Updated Cross Border Travel—Associated Direction 19 June

Source: South Australia Police

The Cross Border Associated Direction has been updated in South Australia in relation to New South Wales.

The Cross Border-Associated Direction No 18 came into effect at 7.48pm on Saturday 19 June 2021.

The following restrictions apply in relation to people who have been in the Waverley Council area, New South Wales:

  • People who arrive in South Australia any time after 7.48pm on Saturday 19 June 2021 having been in the Waverley Council area in New South Wales within the last 14 days prior to arrival (but not before 11 June 2021) are subject to Level 6 requirements and are not permitted to enter South Australia.
  • Essential Travellers and Permitted Arrivals (SA residents, people genuinely relocating and people escaping domestic violence) who arrive in South Australia any time after 7.48pm on Saturday 19 June 2021 having been in the Waverley Council area in New South Wales within the last 14 days prior to arrival (but not before 11 June 2021) are subject to Level 4 requirements.
    • Level 4 requirements are:
      • COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13.
      • Not required to Self-quarantine.
      • Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.
      • Must not enter or remain in a high risk setting in South Australia for a period of 14 days after their arrival.
  • The Waverley Council, New South Wales includes- The Waverley Council area includes the suburbs of Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Dover Heights, North Bondi, Queens Park, Rose Bay, Tamarama, Vaucluse and Waverley. A map can be viewed on: https://profile.id.com.au/waverley/about?WebID=10.

IMPORTANT- The restrictions under the Cross Border-Associated Direction no 17 are still in place in relation to New South Wales COVID-19 case locations. The following restrictions are still in place in relation to this:

  • People who arrived in South Australia prior to 2:00pm Thursday 17 June 2021 and who have been at a COVID-19 case location at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales website https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx (with the exception of those COVID-19 case locations whose date is the 3, 4 or 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 5 requirements. This includes all close and causal contacts specified on the Government of New South Wales website.
    • Level 5 requirements are:
      • Self-quarantine for 14 days.
      • The person must receive a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on day 5 and 13 into South Australia.
      • Must wear a face mask which covers their mouth and nose at any time that the person comes in contact with the public for 14 days after their arrival into South Australia.
  • From 2:00pm Thursday 17 June 2021, all people (including Essential Travellers, SA residents and people genuinely relocating) who have been at a COVID-19 case location as either a close or casual contact at the specified date and time on the Government of New South Wales website above (except those relating to 3, 4 or 5 June 2021) are subject to Level 6 requirements and are not permitted to enter South Australia.
    • Exemptions apply for people who are escaping domestic violence, but these travellers are still subject to the Level 5 requirements as above.
    • Additional travel exemptions may also be granted with restrictions as determined by SA Health.

Please note that previous COVID-19 Cross Border Travel Directions and restrictions particularly in relation to restrictions for people arriving from Victoria are still in place and people will continue to be bound by those requirements unless directed otherwise by an Authorised Officer.

This Direction should be read in conjunction with the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel-General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 17)(COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 18)(COVID-19) Direction 2021.

All existing Directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Wounding, Counsel Street, Zeehan

Source: Tasmania Police

Wounding, Counsel Street, Zeehan – Tasmania Police

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Wounding, Counsel Street, Zeehan

Saturday, 19 June 2021 – 6:39 pm.

In the early hours of Saturday 19th June 2021, police were called to attend a residential address at Counsel Street in Zeehan, where two females had been seriously assaulted by a male occupant of the home.
The two females aged 64 and 80 years of age received multiple wounds to their head and bodies and required immediate medical intervention and were transported and treated at the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie.
An 82-year-old male is also receiving medical treatment for wounds and has been transported to the Launceston General Hospital for ongoing medical intervention.  The man was taken into police custody during investigations and remains under police guard.
Police remain at the scene in Zeehan, along with specialist forensic officers overnight.
Anyone with information regarding the incident are urged to contact police on 131 444.

Large hydro crop uncovered in southern suburbs

Source: South Australia Police

A man and a woman have been arrested following the discovery of a cannabis crop at Sellicks Beach today.

Just after 9.30am on Saturday 19 June, police attended a property on Seascape View where they carried out a search uncovering a large and sophisticated hydroponic cannabis crop. Police seized almost 260 cannabis plants which were being grown in six rooms inside the property.

A 51-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both from Sellicks Beach, have been charged with cultivate a commercial quantity of a controlled drug, possess prescribed equipment and divert electricity. They have been bailed to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on 23 July.

Anyone with information about the production, sale, supply or possession of illicit drugs is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au You can remain anonymous.

Structure Fire – Darwin

Source: Northern Territory Police

Northern Territory Police and the NT Fire and Rescue Service are investigating a structure fire in Tiwi this morning.

