Settlement Guide

COVID-19 update: ‘Significant’ setback for Victoria’s reopening plan, Queensland reimposes COVID restrictions

People are seen exercising along Southbank in Melbourne, Thursday, September 30, 2021. Source: AAP Image/Daniel Pockett

This is your update on the Coronavirus in Australia for 30 September 2021.

  • Victoria surpasses 80 per cent first-dose vaccination target
  • NSW to open schools one week ahead of schedule
  • ACT set to ease restrictions from midnight
  • Queensland records six new locally acquired cases


Victoria has recorded 1,438 new locally acquired cases, with more than 500 linked to grand final weekend gatherings. Five people have died. 

Victoria's COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar described today’s jump as a "significant" setback in the state's reopening plan.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the interval between the first and second dose of Pfizer vaccine will be reduced from six to three weeks as the state will have enough vaccine supply to support the change from next month. 

Find a vaccination centre near you.

New South Wales 

NSW has recorded 941 new locally acquired cases and six deaths. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed kindergarten children, Year 1 and Year 12 students can head back to the classroom from 18 October, a week earlier than it was planned.  

All other students will be integrated back onto school grounds over the following two weeks, on 25 October and 1 November.

Click to book your vaccine appointment today. 

Australian Capital Territory

The territory has recorded 31 new locally acquired cases. 

From Friday, 1 October at 12:01am, some restrictions will ease, with recreation time outdoors extended, national parks reopen, additional allowances for some retail businesses and more. 

Residents aged over 60 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. 

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination.  

Last 24 hours around Australia

  • The local government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Townsville and Palm Island will enter stage 2 restrictions from 4pm Thursday 30 September 2021.
  • The federal government revealed COVID-19 disaster funds for workers who lost their jobs and business support payments will stop once 80 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated. 

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