Updated: 23rd July 2021
The NSW Government has called the outbreak in Western Sydney a National Emergency. This is because of the large number of new cases in Sydney’s West and South West. There are new restrictions for the Cumberland and Blacktown LGAs for authorised workers (which includes teachers and disability workers). They have introduced surveillance testing for aged care and health workers in the Canterbury Bankstown area. If you live or work in the LGAs of Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland or Blacktown please check for the latest restrictions for those suburbs here .
The NSW Government has said that all residents in Greater Sydney are required by law to wear a mask in public. People who are not able to wear a mask, including people on the autism spectrum, must carry either a doctor's certificate or a signed letter by a registered NDIS provider. Aspect has draft letters prepared for our adult participants about mask-wearing. Please contact your Service Coordinator if you need one of these letters. Families of students of Aspect schools in Greater Sydney should talk to their doctor.
- In NSW residents of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGAs are required to stay-at-home until midnight Friday 30 July 2021.
- While residents of Blayney, Cabonne and Orange LGAs, or anyone who has been in these 3 local areas since Saturday 17 July 2021, are also under stay-at-home orders until midnight Tuesday 27 July 2021.
- In Victoria all residents in the state are to stay-at-home until midnight, Tuesday 27 July 2021.
- In South Australia all residents in the state are required to stay-at-home until midnight, 27 July 2021.
Aspect Service Update:
- Aspect Adult Community Services in NSW and Victoria are open. They are essential services. This is following NSW Health Guidelines.
- Aspect Therapy Services in the locked-down areas of NSW and for all of Victoria and South Australia are using TeleTherapy appointments.
- Aspect Assessments in the lock-downed areas of NSW will be using TeleTherapy where needed.
- Aspect Employment Services in the locked-down areas of NSW and for all of Victoria will be using TeleHealth appointments
- Aspect Schools are affected depending on where they are.
- Central Coast, Macarthur, South Coast, South East Sydney, Vern Barnett and Western Sydney Schools, as well as their satellite classes that are in areas where stay-at-home orders apply, are doing learning from home during the lockdown period.
- Aspect Treetop School in South Australia will do online learning from Thursday 22 July 2021.
- Hunter and Riverina Schools are not affected
Please contact your School or your Service Coordinator directly if you need to discuss how we can best support you.
You can contact us on 1800 277 328.
The Federal Government has set up a COVID-19 hotline which you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have 1800 022 222.
You can catch it from other people. It can make people very sick.
Our schools are still open. Our therapy services are now also online. Our assessments are now also online. Our employment services are now also online.
Aspect wants to help to stop the spread of the virus. We want to stop our students, participants and staff from getting sick.
What we are doing:
We are making sure our sites are clean.
We are all washing our hands.
We are not touching each other.
We are not getting too close to each other. This is called social-distancing.
We are using internet video and phone calls for:
We are helping students learn from home when they cannot come to school.
What you need to do:
Talk to us on the phone, or send us an email, if you want to ask a question.
Tell us if you need to make a change to how we support you or how you learn at an Aspect school.
Do not come to school or Aspect services if you are sick. Please stay at home.
What you need to know:
We are going to keep helping you. We are working hard to support all of our community.