Frequently Asked Questions for Eden-Monaro residents

I understand that the NSW stay at home restrictions can be confusing and a little unclear at times.

I have been inundated with questions about what we can and cannot do under the current restrictions in NSW, and about crossing the border into the ACT and Victoria.

I have done my best to answer as many of these questions below but please contact Services NSW directly for specific clarification and advice.

Please remember that the spirit of this lockdown is to reduce mobility and limit any potential spread of the virus. If you can stay home, please do. The sooner we follow the restrictions and the more we stay at home, the sooner we should be able to come out of lockdown. Now is not the time to look for loopholes and ways around restrictions.

Please check the NSW Health restriction summary here for detailed advice.

I have done my best to collate as much publicly available information on the current restrictions in Eden-Monaro as possible. This is not legal advice and I urge you to contact Services NSW on 13 77 88 or visit the NSW Health website here, for specific advice.

Included in these FAQs are questions on:

 

🟣 Who and where is currently in lockdown?

🔴 Current NSW restrictions for those in lockdown

🟡 Current NSW restrictions for those not in lockdown

🟢 Support available for NSW Residents

🟠 Cross Border Travel

🔵 Rules for self-isolation and vaccine information

 

🟣 Who and where is currently in lockdown?

Q: Is all of NSW in lockdown?

A: In Eden-Monaro the following Local Government Areas are currently not in lockdown:

And the following Local Government areas are remaining in lockdown:

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw 

 

Q: I am fully vaccinated, do the stay-at-home rules still apply to me?

A: Yes - for now. The NSW Government has flagged that stay-at-home orders will be lifted for fully vaccinated adults the Monday after NSW reaches the 70% vaccination target.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/roadmap-to-freedom-unveiled-for-fully-vaccinated 

 

🔴 Current NSW restrictions for those in lockdown

 

Q: What is a reasonable excuse to leave your home?

A: A reasonable excuse to leave your home includes if you need to

  • obtain food or other goods and services locally
  • leave home to go to work if
    • you cannot reasonably work from home  and
    • the business is allowed to be open
  • leave home for education if it is not possible to do it at home
  • exercise and take outdoor recreation in the local government area you live in or 10km from your home (5km from Monday, 16 August 2021)
  • go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

Further information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home

Authorised workers: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers 


Q: Are there different rules if I am fully vaccinated?

A: According to NSW, if you are fully vaccinated you can attend an outdoor gathering in a public place of up to 5 people for exercise or outdoor recreation so long as all of those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated.

Please ensure you have proof of your vaccination with you at all times and remember you must show a police officer your proof of vaccination if its requested.


Fully vaccinated means you have had 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccination or a medical contraindication certificate issued to you.

The 5 person limit on these gatherings does not include children aged 12 years or under.

You are not prevented from attending more than one such gathering in a day.

 

Q: Can I have visitors to my home?

A: Generally, you cannot have any visitors to your home unless it is for caring reasons, you are in an intimate relationship but do not live together or you are in a ‘singles bubble’ together.

For a full list of reasonable visitors: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#visitors-to-a-residence


Q: Can I still go to work?

A: You can leave home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home and if the business is allowed to be open.

Further information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home

 

Q: Can I still send my children to school?

A: According to the NSW Department of Education, parents and carers across all regional NSW and Greater Sydney must keep children at home unless they need to be at school. Schools (including outside-of-school-hours care) are open for any child that needs it. Please reach out to your school directly to seek further clarification on your specific situation.


Q: Where can I go shopping?

A: NSW Health has listed essential shopping as a reasonable excuse to leave home. My understanding of the restrictions is that you can shop in your local government area (LGA) or, if outside your LGA, within 5 kilometres of home (unless the food or goods or services or their equivalent are not reasonably available locally).

Only 1 person per household may leave their home to shop for food or other goods and services (you may take a dependent person with you if that person cannot be left at home on their own). 

Rules on shopping: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home

 

Q: Where can I exercise?

