been in a state or territory with a hotspot in the last 14 days must apply for a Queensland Border Declaration pass before they enter Queensland.

The Local Government Areas that make up Greater Melbourne in Victoria have been removed as declared hotspots as at 1am today, Friday 25 June 2021.

You can read how hotspot declarations affect Disability Accommodation Services here, and other facilities:

Other Public Health Directions

Further changes have come into effect under:

Get tested

It remains incredibly important that if you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

More information

More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions is available on the Queensland Health website. Easy read versions are also accessible here.

There has been a further easing of restrictions for places of worship

Queensland Health have advised of a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions that will allow more people into your spiritual homes to practice physical onsite worship.

From 1:00am today (Friday 25 June 2021):

Increased Numbers allowed at Worship Services

  • Indoor worship services can grow from one person per two square metres to three people per four square metres, an increase in capacity of 50 percent.
  • There is no limit on numbers at outdoor worship services.
  • Places of Worship can have 100% capacity for indoor worship events with ticketed and allocated individual seating.

Sharing a meal at Pre and Post Worship Gatherings

  • Buffet, self-service food and share plates will be permitted at pre and post worship gatherings.

Removal of COVID Safe Industry Plans

  • To make things simpler for industries, all industry plans will be removed and are no longer required in their current format.  They will be replaced with a simple, universal checklist for all industries to use instead, along with supporting guidance material, which will focus on four key areas:  Density, Check-in QLD app, Cleaning and Staff Wellness.  The checklist will need to be displayed in your Place of Worship.  Queensland Health are currently seeking Chief Health Officer approval of this checklist and it will be shared with you as soon as it becomes available.

Check in QLD app

These relaxations and changes are largely made possible by the success of the Check in Qld app that has sped up contact tracing. As a result, the Check in Qld app will become mandatory for Places of Worship from 1:00am Friday 9 July 2021 (only required for indoor worship services, including weddings and funerals).

Updates about COVID-19 restrictions easing following Queensland Health briefing on 24 June

Easing of restrictions

  • Density requirements are now 3 people per 4 square metres or full allocation of seating via ticketing.
  • There are no limitations of gatherings in homes, but indoor gatherings greater than 100 people should keep a list of attendees (the attendee list should preferably be digital, not paper).
  • There are no limitations on outdoor gatherings.
  • Dancing is allowed at 3 people per 4 square metres.
  • Buffets are allowed again.
  • Queensland Health is expanding the numbers and types of organisations that must use the Check In Qld app–this list will be finalised by 9 July and will include places of worship.
  • The COVID safe framework, industry plans and event plans will be replaced by a universal four page checklist that contains the same content as the industry plans (industry plans can be used as guidance material but they no longer need approval from QLD Health). The checklist will contain information on density requirements; contacts; cleaning standards (these have not changed); general hygiene and staff wellbeing and will be supported by guidance material. The checklist and guidance materials will be published in several languages. Businesses do not need to submit their checklists to Qld Health – they just need to be displayed or able to be produced on request. The checklists are not intended to be onerous on the business.

The below questions were posed by audience members:

What is the frequency and level of cleaning required for businesses?

There are no specific details to hand, but these have not changed.

How should buffets be run?

Servers must maintain industry standards around the serving of food and adhere to food safety regulations. Individuals can now serve themselves from buffets.

Is physical distancing still needed?

The only physical distancing restrictions are 3 people per 4 sqm or full allocation of seating if it can be ticketed and allocated. This means physical distancing falls away. Dancing is allowed at this density. Ticketed seating allows for standing and sitting in the allocated seating. However, movement should be minimised when people come together in such a large density.

Do we need to wear masks?

Masks are only mandated for use in airports. They are recommended for use by vulnerable citizens, although this is not mandated.

What are the regulations for the Check In Qld app?

  • It’s considered a first line of defence for contact tracers.
  • There is an obligation for the business to register for the app and display collateral, and to the best of their ability ensure individuals are checking in when they enter an establishment. However, Queensland Health is looking at amending this public health declaration to put the obligation on the business and individuals, including fines and penalties.
  • If someone doesn’t have a smart phone, then a third party can enter their details using their own app. The preference is for businesses not to have paper records.
  • The app is not compatible with any other existing systems.
  • If someone is visually impaired, they can be supported to check in by family, friends or the hosting business.

 The Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information)  Act 2020 states it is an offence to refuse to allow a person to enter premises that are otherwise accessible to the public on the grounds that they have not consented to uploading COVID app data – how does this relate to mandating the app?