Shortly after midnight, neighbours reported that a house on Kapalga Street was fully ablaze.

Firefighters attended and extinguished the flames. The building was unoccupied and there were no injuries.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Anyone who witnessed the fire or who has information is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference 9715242.

NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team arrests Sydney man

Source: Australian Federal Police

A Sydney man who allegedly supports the Islamic State terrorist organisation has been arrested after a NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) investigation.

Police executed search warrants in Chester Hill and Sefton, NSW, yesterday (Friday, 18 June 2021) and arrested a 24-year-old Chester Hill man.

The man has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, namely Islamic State, and is expected to face Parramatta Local Court today (19 June 2021). Yesterday’s arrest follows a seven-month investigation by the NSW JCTT into the man, whom police will allege had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Police will further allege the man’s rhetoric online was escalating, that he had collected a large amount of extremist material and he was in possession of several improvised explosive recipes.

Australian Federal Police Commander Counter Terrorism Investigations Stephen Dametto said the priority of the NSW JCTT investigators was to prevent any harm to the community.

“The actions of this man do not represent the Islamic faith. His actions are criminal and they represent hatred and terror,” Commander Dametto said.

“We will allege in court that this man was a member of ISIS and it shows there are still those in the community that seek to do us harm. The items found show that this individual posed a significant risk to the Australian community and we will act early to ensure safety of the Australian people”.

“This investigation shows that the influence of IS remains an enduring threat and it maintains the ability to inspire and radicalise individuals in Australia”

“The actions taken yesterday highlight the great partnership and commitment of the NSW Police, the AFP, NSW Crime Commission and ASIO in working together to keep the NSW and Australian community safe.”

NSWPF Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Michael McLean, commended the dedication of NSW JCTT investigators to the safety of the people of NSW.

“Yesterday’s arrest is a great example of the strength of the partnerships and collaboration in Australia’s counter terrorism framework,” Acting Assistant Commissioner McLean said.

“The NSW JCTT works cooperatively and diligently to act in response to those who choose to follow an extremist ideology that is not compatible with the diverse, inclusive values of the community.

“Our greatest asset in combating terrorism is our community. You are our eyes and ears and we need you to continue to work with us to help us to keep everyone safe.”

The man has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, 102.3(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth), punishable by imprisonment for 10 years.

The NSW JCTT is comprised of members from the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the NSW Crime Commission.

Anyone with information about extremist activity or possible threats to the community should come forward, no matter how small or insignificant you may think the information may be. The National Security Hotline is 1800 123 400.

There is no ongoing threat to the community relating to this investigation.

Media enquiries

AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297

NSW Police Force Media: (02) 8263 6100

More support for first home buyers and single parents with children

Source: Australia Government Ministerial Statements

The Morrison Government will release an additional 30,000 places to eligible applicants under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, the New Home Guarantee program, and the Family Home Guarantee from 1 July 2021. 

Since the introduction of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and New Home Guarantee, almost 30,000 Australians have been able to enter the housing market.

As announced in the 2021-22 Budget, the Government will establish the Family Home Guarantee to support single parents with dependants, subject to the passage of legislation.

Starting 1 July 2021, 10,000 guarantees will be made available to eligible single parent families to build a new home or purchase an existing home with a deposit of as little as 2 per cent.

Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing Michael Sukkar said that the new places will assist Australians in achieving the aspiration of home ownership.

“The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has been a landmark success of the Morrison Government since its commencement in 2020. 30,000 first home buyers have been supported into home ownership through First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and New Home Guarantee already,” Minister Sukkar said.

“We know how difficult it can be to buy a new home or re-enter the housing market, and that saving a deposit is the hardest part of getting into home ownership. That’s why the Morrison Government has established the new Family Home Guarantee, which recognises the challenge of saving for a deposit is that much more difficult when you are a single parent with children.

“By supporting single parents and their children, we are helping them achieve the security and dignity that home ownership provides.

“Through our First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the New Home Guarantee Program, the Morrison Government is helping more first home buyers and single parent families overcome the challenges of saving for a deposit and realising the Australian dream of owning your own home.

“With the 30,000 new places available from 1 July, now is the time for potential applicants to contact a participating bank or mortgage provider and get their applications underway.”

The New Home Guarantee commenced on 6 October 2020 as a temporary expansion of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. It will provide an additional 10,000 places for first home buyers seeking to build a new home or purchase a newly built dwelling with a deposit of 5 per cent and a construction commencement timeframe of 12 months.

