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COVID-19 update: NSW and Tasmania announce new home quarantine trials

Dr Rifi administers Covid vaccine to 12 year old at a pop-up drive through vaccination clinic at Belmore Oval, in Sydney, September 17, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 17 September 2021.

  • NSW announces home quarantine trial for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Victoria eases some restrictions from midnight
  • Mandatory vaccination for the aged care sector in the ACT
  • Queensland records another community case in home quarantine

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 1,284 new locally acquired cases and 12 further deaths, including two men in their 20s. Three of those who have lost their lives were residents of aged care facilities in Dubbo, and seven were unvaccinated.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced plans to begin a seven-day home-based quarantine trial for travellers who have had both doses of a TGA-accredited COVID-19 vaccine. The initial trial will involve 175 people and it is scheduled to start at the end of the month.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today.  

Victoria has recorded 510 new locally acquired cases and one death.

From midnight tonight, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults will be able to meet up with one other person from a different household for a walk or picnic, while that figure grows to five from two households, plus dependents, for fully vaccinated adults.

The government's full roadmap out of lockdown, outlining restrictions through to November, will be released on Sunday, 19 September.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 30 new locally acquired cases with at least 14 in the community while infectious.

From today, as mandatory vaccination has come into effect for the aged care sector, unvaccinated workers will not be able to enter their workplace until they get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.                                                                                                            

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • From next week, Tasmania will begin 30-day home quarantine trial for fully vaccinated travellers from regional NSW.


Quarantine, travel, testing clinics and pandemic disaster payment

Quarantine and testing requirements are managed and enforced by state and territory governments:

NSW Travel & transport and Quarantine
VIC Travel permitOverseas travellers and Quarantine
ACT Transport and Quarantine
NT Travel and Quarantine
QLD Travel and Quarantine
SA Travel and Quarantine
TAS Travel and Quarantine
WA Travel and Quarantine

If you want to travel overseas, you may be able to apply online for an exemption. Click here for more information about the conditions to leave Australia. There are temporary measures for international flights that are regularly reviewed by the government and updated on the Smart Traveller website.

Visit the translated resources published by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service:

COVID-19 Vaccination Glossary
Appointment Reminder Tool.

Testing clinics in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory 

Pandemic disaster payment information in each state and territory:

South Australia 
Western Australia 
Northern Territory

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