A: NSW Health has listed exercise as a reasonable excuse to leave home. My understanding of the restrictions is that you can exercise in your local government area (LGA) or, if outside your LGA, within 5 kilometres of home. There are currently no time restrictions on how long you can exercise each day.

Rules on exercise: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home

 

Q. I have a business - can I stay open? 

Most retail premises must close to the public. But there is a list of businesses on the Services NSW website that can remain open. Businesses providing essential products and services that can be open include:

  • supermarkets
  • grocery stores including
    • butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable, seafood
    • other food or drink retailers that predominantly sell or display food or drinks
  • kiosks and other small food and drink premises
  • petrol stations
  • banks and financial institutions
  • hardware, building supplies
  • landscaping material supplies
  • agricultural and rural supplies 
  • shops that, in the normal course of business, operate as or sell and display
    • pet supplies
    • newsagents
    • office supplies
    • chemists providing health, medical, maternity and baby supplies or
    • liquor stores
  • post offices
  • garden centres and plant nurseries
  • vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold;
  • shops that predominantly carry out repairs of mobile phones
  • laundromats and drycleaners.

I know there are a lot of businesses that do not fit under these categories and if you are still unsure if you can operate, please get in touch with Service NSW. 

Further details of businesses that are allowed to be open: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions#places-that-are-closed 


Q: When do I have to wear a mask?

A: You are required to carry a face mask with you at all times in NSW. You must wear your face mask:

  •       When outside your home, except when exercising (From Monday 23 August). 
  •       In all indoor areas of non-residential premises.
  •       At certain outdoor gatherings.
  •       If you are on public transport.
  •       In a major recreation facility such as a stadium.
  •       If you are working in a hospitality venue.
  •       In indoor and outdoor areas of construction sites, except when an exemption applies such as when        wearing a face mask creates a safety issue or where there is a worksite emergency.
  •       When working in an outdoor area.
  •       Face masks must be worn at indoor or outdoor areas of a fresh food market.
  •       In most common areas of residential buildings.

Further information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#face-masks


Q: What is a singles bubble?

A: If you live alone – which means there are no other adults who live in the same home – you can have a nominated visitor. At this stage, you do not need to register your nominated visitor. The nominated visitor must reside in the same local government area as you.

For full details on the singled bubble: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#visitors-to-a-residence


Q: Can I still move house?

A: The NSW Government has listed “move to a new place of residence, or between your different places of residence” as a reasonable excuse to leave your home.

Further details: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#reasonable-excuse-to-leave-home


Q: Can accommodation stay open?

A: I have been advised that hotels and motels will not be closed, but will be limited to in-room dining only.

Caravan parks and camping grounds will be closed unless they are accommodating permanent residents, overnight travellers, persons working in local area or other persons who have no other place of permanent residence. People can continue in caravan bookings made before today.

Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#visitors-to-a-residence 

 

🟡 Current NSW Restrictions for those not in lockdown

 

Q: Can I travel to another Local Government Area (LGA) that isn't in lockdown?

A: Yes, you can travel within NSW to another Local Government Area that isn't in lockdown.

However, if the Local Government Area you travel to does enter lockdown you may then be required to follow the stay at home orders for 14 days since the last time you were in the LGA, or until the LGA's restrictions are lifted.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw 

 

Q: Can I travel to another Local Government Area (LGA) that is in lockdown?

A: Yes, for essential shopping and essential work you can travel within NSW to another LGA that is in lockdown. 

However, you will then be required to follow stay at home orders for 14 days since the last time you were in the LGA, or until the LGA's restrictions are lifted.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: How many people can I have at my home?

A: You can have up to 5 visitors to your home at any one time. 

Additionally up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: I was receiving the the disaster recovery payment because I work in a locked-down Local Government Area/the ACT. Now that I am out of lockdown but still can't go to work, will I still receive it?

A: I have been advised that those who are not in lockdown but have lost work due to the lockdown will be able to receive the disaster recovery payment. The payment should be determined on where you workplace is located, not just your residential address.

 

Q: I have a business that was previously closed by lockdown, can I now re-open?