  • The obligation for patrons to sign into a business is on both the individual and organisations. The organisation is obliged to make the Check In Qld app available and endeavour to get individuals to sign in. But Queensland Health doesn’t want organisations to put themselves at risk by having an altercation with someone who won’t provide their details.
  • There is no stipulation for businesses to record people who have refused to provide details.
  • If there is community transmission requiring tracing, and the contact tracers identify individuals who failed to check-in, then the enforcement or penalty will be against the individual as long as the business has met its obligations.

Is a single QR code okay for all buildings and spaces on a premises?

  • Some larger establishments with several functions on one day have used more than one QR code to differentiate attendees.

What will happen in future lockdowns?

  • Businesses must follow restrictions for any lockdown and, once restrictions are lifted, the check-list will come back into effect.

22 June 2021

The check in QLD App will soon be mandatory for all shared disability accommodation services

From 1:00 am on Friday 9 July, the Check In Qld app will be mandatory for all shared disability accommodation services.

The use of the app will only apply to visitors, volunteers and contractors, not residents or staff and its introduction is only a change in information collection method. No new information will be required from what is already being collected.

Under the Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No. 18), a shared disability accommodation service is defined as a service where:

  • 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, whether inside or outside; and
  • the residents are provided with disability supports within the facility.

These settings have been identified as having a higher risk, due in part to the number of workers who visit and the vulnerability of residents.

When our eyes go off women and children: what are the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdowns?

The most recent COVID-19 learning exchange focussed on how COVID-19 lockdowns affect incidences of domestic violence. It’s well worth a watch.

21 June 2021

Brisbane contact tracing alerts

Queensland Health is issuing a contact tracing alert for parts of Brisbane, in relation to a new COVID-19 case in the community.

New contact tracing locations exist in the following suburbs:

  • Brisbane DFO
  • Brisbane City
  • Ellen Grove

For the full list of places and times, visit.

Queensland contact tracing alerts and related public health advice

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:

Queensland
New South Wales
Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs in Victoria

Information for people travelling to Queensland from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand
From 1:00am Saturday 19 June 2021, anyone travelling to Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand must complete a Queensland Travel Declaration up to 3 days prior to your arrival into Queensland.

The form should take about 3 minutes to complete and your declaration will be issued immediately via email. You can find out more here.

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination rollout for Disability Service Providers

The Commonwealth Department of Health has issued the next COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider Alert 18 June 2021.

This provider alert along with other resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Commonwealth Department of Health website. This page will be updated regularly.

The Commonwealth Department of Health will update the Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines with further information about access to COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability.

Revised eligibility for Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout

The Commonwealth recently revised eligibility for Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout to include young people aged between 16 and 18 years with an underlying medical condition and carers with a child with an underlying medical condition. You can find out if you’re eligible here.

15 June 2021

Step-by-step instructions outlining how to register for priority COVID-19 vaccine access are now available on Queensland Health’s website for:

  • People with disability
  • Disability workforce
  • Carers

11 June 2021

The Commonwealth Department of Health has issued the next COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider Alert 10 June 2021. This includes details of the recent announcement that all NDIS participants 16 years and older, and their carers, are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Queenslanders can register their interest to make a booking online. To receive priority access:

  • NDIS participants and other people with significant disability should select “Persons 16 and over with an underlying medical condition, including people with a disability”
  • Carers, disability sector workers and volunteers should select “Other healthcare workers, including carers and support volunteers”

This provider alert along with other resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Commonwealth Department of Health website. This page will be updated regularly.

The Commonwealth Department of Health will update the Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines with further information about the phase 1b rollout shortly.

4 June 2021

The next COVID-19 vaccination: Disability Provider Alert 2 June 2021 is now available. Regularly updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available here: Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines.

Have you travelled to Queensland from Victoria in the last 14 days?

Anyone who has been to Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days and arrived in Queensland between 1:00am AEST 27 May and 12:59am AEST 28 May 2021 must continue to follow the stay at home requirements.

  • You can now leave your residence for work, education or child care if it cannot be done from home.
  • If 14 days have passed since you were in Greater Melbourne, you do not have to follow the stay at home requirements as long as you have not been to an interstate exposure venue.

Anyone in Queensland who has been to regional Victoria in the last 14 days does not have to follow the stay at home requirements as long as you have not been to an interstate exposure venue.

See the latest Victoria Government advice.

