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Stay up-to-date with the latest news affecting people with disability around Australia. We’ll provide plain language summaries of what’s happening so you can get your information quickly and easily, and get on with the job of advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

  • New COVID-19 restrictions for NSW

    Monday December 21 2020

    On Saturday 19 December, new restrictions came into force in New South Wales’ Northern Beaches Local Government Area due to a new cluster of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. As of 21 December, there are 83 cases of COVID-19 linked to this cluster. The source of the outbreak is still unknown. Many states have also closed their […]

  • How will vaccinations work in Australia?

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    Around the world, roughly 200 coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are being developed. More than 40 of these are now being trialled on humans. Australia is currently focussing on manufacturing the British-developed AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. Fifty million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine are being developed under license in Melbourne, with the first batch expected to be […]

  • Australian-made COVID vaccine could be ready earlier than expected

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    Australia is currently focussing on manufacturing the British-developed AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. The Government had planned to buy a vaccine being developed by the University of Queensland and pharmaceutical company CSL. However, the trials were recently cancelled after some participants returned false HIV positive results. AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine Fifty million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine […]

  • First countries to start mass COVID vaccinations

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    On 8 December, England became the first country in the world to roll out the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Canada also started administering doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on 14 December and the United States of America began vaccinating with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on 15 December. Russia also started distributing its own Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on 5 […]

  • Victoria lowers restrictions again for a COVIDSafe Summer

    Tuesday December 15 2020

    Victoria has now gone over 45 days with no new community transmission cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Victorian Government has further eased restrictions on the number of people Victorians can have in their home, the use of masks and allowing more people back into their offices. From 11 January, private businesses will be allowed to […]

  • How is Australia doing compared to other countries tackling COVID-19?

    Tuesday November 24 2020

    Despite the recent cluster of cases in South Australia, Australia’s new coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers have been almost non-existent in the last few weeks. Overall, and even with the second wave of cases in Victoria, our numbers have been very low compared to many other countries. Whether this has been because of the restrictions governments […]