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COVID-19 information


For the latest on COVID-19, vaccine updates and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) see the information on this page.

All National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants aged 16 years and over and carers aged 16 years and over of NDIS participants of any age are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Are you eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

You can use the Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

UPDATED 30 AUGUST 2021: 

Information for disability support workers in NSW – All disability support workers who live or work in LGAs of concern must have their first vaccination dose by Monday 6 September. Priority vaccination appointments are available at Qudos Bank Arena and bookings can be made by online here.     

Other regularly updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the department’s website.

Information for disability workers (Australia wide) – regularly updated information is available at  COVID-19 vaccine information for disability workers

Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines – the Department of Health website has a dedicated web page for people with disability available here.

For the latest advice from the NDIS about the COVID-19 situation, including information about accessing NDIS funding for PPE, please go to: www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus/latest-advice-ndis

Need further information and support?
The Disability Information Helpline provides free, confidential and fact-checked information and referrals to people with disability.

Call 1800 643 787, or contact them via the National Relay Service on 133 677. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEDT), excluding national public holidays. For more information, visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp

Important information and links

Staying safe

If you or your support workers use PPE as a regular part of your support arrangements, you should continue to do so.

If you and your support worker are well and do not usually use PPE, there is no need to wear face masks.

All states are regularly making announcements about COVID safe practices and requirements.
Check out the latest information and advice in your state below. 

Accessing NDIS funding for PPE

For information about accessing NDIS funding for PPE, please refer to this web page for the latest advice.

If you are using an agency to access support workers, they need to provide their staff with PPE such as masks, sanitiser and gloves. They are required to provide these to you and to your support workers if either of you have any cold or flu symptoms. Talk to your agency if this is not being followed.

If you directly employ your support workers, you may need to provide PPE. If you self-manage, and require close personal care, you may be able to use your consumables budget to buy PPE.

If you don’t have enough funding in your budget, or if you are agency managed, call the NDIS for a light touch plan review on 1800 800 110 and press 5.

For more information about these plan reviews check out this video.

Talk to your support coordinator or your planner/local area coordinator if you have any questions about how you can use your funding.

Where else can you get PPE?

National Medical Stockpile: The Australian Government has prioritised PPE distribution from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) to NDIS providers and self-managing participants who are most in need.

You can find out more and submit a request here.

All requests are reviewed by the Department of Health.

What else can you do to stay safe?

Handwashing
Regular hand washing is an important way to prevent the spread of infection. Thoroughly washing hands with soap and water is more effective than using hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser is useful when in the community or if you do not have access to soap and water.

It is also important that you ask your support workers to regularly wash their hands, especially when they arrive and before they leave.

Here is more information from the Department of Health: Good hygiene for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cleaning
Cleaning surfaces in the home that are regularly touched can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. Use disinfectant to clean surfaces including door knobs, light switches, taps and phones.

Department of Health: Australian Department of Health Guidelines on effective household cleaning

Choice Magazine: Cleaning in the time of coronavirus

Choice Magazine: How to clean your smartphone to protect against COVID-19

Key resources for health professionals

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