Settlement Guide

COVID-19 update: NSW announces “friends bubble”, Victoria surpasses the 600-case mark of daily cases

Extremists' blasted as hundreds march in Melbourne during another vaccine protest Source: AAP/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 21 September 2021.

  • Byron, Kempsey and Tweed in NSW to re-enter lockdown
  • Victoria now has 6,000 active COVID-19 cases
  • ACT announces additional funding for mental health services

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 1,022 new locally acquired cases and 10 deaths. Currently, 53 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

Byron Shire, Kempsey and Tweed's local government areas will go into a seven-day lockdown from 5pm today after a positive COVID case from Sydney visited several communities on the NSW north coast.

From today, a group of three friends under the age of 18 can visit each other at home as long as they live within 5 kilometres and in the same local area. The "friends bubble" is only permitted in households where all adults are fully vaccinated.

Australian Red Cross delivers one-off financial assistance for people on temporary visas or without visas affected by NSW lockdowns.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today. 


Victoria has recorded 603 new locally acquired cases and one death.

Across Metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Mitchell Shire, the construction industry has been shut down for two weeks after a number of outbreaks linked to construction. There are currently 403 positive cases linked in the industry, related in turn to 186 construction sites.

Victoria set to receive more than 300,000 Moderna vaccines across the state.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 16 new locally acquired cases.  

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced $14 million of additional funding to support mental health, alcohol and other drug services across the territory.

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.  

Domestic violence during COVID-19 pandemic
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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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