If 14 days have passed since you were in Greater Melbourne, you do not have to follow the stay at home requirements as long as you have not been to an interstate exposure venue.

2 June 2021

The translations for the statewide lockdown for Victoria and travellers from Victoria to Queensland can be accessed here.

31 May 2021

Statewide Victoria lockdown

Victoria has begun a statewide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. The Queensland Government has declared the whole of Victoria a hotspot. Anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days should go and get tested immediately if they have any symptoms. The plain English directive from Queensland Health regarding the statewide lockdown for Victoria is here.

Vaccination booking process for people with disability, their carers and people working in the disability sector

Queensland Health has prepared instructions for booking a COVID-19 vaccine online for people with disability, their carers, and people working in the disability sector.

27 May 2021

New public health directions responding to the COVID-19 community spread events in Victoria

Aged Care Direction No. 29 – Effective from 1:00am, 26 May 2021

The purpose of this Direction is to protect those living in residential aged care facilities.

Anyone who has been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since an identified start date (whichever is shorter) cannot enter a residential aged care facility. Interstate areas of concern are places in Australia that present an increased COVID-19 risk, that is not as high as hotspots. Read more.

Hospital Visitors Direction No. 20 – Effective from 1:00am, 26 May 2021

The purpose of this Direction is to protect hospital patients.

Anyone who has been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter) cannot enter a hospital, unless they have received a negative COVID-19 test since entering Queensland. Interstate areas of concern are places in Australia that present an increased COVID-19 risk, that is not as high as hotspots. You may be required to present evidence of a negative test when entering a facility.

Read more.

Disability Accomodation Services Direction No. 18 – Effective from 1:00am, 26 May 2021

The purpose of this Direction is to protect those living in disability accommodation services.

Anyone who has been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since an identified start date (whichever is shorter) cannot enter a disability accommodation service. Interstate areas of concern are places in Australia that present an increased COVID-19 risk, that is not as high as hotspots.

You may enter a disability accommodation service if you have been in an interstate area of concern since the identified start date if you fit into one of the categories of people who are allowed to enter a facility with a negative COVID-19 test.

If you have been to an interstate exposure venue (such as a restaurant or shop) in the last 14 days, you cannot enter a disability accommodation service at all. You must follow the quarantine requirements in the Interstate Exposure Venues Direction.

Read more.

26 May 2021

Queensland Health has declared the City of Whittlesea local government area as a COVID-19 hotspot, and Greater Melbourne as a declared venue of concern. This means that anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne on or after 11 May cannot enter disability accommodation services unless 14 days have passed since they were there. Exemptions can be requested on compassionate grounds.

From 1:00 am Wednesday, 26 May 2021, people who have been in Whittlesea City will not be permitted to enter shared disability accommodation services, residential aged care facilities and hospitals.

For more information, the updated Public Health Directions and Queensland Health’s media release.

25 May 2021

Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in Melbourne’s Northern Suburbs in Victoria.

17 May 2021

The Federal Government’s vaccine roll-out has relaunched with the commencement of Phase 2a for all people over 50.

Under the new roll-out, GP’s will be providing AstraZeneca for all people over 50 and Queensland Health will provide Pfizer to eligible people under 50 through Hospital and Health Services (HHS).

For residential disability and aged-care workers

Disability workers can visit HHS clinics to access the vaccine recommended for their age. Disability workers aged 50 and over can also access the AstraZeneca vaccine at their local GP clinic, Commonwealth Vaccination Centre (previously GP-led Respiratory Clinics) or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS). To confirm eligibility and book an appointment, workers can complete the eligibility checker or visit the Queensland Health website.

The Federal Government have released new translated advice on How workers in residential aged care can get a COVID-19 vaccination, in the following languages: Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese, Chinese – simplified and traditional, Dari, Hindi, Karen, Khmer, Laotian, Malay, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The translated resource provides advice on accessing an appropriate vaccine based on age, evidencing eligibility, what to take to a vaccine appointment and considerations for having a flu vaccine.

10 May 2021

Queensland Health has released new information about the vaccine rollout.

The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 has now been extended to 30 September 2021. Updated information includes forms for general tenancies and rooming accommodation as well as publication of a short webinar. Information will also be available on the Queensland Government’s Residential Rental Hub website.

Translated information about interstate exposure venues is now available. A list of current exposure sites is available here.

The Queensland Government has published translated mandatory COVID Safe checklists designed to help businesses keep their workers and patrons safe for:

  • Dining and drinking
  • Food courts
  • Personal services.

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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