Public health alert – new venues of concern

Source: New South Wales Health – State Government

NSW Health has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19.
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. NSW Health will send a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information. We also make a follow up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements. If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553.
Strathfield South
Polytrade Recycling Centre
40 Madeline Street
Monday 26 July5.30am to 2.20pmTuesday 27 July8.45am to 2.20pm
Penrith
High Street Family Doctors
243 High Street
Tuesday 27 July2.00pm to 3.10pm
In addition, NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19.
To view these new venues, please visit the NSW Government website. Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days. If your exposure at this venue was in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms appear, get tested and isolate again.
Please continue to check this page regularly, as the list of venues of concern and relevant health advice are being updated as new cases emerge and investigations continue.
Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.
There are more than 400 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

Sell out for Hawks vs Magpies blockbuster

Source: State of Tasmania Government

4 August 2021

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Tickets to the blockbuster AFL clash this Sunday between Hawthorn and Collingwood have sold out in less than an hour today.

As we’ve always said, if you bring the big clubs to Tasmania, Tasmanians will turn up – and tickets for the game at UTAS Stadium in Launceston have been snapped up.

This is the first time Collingwood has been in Tasmania since 2015, when they played a pre-season game, and for the first time ever they will play for premiership points in our State – making history.

This is a great outcome for Tasmania, and in particular for local businesses in Launceston and surrounds who will benefit from the expected increase in trade as people get out and about before and after the game to see what the city has to offer.

Tasmania has demonstrated it can host AFL matches in a COVID-safe way, and despite Victoria being classified as a low risk location, the game will proceed under strict COVID-safe conditions, with important safeguards in place, including with a capped crowd and mask wearing for spectators.

Our message to Tasmanians is to get out and enjoy this blockbuster AFL game, but if you are coming to the footy – it’s not just your scarf or beanie that you need to bring along – you’ll also need your mask.

Thanks to the AFL and the clubs involved for working so closely and constructively with the Government and our Public Health authorities, and I look forward to another great weekend of footy ahead.

Man seriously assaulted at Wayville

Source: South Australia Police

A man has been rushed to hospital after allegedly being stabbed at Wayville.

Just before 6.30pm on Wednesday 4 August, police and paramedics were called to a service station on Goodwood Road where the victim was found with stab wounds to his abdomen. The victim has been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Eastern District CIB were called to the scene and a short time ago they detained a man who is currently assisting them with their enquiries.

Crime Scene examiners will be attending and investigations are continuing.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Man charged with foreign incursion offence by Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 39-year-old man has been charged with preparation for foreign incursions as part of a Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) investigation into a group involved in travelling to Syria to engage in hostile activity.

It will be alleged the man played a senior role in a Brisbane-based group which maintained a religiously motivated violent extremist ideology and a desire to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities. 

The man was arrested on a Queensland warrant by members of the New South Wales JCTT on Friday, 16 July 2021 when he arrived in Australia at Sydney International Airport from Saudi Arabia, where he had been located since 2019.

The man was subject to mandatory quarantine before being extradited to Queensland yesterday (Tuesday, 3 August 2021).

Police will allege the man was a founding senior figure in an organisation involved with providing financial aid to people who subsequently departed Australia to participate in the Syrian conflict with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group engaged in hostile activities against Syrian government forces.

The 39-year-old man has been charged with preparations for incursions into foreign States for purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to s7(1)(e) of the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978 (Cth).

The maximum penalty if convicted of this offence is 10 years imprisonment.

He appeared briefly before Brisbane Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, 4 August, 2021). The matter was adjourned and the man will reappear in Court tomorrow (Thursday, 5 August 2021).

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

AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism Scott Lee said the arrest shows the QLD JCTT is committed to keeping the community safe.

“The AFP will continue to discourage and disrupt Australians from fighting overseas and holding people to account for their involvement in supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations,” he said.

“The arrest highlights the hard work and professionalism of the people and agencies involved in the JCTTs around Australia and their dedication to protect the community.”

Queensland Police Service (QPS) Security and Counter-Terrorism Command Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz said the QPS was proud to continue working with the AFP to support investigations such as this to prevent and disrupt any form of terrorism.

