Wednesday 13 April 2022
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Dear sector colleagues,
Relaxing of mask mandates in public settings
Yesterday the Premier of South Australia, Hon Peter Malinauskas MP, announced the relaxing of mask mandates in public settings from Good Friday, 15 April 2022.
The mandate to wear masks in high-risk settings remains in place, including in:
- disability facilities
- residential aged care
- public transport
- ride share vehicles such as taxis
- airports and on flights.
In addition to complying with mask mandates in these settings, businesses may also choose to impose mask-wearing requirements if they desire.
As advised by the Premier, wearing a mask is a choice that all South Australians should feel comfortable in making if they feel that it will provide them, their family and loved ones with more protection.
Also announced yesterday, QR codes will now only be required in a few high-risk facilities, including public and private hospitals, aged care, residential disability and correctional services sites, and public transport.
Masking with Covid or as a close contact
Please note that masks must be worn:
- after completing quarantine as a close contact (surgical mask must be worn when around others days 8 to 14), and
- when coming out of isolation for COVID-19 (mask must be worn when around others on days 8 to 10).
DHS is a White Ribbon Australia workplace
In other news, I am proud to tell you that DHS has successfully received reaccreditation as a White Ribbon Australia workplace for a further three years. The White Ribbon workplace accreditation program provides an internal audit of policies, procedures and workplace culture in relation to women’s safety and gender equality issues.
We are dedicated to gender equality, driving social change and providing a safe and inclusive working environment for all. Our Office for Women in particular works tirelessly to support women in South Australia by providing domestic, family and sexual violence services. With White Ribbon Australia accreditation we can continue to further demonstrate our commitment as a workplace and department to stop violence against women.
Reconcilation Action Plan
Finally, today I was honoured to launch the DHS Reconciliation Action Plan 2022–24 (RAP) on the banks of Karrawirra Parri (River Torrens) — an opportunity for us to celebrate our commitment to reconciliation and promise to embed Aboriginal cultural capability in all of the work that we do.
Our Strategic Plan 2022–24 outlines our commitment to actively supporting positive outcomes for Aboriginal people, families and communities in South Australia, and we see this demonstrated on a daily basis throughout our programs in Safer Family Services, Youth Justice, and the Safety and Wellbeing Taskforce. Our DHS RAP is an integral part of our commitment to achieving these outcomes, ensuring that all our staff develop the appropriate levels of cultural competencies in order to carry out their roles.
For those who are able to take a break, I'd like to wish you a safe and restful Easter long weekend.
Ngaityalya (Kaurna, thank you)