NSW updates advice on residential disability care and home care service


The advice by NSW Health Public Health Response Branch for residential disability care providers and home care service providers has been updated on the NSW Health Disability Support Providers webpage.

The format of the public health guidance for residential disability care facilities has been further updated and simplified.

The locations where there is increased testing in NSW have changed and now cover:

  • Northern Beaches LGA
  • Suburbs in the Canterbury LGA – Ashbury, Belfield, Campsie, Canterbury, Clemton Park, Croydon Park, Earlwood, Hurlstone Park
  • Cumberland City Council
  • Suburbs in the Mount Druitt area – Bidwell, Blackett, Doonside, Dharruk, Emerton, Hebersham, Lethbridge Park, Minchinbury, Mount Druitt, Shalvey, Tregear, Whalan, Wilmot
  • Rooty Hill

The locations where there was an increased risk in Queensland has ended.  The guidance will be updated on the website shortly.

Most of the guidance is in place until Sunday 31 January 2021.  Updates will now be issued each Sunday evening (from 31 January onwards) to align with the risk at that time.  Note, however, that the guidance will be updated before 31 January 2021 if the risk changes before then.  We will send an email alert if this occurs.

It is hoped that the changes to formatting and timing of the advice will assist providers to better manage communication with residents and their families, as well as staff.

Regularly check the NSW Government website at for new case locations.

 If you require advice on how to safely manage permitted visits to or from a group home, or require any other assistance with the public health advice, please do not hesitate to contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or

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