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Monday 17 January 2022

This is an archived Newsletter. The information may be outdated.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please refer to the SA Government COVID-19 website.

Dear sector colleagues,

Thank you again for your continued dedication as we face ongoing changes in the response to COVID-19.

I would like to share with you some information that may be useful for your organisation and workforce in the coming weeks.

Applications to DHS Screening Unit

The DHS Screening Unit continues to operate as usual during this challenging time. Applications are finalised in approximately one week, with complex applications taking longer.

A reminder for NDIS Providers, the following are acceptable checks (until they expire or are revoked) under NDIS Transitional arrangements:

  • Department of Human Services Disability Services Employment Screening Clearance.
  • Department of Human Services Child-related Employment Screening Clearance.
  • Department of Human Services Working with Children Check Not Prohibited issued before 1 February 2021.

For more information, visit NDIS Commission - Worker Screening Requirements or phone the NDIS Commission on 1800 035 544 or  email nwsd@ndiscommission.gov.au or NDIS Worker Screening Helpdesk.

DHS Checks can be verified through the DHS Screening Unit website or via your DHS Screening organisational portal.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

South Australians who have lost work due to being a close contact or COVID-19 positive may be eligible for financial support.

To be eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, applicants will need to have:

  • received a COVID-19 positive test via a testing clinic or health professional, or
  • evidence that they have registered a positive RAT result with SA Health.

Individuals who can access paid leave or other income support are not eligible.

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment from Services Australia provides financial relief of up to $750/week to people who:

  • have lost at least one day of work because they are isolating due to being COVID-19 positive, or
  • are caring for someone who is COVID-19 positive, or
  • is deemed to be a close contact.

Return to school for SA students

Last week the Premier announced schools would reopen on Monday 31 January 2022 for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

From Wednesday 2 February 2022, face-to-face classes will begin for Reception students and those in Years 1, 7, 8 and 12. All other students will begin online learning on that day.

All students are expected to return to school for face-to-face learning on Monday 14 February 2002.

We know how challenging it can be to work when you have kids at home so here are seven tips from Gallagher Bassett for working from home with kids.

Mental health support during COVID-19

It is important we are all looking after our mental health and caring for those around us as we navigate through this pandemic. There are many mental health and wellbeing services available, and I would like to remind you all to reach out if you need help, or are concerned about someone around you.

In particular, the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line  can be accessed by calling 1800 632 753 or through online chat and is available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm every day, including public holidays.

Volunteering and COVID-19

Navigating a volunteer program during a national pandemic can be a challenging time. On Tuesday 25 January 2022, Southern Volunteering SA and Northern Volunteering SA will be holding an online Zoom session to connect with others in the volunteer space to share experiences, exchange ideas and discuss ways to stay connected with your volunteers during this time.

Volunteer Manager Check In Session information and Zoom link (PDF 330 KB)

Volunteering SA&NT resources.

We will continue to update you as new COVID-19 information comes to hand and I encourage you to visit our DHS website to stay up-to-date with the latest sector information.

Stay safe and be kind to yourself.

Best regards,

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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