Information for carers
The information on this page relates specifically to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and carers. This includes:
- foster carers
- relative/kin carers
- short term carers
- emergency carers
- respite carers
As a carer, it’s important you stay safe and healthy – for yourself, your family and the child in your care. To help, stay up to date about COVID-19 rules and other associated activities here in NSW by reviewing the following information.
Stay at home orders now in effect for Greater Sydney
Stay at home orders are now in effect for Greater Sydney until at least 11:59pm on Friday 30 July 2021.
You must follow NSW Government advice on what to do if you live in, or have been to, any affected local government areas.
Note that you can only leave home if you have a reasonable excuse. These include:
- for work, if you cannot do it at home
- obtaining food and other essential goods for your household or for a vulnerable person
- accessing essential services
- providing essential services to a person in your care or a vulnerable person.
Please see NSW Government advice for the full list.
As a carer you must:
- follow NSW Government rules on gatherings
- make sure you wear a mask where and when necessary
- make sure the child or young person in your care follows NSW Government rules.
Make sure you follow the rules for whichever situation below applies to you:
- Follow the COVID-19 rules for Greater Sydney
- Follow the stay at home rules if you were in Greater Sydney after Monday 21 June 2021
- Follow the COVID-19 rules for regional NSW
- Follow the self-isolation rules if you:
- have been tested
- tested positive
- have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
Family time and home visits
Please note there are changes to family time (contact). If you are in the Greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Central Coast and Shellharbour, please note the following:
- If there is a case plan goal of restoration or contact orders in place, face-to-face family time should occur in a COVID-safe manner, wherever it is safe to do so. Your caseworker should advise you about whether this will be the case for your child.
- Over the ‘stay at home’ period, all other family visits should happen virtually or be postponed.
- Families should be aware that exceptional circumstances outside of the above situations need their agency’s delegate to approve it, along with a completed risk management plan.
This advice is in place until 11:59pm Friday 16 July.
If you are in regional NSW, a caseworker should call you beforehand for face-to-face family contact visits with other people who live in the same region.
If you are caring for a school-aged child or young person, please regularly check Department of Education advice.
We ask all carers to please follow NSW Government advice for allowing visitors into your home. If you have any concerns about a visit, please speak to your caseworker. They will be aware of, and following, COVID-19 safety advice for home visits.
Where do I go for current information?
It’s important to stay up-to-date with COVID-19 advice and restrictions. Below are key NSW Government links to help you.
Interstate and overseas travel advice is changing constantly. Read the latest below:
COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in NSW. Find out where, when and how you, and eligible people in your family, can get one.
- when to wear a mask
- what type of mask to wear
- hygiene tips for mask wearing and disposal