NSW DPI: COVID-19 Update 14 October 2021

Reopening Updated Information for Industry and Businesses

As NSW starts to reopen this week having reached the 70 per cent double vaccination target, the new Public Health Order  introduces significant changes to the COVID-19 controls in place.  

Changes from Monday 11th October include:...

NSW Government: COVID Update 11 October 2021

Roadmap and COVID Safety Plans


Changes to the roadmap this week now mean more businesses can reopen with increased capacity limits from Monday 11 October.

The 3 stages of reopening NSW are:


  1. 70% full vaccination target reopening starts for people who are fully vaccinated or have a medical...

NSW DPI: Hendra virus variant case confirmed near Newcastle 08 October 2021

CVO Bulletin

A novel variant Hendra virus has been confirmed in a 7-year-old unvaccinated Clydesdale horse from West Wallsend, near Newcastle.

The detection of the virus was confirmed by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing at NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute laboratory on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.
The positive test results were confirmed at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness on Thursday, 7 October 2021.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has routinely tested all Hendra submissions over ...

NSW DPI: COVID-19 Update 07 October 2021

COVID-19 reopening roadmap – updated information for industry and businesses 

On the weekend, the NSW Government confirmed further details on the three-stage roadmap to reopen the state at 70% and 80% vaccinations rates, with the final stage from December 1. 

The 70% roadmap will ease some restrictions for fully vaccinated people currently subject to stay-at-home orders, and from the Monday after NSW hits the 80% double dose target, restrictions will ease even further for those who are fully vaccinated. 

Preparing industry and businesses to reopen at 70% full...

NPWS: NSW Wildlife Rehabilitation Annual Report 2020 24 September 2021


The recently published NSW Wildlife Rehabilitation Annual Report 2019/20 is a compilation of rescue data from the 2019-2020 year of fire, drought and flood.






CPD: Free Webinar 23 September 2021

Supporting animals and people experiencing domestic and family violence

This free webinar will provide an overview of how to support animals and people experiencing domestic and family violence and abuse (DFVA). It will also provide information about services you can refer animals and people to for help. This includes 1800 RESPECT, NSW Domestic Violence Line and the RSPCA Community Domestic Violence Program. 

This training has been developed by Lucy’s Project, a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of the link between DFVA and animal abuse. It is aligned to the Veterinary Practitioners...

NSW DPI: Update COVID-19 14 September 2021

The Queensland Government has announced changes to border restrictions for some NSW border residents

From today, NSW border zone residents who live in a non-restricted LGA can cross the Queensland border for work and volunteering that cannot be performed from home and for other essential purposes. 


If you are permitted to cross the border for work or volunteering, you will need to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine....

NSW Government: Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate 03 September 2021


If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1,500.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1,500 is reached.

Registration and licence fees...

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 02 September 2021


During this difficult time, you should consider if your worker travel is critical and if it can be delayed.  NSW Police are actively enforcing operation Stay at Home, so you will be required to provide evidence of your residential address and evidence why you are travelling for work. 

It will be your responsibility to demonstrate to Authorities why your travel is required and, in some cases, you may be required to travel with a permit.

Everyone has a responsibility to minimise all movements as much as possible....

Initial Treatment and Care Guidelines for Echidnas 02 September 2021


Echidnas are a unique species and are often presented to veterinary practices.

These guidelines from NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment provide detailed, best-practice advice on rescue, assessment and initial treatment of echidnas in the initial period following rescue.

Although directed toward wildlife rehabilitators, they will also be a useful resource for veterinarians.