CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The following information is provided for the broader DSA community of families, carers and visitors. We are here to support you during this time and to work together to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

DSA receives regular disability provider-specific updates from the Australian and NSW health departments which are updated here as new information becomes available.

Latest Update

The latest Bondi COIVD-19 cluster is proving highly contagious with the total number of cases currently sitting at 31.

NSW Health has identified new close and casual locations across Sydney and are encouraging anyone who has been to these locations at the times or dates listed, or is displaying even the mildest of symptoms, to get tested and follow the relevant self-isolation guidelines.

Additional community restrictions for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Central Coast have been introduced from 4PM Wednesday 23 June.

Wearing masks at DSA locations

Visitors and employees must wear a mask while on site at all DSA locations in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and the Central Coast. This includes while at an office, factory, in SIL/SDA, Community Solutions and DES/SLES settings.

We strongly encourage participants to wear masks where possible. 

Travel Restrictions

People who live and/or work in the City of Sydney, Bayside, Canada BayRandwick, Inner West, Waverley and Woollahra LGA’s must not travel outside Metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.

A number of DSA services including our Kingsgrove office are located in, or close to, the above LGA’s. COVID-19 infection control measures such as wearing surgical masks, regular hand washing and social distancing must be followed by visitors and employees while on site.

Community restrictions for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Central Coast

NSW Health has advised the following restrictions are in place until at least 12:01AM, Thursday 1 July 2021:

  • Social distancing rules have increased to 1 person per 4 square metres (4m2).
  • Masks must be worn at any organised outdoor event.
  • Visitors to private households (excluding SIL/SDA) are restricted to 5 people (including children).
  • Singing and dancing is not permitted at indoor events except at weddings.
  • Masks must continue to be worn while indoors at hospitality venues unless consuming food. Patrons must be seated while eating or drinking.
  • Masks must also be worn when:
    • on public transport
    • in public indoor areas including:
      • retail and business premises
      • gaming lounges.
      • entertainment facilities.
      • places of worship.
      • residential aged care facilities.

You can read more about the latest community restrictions here.

All SIL/SDA locations in Greater Sydney (including Nepean Blue Mountains and Illawarra, but excluding Central Coast) until further notice:

  • All employees and visitors must wear a surgical mask while on site and practice 1.5m social distancing.
  • Only two visitors are allowed on site each day.
  • Visits should be held in the participant’s room or outdoors (where practical and/or when weather permits).

Sign in protocols remain in place at all sites

Site access controls are in place at all DSA locations, and we ask that all visitors continue to complete a temperature check and registration by answering our COVID questions before entering.

We also ask if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms that you do not attend any DSA location.

On-Site Measures

COVID-19 precautions and protocols are in place across all our services and sites, to help keep our participants, their friends and families, our employees and the communities we work in safe.

The measures include:

  • Site access measures (temperature checking, visitor registers and illness/travel history questioning) and strict additional hygiene and cleaning.
  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory where social distancing is not possible. Sites have sufficient supplies of face masks on hand.
  • Infection Control Leads ensure enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures are in place at all sites.
  • Updated site access controls and visitor guidelines.
  • Additional training and support for our staff.
  • Each DSA site has a nominated Infection Control Lead, responsible for ensuring all infection control measures are being followed. They monitor compliance with DSA policies, protocols and NSW Health directives in supporting team members, participants and visitors at our sites to be COVID safe.

Our on-site measures are amended based on health advice and we have developed procedures to enact should we have a close exposure or confirmed diagnosis of infection at a site.

These are important measures that can help protect our participants and employees as well as reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

We all play a role in keeping ourselves, our families, participants and communities safe.

It is important we continue to work together to ensure all DSA locations remain COVID safe environments for our participants, team members and community.

All DSA employees continue to be on alert and it is essential that we are vigilant in monitoring for symptoms.

Our focus and priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our participants and employees. It is vital we all continue closely monitoring the circumstances and what they mean for our community.

Additional training and support for staff

Our COVID Response Team meets regularly to consider the current Health advice and the impact on our services and ensure the best response to keep people safe and infection free.

DSA has a suite of COVID-19 specific training for staff including the Department of Health’s Infection Control module.

Getting in touch

Please call your key contact person if you have any questions or concerns. Alternatively, you can call our Connections team on 1300 372 121.

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