Date published: 
15 September 2021
Type: 
News
Intended audience: 
General public

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly has today extended the current Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support for all New South Wales local government areas, and for the Jervis Bay Territory, until 11:59pm on 1 October 2021, with review on or before this date.

Increasing daily case numbers, with a high proportion of cases infectious whilst in the community, has led to an increasing number of exposure sites listed on the New South Wales Government’s website, posing ongoing risk to the community.

Professor Kelly has also extended the current Hotspot for all local government areas in the Australian Capital Territory, until 11:59pm on 1 October 2021, with review on or before this date.

Professor Kelly has declared a Hotspot for the City of Ballarat, until 11:59pm on 22 September 2021, with review on or before this date. The Hotspot for the Greater Shepparton area will be lifted as of 11:59pm tonight, 15 September 2021.

Professor Kelly reminds the community of the risk and requests they continue to follow the directions of the New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and the Victorian governments.

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers, if required:

  • Provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • Assistance with contact tracing
  • Asymptomatic testing via General Practitioner led Respiratory Clinics
  • Reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
  • Access to COVID-19 Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria are met
  • Two Medicare Benefits Schedule items for telehealth consultations for patients in COVID-19 hotspots
  • Support for childcare services, including additional allowable absences, gap fee waivers and support payments, if other eligibility criteria are met

Read more about listing areas as COVID-19 hotspots.