NSW COVID-19 Update

Posted on 21 September 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi

Young People Friendship Bubbles

Just in time for school holidays. The NSW Government has announced friendship bubbles from today.

Young people under the age of 18 will be able to form a “friends bubble” in groups of three and will be allowed to visit each other’s homes with some restrictions. 

Young people must stay in groups of no more than three and the participants cannot change. 

All involved in the arrangement must live within five kilometres of each other, or within the same LGA, and all adults in the children’s households must be fully vaccinated. Adults can drop children off but must not interact with each other. 


Byron, Kempsey and Tweed Lockdown

Byron, Kempsey and Tweed will go back into lockdown from 5pm today. The lockdown will last for 7 days. 


NSW Micro-business Grant

While many psychologists are experiencing a significant increase in demand and have transitioned well to telehealth during the COVID-19 restrictions, we know some of you have been struggling during this really challenging time.

If you’re a micro-business (small business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000) impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500 to cover business expenses for the duration of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

The grant can be used to cover:

  • Salaries/wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Financial, legal or other advice
  • Marketing and communications
  • Perishable goods
  • Other business costs.

Applications will close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021

Businesses that received the $1,500 small business fees and charges rebate can apply for this grant.

If a business or not-for-profit organisation is not eligible for this grant, but is suffering financial hardship, they may be eligible to apply through the hardship review pathway. 

Further information

Not a micro business? We also have a comprehensive guide of all the different supports available on our website 

Please reach out to AAPi if you need assistance.