To ensure that people can continue to purchase a home, as well as accommodate larger families under the Family Home Guarantee, the Government is also announcing the new property price caps under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

These new property price caps will also apply to the Family Home Guarantee, while the same property price caps apply under the New Home Guarantee:

 

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and Family Home Guarantee property price caps, effective 1 July 2021 New Home Guarantee property price caps, effective 6 October 2020

 

Capital City Rest of State Capital City Rest of State
NSW $800,000 $600,000 $950,000 $600,000
VIC $700,000 $500,000 $850,000 $550,000
QLD $600,000 $450,000 $650,000 $500,000
WA $500,000 $400,000 $550,000 $400,000
SA $500,000 $350,000 $550,000 $400,000
TAS $500,000 $400,000 $550,000 $400,000
ACT $500,000 $600,000
NT $500,000 $550,000

The capital city price thresholds apply to regional centres with a population over 250,000, recognising that dwellings in regional centres can be more expensive than other regional areas. Regional centres include: Newcastle and Lake Macquarie; Illawarra (Wollongong); Geelong; Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Information on how to apply, eligibility requirements and the participating panel of lenders, is available on the NHFIC website.

Initial teacher education discussion paper launched

Source: Australian Ministers for Education

Initial teacher education discussion paper launched

Belinda Cranston
Sat, 06/19/2021 – 09:40

Media Release

Today I have launched the discussion paper put together by the Quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Review panel, looking at how to attract high-quality teachers, and how to better prepare them to become effective in the classroom.

Improving initial teacher training will be key to reversing the two decade decline in Australia’s school standards.

Quality teaching is the single largest in-school influence on student achievement. How we select and train our next generation of teachers is central to achieving our ambition to return Australia to the top group of education nations by 2030.

The review panel has identified a number of key findings that will further inform discussions on how to improve initial teacher training and ultimately lift Australian school standards.  

Importantly, the panel found that not all teacher education courses are meeting the high standards that Australians should expect.

  • Completion rates range from 73 per cent at some institutions to just 34 per cent at others. 
  • The number of people completing teaching courses overall has dropped 12 percentage points in the last decade and only 52 per cent of students complete their teaching degree.
  • The number of graduates finding post-study employment ranges from above 90 per cent in some courses to less than 60 per cent in others.
  • While some institutions have 99 per cent of students passing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) others are as low as 76 per cent. 

The panel also noted that completion rates are much better for those entering teacher training courses with higher ATARs. 

It is clear that we must do better at recruiting and training our future teachers and that evidence-based practices must be taught in our publicly funded universities.

We also need alternative and shorter pathways into teaching to entice more mid-career professionals into the profession. 

The Government has already taken steps to improve teacher training, including through accrediting teaching courses and testing graduate’s literacy and numeracy before they enter the classrooms. 

This discussion paper is an important next step to continue those improvements and further lift Australia’s school standards.
    
The discussion paper is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website. https://www.dese.gov.au/quality-initial-teacher-education-review/resources/quality-initial-teacher-education-review-2021-discussion-paper

 

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Defence Peace Operations Training Partnership

Source: Australian Government – Minister of Defence

AN initiative to support the training and engagement for Australian and regional peacekeepers was launched this month through the Department of Defence, benefiting Australia and United Nations partners. 

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Peace Operations Training Environment Partnership was an innovative online learning platform, providing relevant, contemporary learning activities to support delivery of United Nations core and specialised training.

Energy deals to help seniors stay warm this winter

Source: New South Wales Community and Justice

The weather is getting cooler but NSW Seniors Card deals are warming up with savings available on energy costs this winter.

Minister for Seniors Natalie Ward said an exclusive EnergyAustralia deal will help ensure seniors have more money left over for doing the things they love.

“NSW Seniors Card and NSW Senior Savers Card members who sign up for EnergyAustralia’s ‘Total Plan’, receive 27 per cent off electricity, 25 per cent off gas and up to a $100 energy credit,” Mrs Ward said.

“Saving on basic living costs leaves more in the wallet for things that stave off social isolation, such as catching the train to see friends, groceries for a family dinner or buying a four-legged companion.”

Member for Oatley Mark Coure said this deal is a way to thank our seniors for their invaluable contributions to society.

“People aged over 60 are respected members of our communities and deals like this are a thank you for their lifelong contribution,” Mr Coure said.

Mark Brownfield, EnergyAustralia Residential Executive, said seniors can also call for a free ‘Energy Health Check’.

“We’ll review your current energy bills to ensure you’re getting a fair price and see if you’ll be better off with our exclusive offer,” Mr Brownfield said.

“We understand getting value for money matters, so we’re pleased to give seniors this great discount and up-front credit on their gas and electricity.”

EnergyAustralia is among more than 7,500 NSW businesses offering deals for seniors. Other offers include half-price RSPCA senior pet adoptions and 50 per cent off metro to regional NSW TrainLink fares and five per cent off IGA gift cards.

For NSW Senior’s Card discounts plus terms and conditions, visit:
www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/discounts/discount-directory