A: According to NSW Health:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: When can my kids go back to school?

A: According to the NSW Government Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVID Safe measures in place in areas no longer in lockdown.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: Will recreational sport resume?

A: According to the NSW Government major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people. 

Additionally, up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events and indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity. 

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: What is happening to weddings and funerals and paces of worship?

A: The NSW Government has announced the following changes for those who are no longer in lockdown and who haven't been in a locked down area in the last 14 days. 

  • Weddings can resume with up to 50 guests with dancing permitted. Eating and drinking will only be allowed while seated.
  • Funeral can resume with up to 50 guests. Eating and drinking will only be allowed while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

Q: Are masks still mandatory?

A: Similar to the restrictions in place before lockdown, according to the NSW Government masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports. Hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when working outdoors. 

More info: https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/lockdown-lifted-parts-of-regional-nsw

 

 🟢 Support available for NSW residents

 

Q: If i’m feeling worried and overwhelmed, is there somewhere I can go for help?

A: It’s completely natural to be worried about about the pandemic. But too much concern can impact on your ability to think clearly. If you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed, please talk to someone. There is never a wrong time to seek help.

Here's a link to NSW services that can provide support: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../health.../your-mental-wellbeing

 

Q: Can I get support if I have lost work due to the lockdown?

A: According to the Services Australia website, you will be able to claim the COVID-19 Disaster Payment from Sunday 22 August 2021 if you're in an area impacted by the 14 August 2021 NSW lockdown, and you've lost income or hours of work.

I have been advised that the commonwealth Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has declared that all of NSW will remain an area of concern through to 1 October 2021, which means that disaster recovery payments will continue to flow for those no longer in lockdown.

If the CMO does not extend this declaration beyond 1 October I have been advised that the NSW Gov will continue to fund the payment, but people will need to re-apply. 

Eligibility can be complex and I encourage you to check your eligibility here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-new-south-wales 

 

Q: Can I get support if I have been forced to self-isolate due to being in contact with someone who has COVD-19?

A: Yes, if you have been directed to isolate by NSW Health and if you're in an area impacted by the 14 August 2021 NSW lockdown.

Eligibility can be complex and I encourage you to check your eligibility here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-new-south-wales 

 

Q: Can I get essential groceries delivered to me?

Major supermarkets have home delivery services and click and collect services available in most regions. 

Woolworths and Coles also have a priority assistance program to assist those who are unable to shop in-store. 

Apply for Woolworth priority assistance: https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/discover/priorityassistance 

Apply for Coles priority assistance: https://shop.coles.com.au/a/national/content/priority-service-information 

Shop online at Woolworths: https://www.woolworths.com.au/ 

Shop online at Coles: https://shop.coles.com.au/a/national/home 

Shop on line at IGA: https://www.iga.com.au/shop-online/ 

 

Q: I operate a business in NSW that has been affected by the latest lockdown, can I get any extra for support?

A: Yes, the NSW Government has announced many support measures for businesses impacted by the lockdown. 

There are many different kinds of support available for different businesses. I encourage you to visit their website for further details: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses

 

Q: I operate a business in the ACT that has been affected by the latest lockdown, can I get any extra for support?

A: Yes, the ACT Government has announced many support measures for businesses impacted by the lockdown. 

There are many different kinds of support available for different businesses. I encourage you to visit their website for further details: https://www.act.gov.au/business/business-support/covid-19-economic-support-for-businesshttps://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/covid-19-help-businesses 

 

🟠 Cross Border Travel

 

Q: Can I travel from NSW to the ACT?

A: If you are entering the ACT from one of the approved NSW border-bubble communities, you may do so for essential reasons WITHOUT a permit. The ACT government has requested that you carry ID to prove that you live in a border bubble postcode.

If you are entering the ACT from outside the approved NSW border-bubble you MUST apply for an exemption. 

I have been advised by the ACT Government that all residents from the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSW LHD) can enter the ACT for urgent and critical healthcare. All patients who need surgery or an appointment in an ACT health facility are being contacted about arrangements for them.

