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COVID-19 update: NSW announces trial of app for proof of vaccine, Victoria invests in school ventilation

Chapel Street in Melbourne, Wednesday, September 22, 2021. An earthquake has been reported in Victoria and tremors were as far away as Canberra and Sydney. Source: AAP/James Ross

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 22 September 2021.

  • In western NSW, Oberon residents urged to get tested
  • In regional Victoria, lockdown to end for Ballarat
  • ACT is on track with its vaccination targets
  • Additional walk-in vaccine appointments available in Queensland

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 1,035 new locally acquired cases and five deaths. 

From 6 October, NSW will trial an app of proof of vaccine with Service NSW app involving several hundred people in regional NSW before a state-wide rollout once NSW reaches 70 per cent vaccination target. 

Fragments of the virus have been found in sewage samples from Oberon in western NSW.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today. 


Victoria has recorded 628 new locally acquired cases, with 57 per cent in northern Melbourne suburbs. Three people have died. 

Victoria has announced a $190 million package to deliver 51,000 air purification devices to every government school and low-fee Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria to lower the infection risk. It’s Australia first and the biggest ever investment in school’s ventilation systems. 

In Ballarat, lockdown will end at midnight tonight, but some restrictions will remain, including mandatory masks indoor and outdoor. 

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 17 new locally acquired cases, with at least 11 in the community while infectious. 

ACT is on track to exceed the 95 per cent first-dose vaccination target, with currently over 81 per cent of the eligible population partially vaccinated and 56 per cent fully vaccinated.

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.  

Last 24 hours around Australia

  • In Queensland, walk-in vaccine appointments are available at Boondall, Caboolture, Doombenand Kippa-Ring from 22 September. 

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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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