The past couple of years has been challenging for all. The National Cabinet, State and Federal Governments have all worked together along with our community to limit the spread of COVID and keep people safe. As NSW is now open and continues its recovery, it is important to stay up to date with the latest information regarding health advice.

To ensure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information, I have included a number of useful links below. 

You can stay up-to-date with statistics and current Public Health Orders on the NSW Health website . Please continue to follow the advice of our health professionals, and take care of your health and those in your family to keep yourself and our community safe.

You can also reach out to my office if you have any concerns by phone at 9909 2594 or by email at northshore@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

Where can I get vaccinated locally?

Free COVID vaccinations are available to everyone aged 5 years and older.

ATAGI recommends children aged 5 to 15 get vaccinated against COVID with two primary doses.

If you are 16 or older you need two doses and a booster to be considered up-to-date with your vaccinations.

If you are severely immunocompromised, a third primary dose, along with a booster is recommended for full vaccination.

A booster is recommended for people aged 18 years and older, from three months after your final primary dose.

Even if you have already had COVID it is recommended you still receive all vaccinations, including the booster once you have recovered.

Find a vaccine clinic near you and more information on boosters here.

Vaccines approved by the TGA are widely available locally so I would encourage anyone wanting to get vaccinated to check and book in as soon as they can.

Where can I learn more about COVID?

You can learn about the symptoms of COVID, how it is spread and what to do if you’re feeling unwell on the NSW Government website.

A 24/7 hotline has also been set up through Service NSW, which provides the latest updates on restrictions, financial support for businesses and rules around social distancing: 13 77 88.

You can also contact the Australian Government’s 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080.

What if I am feeling unwell?

If you’re feeling unwell the best thing to do is to do a rapid antigen test (RAT) or get a test at one of our testing clinics, and then stay home to reduce the risk of exposure. You can find up-to-date testing locations on the NSW Government website.

If you receive a positive RAT you must register your result here.

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, fever or sore throat, get tested or call the 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline for advice: 1800 020 080.

If you require urgent medical assistance, contact your local GP or Royal North Shore Hospital Emergency Department on (02) 9926 7111, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

Alternatively, call 000.

What are the current restrictions?

While restrictions have now ended, the NSW Government continues to closely monitor the situation and advice from NSW Health and will make other orders if necessary to safeguard the community.

You can review the current public health orders on the NSW Government website.

Please ensure you comply with the public health orders in place. Failure to comply with a direction issued by Ministerial order under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 is a criminal offence, and Police officers may issue a penalty notice for an offence.

What support is there for impacted businesses and individuals?

There is a range of support available for individuals and businesses impacted by COVID. For up-to-date information, go to the NSW Government website.

If your business is affected directly by COVID, you can call 13 28 46 (or if unable to call 1300 numbers 02 8894 1555) for more information and assistance.

The Australian Government can assist individuals with information, services and financial assistance through Centrelink to help you if you’re affected by COVID. Visit the Australian Government website for further information.

How can I protect myself and others?

The best way to protect yourself from COVID is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illness, by maintaining social distance and good hygiene.

We also keep ourselves and others safe and well by following the public health orders, including any mask-wearing requirements or restrictions to movement.

  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Clean your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
    • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue or your elbow.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

How do I report breaches of restrictions?

The public can report breaches to Crime Stoppers or by phone at 1800 333 000.

Myself or a family member are returning from overseas

All travellers returning home from overseas are not required to undergo quarantine but are required to head straight home or to accommodation and do a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. You must self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

All arrivals must

  • Get tested again if symptoms develop, even if mild, and self-isolate until they receive a negative result, even if they tested negative on arrival. A PCR test is preferred, see here for clinic locations.
  • Not enter high-risk settings (aged care, disability care, healthcare and correctional facilities) for at least 7 days after arrival in NSW. This does not include accessing personal care.

If you receive a positive RAT result you must register it here or on the Service NSW app and follow mandatory isolation guidelines.

Read more on international travel restrictions from the Federal Government here and the NSW Government here.

I can't find what I am looking for

The NSW Government website contains up-to-date information on COVID, including the latest public health order updates and information for communities and businesses in NSW.

Contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 (or if unable to call 1300 numbers 02 8894 1555.

You can also reach out to my office if you have any concerns by phone at 02 9909 2594 or by email at northshore@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

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