Information on the Border Bubble Area: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/nswact-border-residents?fbclid=IwAR2G2x9B_Teg1vvo97eR6mUySdu5leVZZLsIRdIw9dJ6KMhNTTp_j_o4FBM 

You can apply for a border exemption here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/entering-the-act/travel-directions-in-the-act/online-travel-forms#Exemption-form 

Where is the Southern NSW Local Health District: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us 

You can find the fact sheet for the SNSW LHD medical exemptions found here.

 

Q: I live outside the NSW/ACT border bubble and have my vaccination scheduled inside the ACT. Can I still enter the ACT to get vaccinated?

A: I have been advised by both ACT and NSW health that those who live outside the NSW/ACT border bubble and have a vaccination scheduled inside the ACT will not be able to enter the ACT for their vaccination. 

Instead, they will be contacted by ACT Health to arrange for their vaccination appointment to be rescheduled within NSW. 

Further information: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/nsw-residents-with-a-covid-19-vaccination-booking-in-the-act 

 

Q: Can I travel from the ACT to NSW?

A: From 5pm on Thursday 12 August 2021, if you are entering NSW from the ACT you MUST complete a border declaration from every 72 hours that you re-enter NSW, regardless of if you live in the ACT Border Bubble Zone.

However, as I understand it, if the NSW lockdown ends before the ACT lockdown you will still be required to follow the stay at home orders for 14 days since the last time you were in the ACT, or until the ACT restrictions are lifted.

Submit your border declaration form: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/complete-nsw-entry-declaration-australian-capital-territory?fbclid=IwAR3d1q_HdRwSDlFZtayghHV0AFH373AJkSRR8CznI_YiZSAayBOsU2y8Jag

 

Q: Can I travel to Victoria?

A: You need a permit, exemption or exception to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.

 

Q:  Do I need a travel permit if I live in the NSW/Vic border community?

Yes – you will need a Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone permit.  

New South Wales is considered by Victoria to be an extreme risk zone, and residents of the cross-border community aged 18 years and over must obtain a Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone Permit to enter Victoria.

To obtain a Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone Permit, visit Services Victoria.

 

Q: Can I transit through the ACT if I don't get out of my car?

A:Transiting across the ACT is permitted for NSW residents, as long as you do not exit their vehicle in the ACT. Persons who transit through without stopping anywhere in the ACT (e.g. Sutton to Queanbeyan) are not subjected to the ACT stay at home rules while in NSW.

 

🔵 Rules for self-Isolation and vaccine information

 

Q: What is the difference between a stay-at-home order and self-isolating/quarantine?

A: If you are under a stay-at-home order you must follow the current NSW Health restrictions.

If you are required to self-isolate/quarantine, you must remain in self-isolation until NSW Health has advised you can leave.

Stay-at-home orders: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/affected-regions?fbclid=IwAR2tCf84Ocfsbhu1FrXyUFbhVeLw2hjojIjrLM5Ujcxo4yk0aJ0YizxaPZI#summary-of-restrictions 

Self-Isolation/Quarantine rules: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation 

 

Q: When do I have to self-isolate?

A: You must self-isolate if you are a close or casual contact of a positive COVID-19 case, a household contact of someone who has been a close or casual contact of a positive COVID-19 case (AKA a secondary close or casual contact) or if you are otherwise informed by NSW Health.

Further information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation 

 

Q: What do I need to do if I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case?

A: If you have been to a CLOSE CONTACT location during the times specified you MUST immediately get tested, contact NSW Health and QUARANTINE for 14 days regardless of the test result or until you are contacted by ACT Health.

Quarantine restrictions for close contacts: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation 

If you attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

Find your nearest NSW testing location: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics?fbclid=IwAR1r-hPkXq5WENlUY2wH_qI44_hkFe2DRit5ewQqYGXbX58cXGAUUzmIwkM 

Find your nearest ACT testing location: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/symptoms-and-getting-tested/where-to-get-tested-in-the-act?fbclid=IwAR3XH73igF52dqhIoaWzZrmbntmoJt8HVeXVZZD50yOubRTQUrw_EjKpZIc 

 

Q: What do I need to do if I am a close contact of a COVID-19 case?

