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COVID-19 update: NSW announces return to face-to-face learning from October

Thousands of Year 12 HSC students got their Pfizer vaccinations at the Mass Vaccination hub at Qudos Arena in Sydney, Monday, August 9, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 27 August 2021.

  • HSC exams delayed until 9 November in NSW
  • One in 10 Victorian cases are in Shepparton
  • ACT refines business restrictions during lockdown
  • ATAGI approves Pfizer for children aged 12-15

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 882 new locally acquired cases, with more than 80 per cent of cases from western and south-western Sydney. Two men, aged in their 60s and 90s, died.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a back-to-school plan:

  • From 25 October - Kindergarten and Year 1 students
  • From 1 November - Year 2, 6 and 11
  • From 8 November - Year 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10

Vaccinations for all school staff across all sectors will be mandatory from 8 November, but they will be given priority access to the vaccine from 6 September. 

Book your vaccination appointment today.


Victoria has recorded 79 new locally acquired cases, with 53 linked to known outbreaks and 26 mystery cases.

About 16,000 residents in the Shepparton region, which has a population of 65,000, are believed to be self-isolating, forcing the closure of food distributors, supermarkets and pharmacies due to staff shortages.

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT has recorded 21 new locally acquired cases bringing the total number of active cases to 209.

The national capital has announced changes for retail business, waste drop-off services, gym and dance schools and real estate business which will come into effect from 11.59pm today.

Click here to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination.  

Last 24 hours around Australia
  • Southeast Queensland further eases COVID-19 restrictions from today at 4pm.
  • The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between 12 and 15.

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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