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.

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

Updated Activities Associated Direction No 7 – 5 August 2021

Source: South Australia Police

The following restrictions apply:

Density Requirements

The following density requirements apply to the conduct of defined public activities:

  • Indoor or Outdoor Place- 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Indoor Fitness/Sporting Facility-  1 person per 4 square metres

Note: Staff and staff areas are not included in calculations.

Gathering Provisions

The following gathering provisions apply:

  • Gathering/Event at a relevant Licensed Premises (e.g. party)– 1 person per 2 sqm and the capacity is defined by the size of the venue.
  • Gathering/Event at a Private Place– 10 people maximum, 1 person per 2 sqm.
  • Private Residence– Limit of 10 people at a private residence (including people who ordinarily reside at a premises).

Note: Where the number of people who live at the residence exceeds 10 they are permitted. For example where 12 people live at house.

  • Wedding or funeral at any place (excluding a residential premises)–  50 people and 1 person per 2 sqm. If at a residential premises 10 people only. If at licensed premises, 1 person per 2 sqm.

Fitness

The following restrictions apply:

  • Indoor fitness facilities are restricted to 1 person per 4 sqm in the entire facility. This also applies to a single room or enclosed space.
  • Dancefloors in dance studios must also apply the 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Outdoor fitness is restricted to 1 person per 2 sqm.
  • People must still remain physically distanced and separated.
  • A person must wear a mask at an indoor fitness facility (except while exercising).

Sport

Team, club, school and competition sports can resume but the following restrictions apply:

  • Participants: 1 person per 4 sqm for indoor sports, 1 person per 2 sqm for outdoor sports.
  • No spectators permitted for indoor sports. Note: One person is permitted to attend if they are required to be present as a caregiver for a participant.
  • Spectators permitted at outdoor sports, but spectators must wear a mask.
  • Seated consumption of food and beverage (outdoors and indoors). Communal food and beverages are not permitted.

Consumption of Food and Beverages

Food or beverages which are served for consumption at venues (including pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, wineries, etc.) can only be consumed while seated (indoors or outdoors). Communal food and beverages are not permitted.

Masks

Masks must be worn in the following locations:

  • passenger transport services
  • shared indoor public places (not at indoor fitness facilities when undertaking exercise)
  • personal care services
  • health care services
  • high risk settings
  • Outdoor sporting events (spectators)

Note- A mask is not required if the person is eating or drinking. A mask can be removed by a customer in personal care services or health care services when they are receiving the service if the mask would reasonably interfere with the provision of the service. Members of a bridal party can remove a mask during the wedding ceremony and photographs regardless of the venue.

The following activities are still not permitted:

  • Dancing– is not permitted unless by the bridal party at a wedding or at a fitness dance studio where alcohol is not served.
  • Singing– is not permitted in enclosed, non-residential premises unless for the purposes of education, an individual lesson, the person is performing (including backup singers). Karaoke and Choirs are not permitted.
  • Shisha/Hookah is not permitted.

Contact tracing systems, COVID Safe Plans, COVID Marshals, QR Codes and Physical Distancing still apply.

The information above only highlights the key content of the Direction and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to read the Directions for further information on current restrictions.

For all existing Directions, tables and 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 8pm Mon – Fri and 9am to 5pm Sat – Sun or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19