A: If you have been to a CASUAL CONTACT location during the times specified you MUST immediately get tested, contact NSW Health and QUARANTINE until you have received a negative test result or until you are contacted by the relevant Health department. Once you receive a negative test result you MUST continue to follow the current NSW stay-at-home orders.

Quarantine restrictions for casual contacts: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/self-isolation 

If you attended any of the venues identified at the times listed, please contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

Find your nearest NSW testing location: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics?fbclid=IwAR1r-hPkXq5WENlUY2wH_qI44_hkFe2DRit5ewQqYGXbX58cXGAUUzmIwkM 

Find your nearest ACT testing location: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/symptoms-and-getting-tested/where-to-get-tested-in-the-act?fbclid=IwAR3XH73igF52dqhIoaWzZrmbntmoJt8HVeXVZZD50yOubRTQUrw_EjKpZIc 

 

Q: What if I am a household contact of someone who is self-isolating?

A: If you are in the same household of someone who is self-isolating you will be considered as a secondary close or casual contact and must follow the same restrictions that they are.

Further details on secondary close contacts: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-secondary-close.aspx

Further details on secondary casual contacts: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/covid-19-casual-contact.aspx

 

Q: Can I leave the house to get tested for COVID-19? And where can I get tested?

A: Leaving the house for a COVID-19 test is allowed and you must get tested if you have even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms. If you live within the ACT-NSW border bubble you can cross into the ACT to get your COVID-19 test.

NSW testing locations: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics?fbclid=IwAR1r-hPkXq5WENlUY2wH_qI44_hkFe2DRit5ewQqYGXbX58cXGAUUzmIwkM 

ACT testing locations: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/symptoms-and-getting-tested/where-to-get-tested-in-the-act?fbclid=IwAR3XH73igF52dqhIoaWzZrmbntmoJt8HVeXVZZD50yOubRTQUrw_EjKpZIc 

Information on the Border Bubble Area: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/nswact-border-residents?fbclid=IwAR2G2x9B_Teg1vvo97eR6mUySdu5leVZZLsIRdIw9dJ6KMhNTTp_j_o4FBM 

 

Q: Can I leave the house to get my COVID-19 vaccination? And where can I get vaccinated?

A: Leaving the house for a COVID-19 vaccination is allowed and I encourage you to get vaccinated if you are eligible. If you live within the ACT-NSW border bubble you can cross into the ACT for your vaccination.

You can find your nearest vaccination clinic by completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility-checker  

Information on the Border Bubble Area: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/travel/nswact-border-residents?fbclid=IwAR2G2x9B_Teg1vvo97eR6mUySdu5leVZZLsIRdIw9dJ6KMhNTTp_j_o4FBM 

 

Q: Can I get vaccinated if I don't have a medicare card?

A: Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

According to the Australian Government, If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at:


• a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic
• state or territory vaccination clinic
• and community pharmacies that are administering COVID-19 vaccines.

General practices are still able to administer COVID-19 vaccines but cannot bill for the service (Medicare or otherwise).

More info: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/getting-a-covid-19-vaccine-if-you-are-not-eligible-for-medicare 

 

Q: I'm fully vaccinated, how do I download my vaccine certificate?

1. Go to www.my.gov.au and log in or create an account (note: You will need an email address and mobile number to create an account.)

2. Once you're logged in you will need to link your Medicare card to your account. You can call Medicare on 132 011 for help accessing your card. 

3. Once your account is linked you will need to access medicare under the 'your services' section of the website. From there you will need to location the "View immunisation history" button and you can then download a PDF of your certificate or if accessing it on your mobile you will be able to add it to your digital wallet.

More info: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-immunisation-register/how-get-immunisation-history-statement 

 

If you have any further questions, please contact me and my office will do what they can to assist you.