Federal Government is Winding Back COVID-19 Disaster Payments [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Federal Government is Winding Back COVID-19 Disaster Payments [Headlines]

The payments will be scaled back when a state or territory reaches 70 per cent full vaccination and end shortly after 80 per cent is reached.

By Hope NewsroomWednesday 29 Sep 2021News

Today’s headlines from the Hope News team. You can listen to hourly bulletin updates at hopenews.com.au.

The Federal Government is winding back COVID-19 disaster payments in a bid to discourage lockdowns.

The payments will be scaled back when a state or territory reaches 70 per cent full vaccination and end shortly after 80 per cent is reached.

School principals are warning of a surge in students coming back to school early, as industries start to re-open.

A staggered return to face-to-face teaching begins on the October 25, two weeks after the first wave of restrictions lifts.

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Fully vaccinated visitors may be allowed into aged care homes once NSW reaches 70 per cent vaccination coverage.

State health officials have met with their federal counterparts to discuss the possibilities.

The NSW Government is ramping up emissions reduction targets, now aiming to halve the carbon footprint by 2030.

Modelling presented to Cabinet shows the State is expected to attract $37 billion worth of private investment in electricity infrastructure.

A report has found more than 1200 serving or former Defence Force personnel have died by suicide in 18 years, but the rate of suicide is stable.

Anyone in need of support can contact Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner has asked tech giants and other tech companies to develop new codes to tackle child abuse and other adult material.

It has released a blueprint to guide the development of new online industry codes.

Optus is refunding businesses almost $800,000, following a billing error.

An ACMA investigation found the telco charged customers for landline services they did not receive.

About 500,000 households around the country are yet to complete the Census.

People have until this Friday afternoon to submit the survey online, before the Census website is closed.