This is who is allowed to travel for work if you live in the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs

To get better control over the stubborn COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney strict new rules have been imposed on workers in three areas where the majority of infections are emerging.

People who live in the local government areas (LGAs) of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool are now not allowed to leave their area for work unless they are what’s called an “authorised worker”.

Initially, it seemed only emergency services and health care workers would classify as “authorised workers” but overnight NSW Health issued an extensive list of people who are authorised to travel outside their LGA for work that could not be conducted at home.

Any authorised workers who reside in Fairfield must get a COVID-19 test every three days if they are going to work in another LGA, as per previously announced rules.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW government tried to keep an “open mind” when it came to deciding which workers could leave, given how much of Sydney depended on workers in these LGAs.

“We know that a large part of the [freight and logistics] workforces do come from those three local government areas,” she said.

“But most [businesses] have been really constructive and positive in considering rostering arrangements and considering what they can do to limit movement from people coming from those areas.”

Ms Berejiklian also said she couldn’t rule out further tweaks to the exemptions over the coming days.

“Dr Chant’s advice might become different as well depending on the scenarios and situations of workers.”

People who reside in all other Sydney LGAs face no restrictions on leaving their area for work, but everyone must work from home if possible.

But for those in the Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown LGAs, here’s who the “authorised worker” exemption applies to:

Retail

Anyone who works in:

  • supermarkets and neighbourhood shops
  • shops that predominantly sell food or drinks
  • chemists and pharmacies
  • kiosks
  • shops that predominately sell:
    • office supplies
    • pet supplies
    • newspapers, magazines and stationery
    • alcohol
    • maternity and baby supplies
    • medical or pharmaceutical supplies
  • food and drink premises
  • cellar door premises
  • hardware and building supplies
  • landscaping material supplies
  • rural supplies
  • timber yards
  • garden centres and plant nurseries,
  • vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold
  • industrial or commercial food retailing

And anyone who conducts ‘click and collect’ services.

Public administration and safety

A female NSW firefighter battles a fire.
All emergency services personnel can leave the LGAs.(

FRNSW

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Members of:

  • the NSW Police Force
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • the NSW State Emergency Service
  • the NSW Rural Fire Service 
  • the Ambulance Service of NSW
  • any other emergency services worker

As well as those who work for:

  • defence, national security and law enforcement
  • the administration of justice, including in relation to the operation of courts and tribunals, correctional centres and community corrections
  • the NSW government for the purposes of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

And anyone who is:

  • a member of an Australian Parliament
  • electorate office staff
  • employed or engaged by Services Australia
  • employed or engaged by Service NSW

Health care and social assistance

Vet examines cat
Anyone who works in animal welfare is allowed to go to work but pet grooming is largely not allowed. (

ABC News: Adrienne Francis

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Anyone who:

  • provides health services (within the meaning of the Health Services Act 1997), a registered health practitioner or a person who works for a registered health practitioner
  • is employed or engaged by the Department of Communities and Justice to provide housing or homelessness services
  • provides services to people with disability or vulnerable persons
  • is employed or engaged at a residential aged care facility
  • works for family violence and sexual assault services
  • provides veterinary services (including laboratory and diagnostic services and clinics)
  • works in animal welfare, care and accommodation services (excluding pet grooming unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason)
  • provides end-of-life services including funeral, crematorium and cemetery services, mortuaries and morgues, spiritual or religious services connected to end-of-life services

Education

People who provide:

  • education and schooling
  • early childhood education and care

Agriculture and manufacturing

  • biosecurity and food safety personnel undertaking critical duties

And those involved in:

  • the production and manufacturing of food, beverages, groceries and sanitary products
  • food and fibre processing and manufacturing
  • the manufacture of food and beverage packaging
  • the manufacture of coffins and caskets
  • manufacturing of medical equipment, consumables and personal protective equipment
  • manufacturing of telecommunications equipment and infrastructure

Transport, postal and warehousing

Five B-Double trucks lined up side-by-side.
Truckies and freight services are covered by the “authorised worker” definition. (

AAP: Dean Lewins

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Anyone employed or engaged in:

  • seaport and airport operations
  • freight, logistics, postal, courier or delivery services (including food logistics, delivery and grocery fulfilment)
  • export supply chain operators
  • the distribution of food, groceries and sanitary products for sale by supermarkets, grocery shops or other shops that predominantly sell food or drinks

Those who work in:

  • road transport (passenger and freight) apart from taxi and rideshare services
  • rail transport (passenger and freight) including rail yards
  • water transport (passenger and freight)
  • air transport (passenger and freight)
  • pipeline and other transport
  • transport support services
  • vehicle repairs and critical maintenance including disinfection
  • towing services
  • critical safety operational staff for transport

Electricity, gas, water and waste services

Those engaged in:

  • electricity services
  • operation of energy systems
  • gas services
  • liquid fuels
  • water supply, sewerage, sanitation and drainage services
  • waste resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services)

Information media and telecommunications

  • People who work for telecommunications services, internet service providers, web search portals and data processing services
  • Data specialists and technicians
  • Data storage workers

Other:

Any essential services for the maintenance, safety and upkeep of public and recreational spaces.

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