As many of you are already aware, we are currently in a state-wide lockdown, and the rules and regulations during this time have been changed. DAS Support Workers and COS Staff are still providing supports during this time, and are mindful of keeping these supports within the NSW Health Guidelines, at all times. We will priorities the safety and well-being of our Participants and Staff, and we hope that the following information will assist our Participants in understanding what they are permitted to do with Support Workers.

All of the DAS Staff have been issued with an authorisation letter permitting them to provide their essential service within the community, as well as information and links outlining where they can go and what they can do with our Participants. Some of the guidelines can be difficult to understand and so we wish to reassure our Participants that while they are with our Support Workers, they do not have to worry about breaching the rules or putting themselves or anyone at risk during support.

Our Participants are permitted to travel 5km from their homes if they leave their local government area. For example, a Participant living in Adamstown (in the Newcastle LGA) can travel to Charlestown for exercise (in the Lake Macquarie LGA, but less than 5km from Adamstown). But they cannot travel to Warners Bay (further than 5km and in a different LGA to Adamstown).


Below is a link to the website outlining the LGA’s of Newcastle so you will know where you can travel during support.
If you need to travel outside of your LGA or further than 5kms from your homes for medical appointments (including Covid-19 Vaccinations), or for health or educational reasons, you are permitted to do so.
DAS would advise that unless these exemptions apply, you should stay within your LGA at all times during support.

NEWCASTLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BOUNDARIES –

Local Government Area Boundaries and Mapping Information – Office of Local Government NSW