The response to the COVID-19 pandemic in NSW has disrupted our ability to move around and gather together at different times. It has meant a significant change in the way we live and how we engage with each other. 

It has also meant that services have been disrupted at times - including services to people with disability, such as:

  • disability residential accommodation
  • respite accommodation services
  • employment - including Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE)
  • education and training
  • day programs
  • public transport and disability-specific travel services
  • disability supports at home
  • other disability services such as disability-related or other health supports, access to the community, attendance at medical and other appointments etc.

Because of the nature of their disability and other medical history, some people with disability are more vulnerable to serious complications if they become ill with COVID-19.

It is essential that transmission of the SARS-Cov-2 virus is minimised to prevent illness in the general community, including people with disability.  The strategies to reduce transmission include enhanced infection prevention and control procedures.

NSW Health wishes to acknowledge the significant efforts of disability support providers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for their residents/clients.

COVID-19 update: Temporary suspension of disability day programs from 27 July 2021

In response to recent COVID-19 transmission linked to disability day programs, from 6.00pm 27 July 2021 until 10 August 2021 (inclusive) disability day programs located in the Greater Sydney region should cease all activities in group settings unless:

  • non-attendance at a day program would result in a risk of harm to the person with disability or others.

If activities are continued for the reason noted above, day program providers should:

  • provide individual activities and avoid group interactions unless the participants are from the same household, and.
  • maintain COVID-19 infection prevention protocols.

Where a day program has been suspended providers should consider online service delivery. Where a participant requires changes to their plan to ensure continuity of care, contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

Additional advice will be provided before 10 August 2021 if there is a need to extend these arrangements.

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) should ensure that they keep up to date with the latest Public Health Orders, including rules applying to movement of workers, as the information may change at short notice.

If you require advice, please contact:

  • your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055
  • Service NSW 24 hours, 7 days a week on 13 77 88
  • the national coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 (24/7)
  • the Coronavirus Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787

If you require advice on anything related to Vaccine Rollout contact Commonwealth COVID- 19 Taskforce - Disability on COVID19VacTFDisabilityServices1A@Health.gov.au

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Current as at: Thursday 29 July 2021
Contact page owner: Health Protection NSW