“Our agencies continue to work collaboratively not just in investigating and prosecuting offenders but also in the field of prevention and early intervention through to responding and disrupting terrorist activity,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said.

“Working together in the Queensland JCTT ensures we can provide ongoing attention and resources to keep Queenslanders safe.”

The Queensland JCTT is comprised of members of the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

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.

Media enquiries

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

Study Australia launches Work Readiness Micro-credential

Source: Australia Government – AusTrade

04 Aug 2021

As part of our ongoing Digital Education Hub program, Austrade is pleased to launch a new suite of micro-credentials for both international students and graduates. The first of these is our Work Readiness Micro-credential, providing tailored tools and resources for successfully navigating the jobs market in Australia and around the world.

Developed in partnership with Successful Graduate, the Work Readiness Micro-credential course is freely available to all international students: graduates, current and prospective; onshore and offshore.

The Study Australia Work Readiness course is designed to support international students and graduates to find meaningful employment, towards realising their career goals. Students and graduates who complete the course will receive a digital certificate of completion that can be shared with professional networks and potential employers, for example via LinkedIn.

Course content features include:

  • an introduction on how to apply for internships and part-time work
  • bespoke resources on entrepreneurship, personality tests and managing work relationships
  • tailored videos and training resources on preparing for graduate job searches
  • employability tools including application templates, interview tips, negotiation tips and support for handling the first day in a new job.

Development of the Work Readiness Micro-credential, together with a new suite of digital services and resources, has been designed to support ongoing engagement with Australia’s global student community. It has also been designed to add complementary value to an Australian qualification, enhance the student experience, and support improved work-while-you-study and graduate outcomes.

New digital resources are also being developed in order to provide access to prospective students and showcase Australia’s strengths in employability.

We strongly encourage you to share the Work Readiness Micro-credential course with your current students, onshore and offshore, as well as prospective students, agents, alumni, partners and sector stakeholders worldwide.

Pair arrested at Pullman Hotel

Source: South Australia Police

Police have arrested two men after they allegedly failed to comply with Emergency Management Act Directions at the Pullman Hotel.

Just after 2pm today (Wednesday 4 August), police had cause to speak to the men after they failed to remain within their rooms and were not wearing a mask.

The pair arrived today as prohibited travellers on a flight from Melbourne and were required to comply with Supervised Quarantine Directions.

A 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, both from Victoria, have been charged with failing to comply with a direction.

They have been refused bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Learn about how we manage pets in Yarra | Yarra City Council

Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Wednesday 04 August 2021

Yarra Council is running two community information sessions in August where you can find out more about our Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-24 and how we manage pets in Yarra.

We’re required to develop a new Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years. It provides us with an important tool to promote responsible pet ownership in Yarra.

It also lets pet owners and residents know about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to our four legged friends.

Come have a chat

Our animal management team are hosting community information sessions this weekend. The community consultation period has now ended so the sessions will be information only. 

Please see below for details about where and when these sessions will be held. 

Saturday 7 August 2021
  • Citizens Park 9am to 9:50am
  • Barkley Gardens   10am to 10:50am
  • Edinburgh Gardens   10:15am to 11:15am 
Sunday 8 August 2021
  • Citizens Park 9am to 9:50am
  • Barkley Gardens  10am to 10:50am
  • Edinburgh Gardens  10:15am to 11:15am 

Community consultation

We encouraged everyone in the community to share their thoughts about the draft DAM Plan by filling out an online feedback form (this closed 15 July). 

We also held an in-person drop in session at the Gleadell Street Market on Saturday 10 July.

Read more about community consultation for the draft plan

Webinar No.3 Challenges and Considerations on the Journey to a Global UDI System

Source: Australian Department of Health

Overview

A presentation and Q&A on Unique Device Identification (UDI) from a perspective of a global medical technology company.

Speakers

  • Michelle Van Wijk, UDI Project Lead – Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Dennis Black, UDI Program Director – Global Regulatory Affairs, Becton Dickinson

How do I register?

  • Date: Online Webinar
  • Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
  • Time:11:30am-12:30pm AEST

Register for webinar

ACCC alleges Mercedes-Benz minimised risk of defective Takata airbags during compulsory recall

Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The ACCC has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (Mercedes-Benz) for allegedly failing to comply with their obligations under a compulsory recall of defective, and potentially deadly, Takata airbags.

