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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR WALGA MEMBERS
WALGA
11 July 2022
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COVID-19 reinfection period reduced from 12 to 4 weeks
Recovered COVID-19 cases are now required to test for COVID-19 after 28 days if experiencing symptoms, and follow the relevant advice if they test positive.
With increasing cases of new COVID-19 variants spreading in the community, the chance of reinfection is now more likely. For this reason, the window for potential COVID-19 reinfection has been reduced from after 12 weeks to after four weeks (28 days), effective immediately, based on the latest health advice.

The close contact exemption period has also been reduced to 4 weeks.
Further information can be viewed here.
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Roll up for the Winter COVID-19 Booster
The Minister for Health has announced that the COVID-19 winter booster is recommended for people aged 50 – 64 years old and also available for those aged 30 – 49. 
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has now recommended the additional dose, for those aged over 50 years old, to protect people from hospitalisation and severe illness. The winter booster was previously only recommended for people aged over 65 and high-risk groups.

The winter booster can be given three months after the person has received their third dose, or three months after a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

The roll out of the winter booster, commences Monday 11 July. COVID-19 vaccines are available at a variety of locations, bookings are encouraged and can be made on the Roll up for WA Website
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New Order for Local Government 
The Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 extends the arrangements in place to assist people experiencing financial difficulty due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. 
Following COVID-19 Orders in 2020 and 2021, the Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2022 (the 2022 Order) has been gazetted, with the key provisions in effect from 25 June 2022.

The 2022 Order aims to assist people experiencing financial difficulty due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic through the continuation of provisions for the 2022/23 financial year that deal with:
  • interest on money owing to Local Governments,
  • options for payment of rates or service charges, and
  • accrual of interest on overdue rates or service charges.
For all other provisions, the ordinary requirements of the Act and other relevant legislation apply.
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Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
Email: covid@walga.asn.au
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