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COVID-19 update: NSW sets sights on international travel, restrictions in Victoria set to ease

A pharmacy worker receives a temperature sensitive box with Pfizer vaccines at the Sandown Racecourse Vaccination Centre in Melbourne, Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 1 September 2021.

  • Fragments of COVID-19 detected across NSW in areas with no known cases
  • In Victoria over 70,000 AstraZeneca appointments are available in state clinics
  • Pfizer bookings open for those aged 16 to 29 in the ACT

New South Wales  

NSW has recorded 1,116 new locally acquired cases and four deaths. 

Fragments of COVID-19 were detected in wastewater in Thredbo, Merimbula, Port Macquarie, Dunbogan, Bonnie Hills, Warren, Molong, Tamworth and Gunnedah. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian flagged that international travel could resume in November.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today or find out how to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination


Victoria has recorded 120 new locally acquired cases and two deaths. 

Premier Daniel Andrews announced an easing of restrictions - including the radius for travel of 5km limit doubled to 10km - once 70 per cent of population receives their first dose, which is expected to happen by 23 September.

Construction will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity once 90 per cent of workers have had the first dose. 

From 7 September, year 12 students will be prioritised for vaccination. The General Achievement Test will be held on 5 October, while face-to-face learning for Term 3 will not be possible. 

From midnight tomorrow, playgrounds will reopen. 

Find a vaccination centre near you.

Australian Capital Territory 

The ACT has recorded 23 new locally acquired cases, with at least 12 in the community while infectious. 

Canberrans between the ages of 16 and 29 can now book the Pfizer vaccine at an ACT Government mass vaccination clinic or at a participating GP. The next booking at ACT Government clinics is currently not available until late October. 

Find here how to book your vaccination appointment.

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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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