The recall notice required suppliers to communicate with consumers in a way that emphasised the danger of the Takata airbags, particularly the risk of serious injury or death from misdeployment of the airbag inflator. It also required suppliers to draw attention to the urgency of having airbags replaced.

The ACCC alleges that, between July 2018 and March 2020, in communications with consumers, Mercedes-Benz contravened the Takata compulsory recall notice by minimising the risks associated with defective Takata airbags and failing to use attention-capturing, high-impact language to avoid consumers ignoring recall notices. 

It is alleged that on at least 73 occasions, Mercedes-Benz call centre staff made representations to consumers by phone or email to the effect that they were undertaking the recall as a precaution; that it was still okay (or safe) to drive vehicles that were over six years old; or there had been no incidents, accidents, injuries or deaths caused by Beta airbags, either in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, or at all.

These alleged representations used language which was inconsistent with the requirements of the compulsory recall notice. Further, it is not correct that there have been no incidents. In fact, there have been incidents in Australia and overseas involving Beta airbags including, in Australia, one incident resulting in a fatality and another resulting in very serious injuries to the driver. The ACCC is also aware of reported misdeployments overseas of Takata airbags fitted in Mercedes vehicles.

“The Takata airbag compulsory recall was commenced in Australia because of the risk of misdeployment of defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles, which could result in serious injury or death to drivers and passengers, even in relatively minor accidents,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. 

“The Takata recall was the first motor vehicle compulsory recall required in Australia under the Australian Consumer Law, and was the biggest vehicle recall in Australian history, affecting over 4 million Takata airbags in around 3 million vehicles.”

“It was a very important part of the compulsory recall that consumers were made aware in all communications from vehicle manufacturers of the risks of serious injury or death from defective Takata airbags, and the importance of having these airbags replaced as soon as possible,” Ms Rickard said.

“We allege that Mercedes-Benz exposed consumers to the risks of serious injury or death because it used language which minimised these risks, and gave the impression that the recall was precautionary and that there was no urgency in having the airbags replaced.”

For example, consumers were told by Mercedes-Benz staff, “The reason we’re in this recall is more of a precautionary measure and an ease of mind for our customers.” or “You are still okay to drive your vehicle up until the point of completion of this recall, and that’s due to the fact that the Beta hasn’t shown any faults.” or “We’ve not actually had any problems with our airbags but we are recalling them for customer peace of mind anyway.”

The ACCC is seeking declarations, pecuniary penalties, an order requiring a product recall compliance program, and costs.

Background:

Mercedes-Benz is an importer and wholesaler of passenger cars for the Australia/Pacific region and is owned by parent company Daimler AG, a multinational automotive company. 

The ACCC is aware of reports of overseas misdeployments of Takata airbags in Mercedes vehicles.

The Consumer Goods (Motor Vehicles with Affected Takata Airbag Inflators and Specified Spare Parts) Recall Notice 2018 came into effect on 1 March 2018

Under the Takata airbag recall, suppliers were required to recall and replace defective Takata airbags by 31 December 2020 and develop and implement a plan to communicate with consumers to maximise replacement of these airbags.  As of July 2021, car manufacturers have successfully recalled 99.9 per cent of vehicles affected by these airbags.

Expert advice provided to the ACCC, which formed the basis for the compulsory recall, indicates that the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.

The Recall Notice applies to Affected Takata Airbag Inflators, commonly known as Alpha or Beta (also known as non-Alpha) airbags. Globally, ruptures of defective Takata airbags have been associated with approximately 33 deaths and over 350 injuries. In Australia there has been one death and one serious injury attributed to the misdeployment of airbags subject to the compulsory recall. Both of these incidents involved Beta airbags.

Consumers can visit Product Safety Australia or contact their manufacturer to check if their vehicle is affected by the compulsory recall.

The attached document below contains the ACCC’s initiating court document in relation to this matter. We will not be uploading further documents in the event this initial document is subsequently amended.

Concise statement 

ACCC v Mercedes-Benz_Concise Statement ( PDF 463.18 KB )