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Extended vax target freedoms for NSW

Alexandra Vanags
08 October 2021 2 minute readShare
Extended vax target freedoms for NSW

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has updated the freedoms that the lockdown-impacted areas of the state will receive when it reaches 70 and 80 per cent vaccination targets.

This includes increased visitor numbers in homes and dropping face mask requirements in workplaces for fully vaccinated people. The 70 per cent double vaccination target has already been reached, and the Premier has confirmed this means restrictions are on track to be relaxed on Monday, 11 October.

At a press conference held yesterday (Thursday) morning, the newly minted Premier said he was extending the new freedoms for fully vaccinated people.

At 70 per cent, these include:

  • Increasing the number of adults allowed at home gatherings from five to 10.
  • Increasing the number of adults allowed to gather in public spaces from 20 to 30.
  • Increasing wedding and funeral caps from 50 to 100.
  • Reopening indoor pools.

Rules impacting hospitality and retail venues will remain the same.

At per cent — which is currently forecast for 25 October — these include:

  • Making face masks in office buildings optional.
  • Increasing adults allowed at home gatherings to 20.
  • Increasing the number of adults allowed to gather in public spaces to 50.
  • Allowing 3,000 people to be able to attend ticketed outdoor events.
  • Opening nightclubs for seated drinking only (no dancing).

Changes will also be made to school return: kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 will return from 18 October, and all other years from 25 October.

“Vaccinations are the key to life returning to normal and the changes today will help family and friends reconnect and get businesses back up and running sooner,” Mr Perrottet said.

Premier sets sights on housing affordability

The Premier also made it clear in the early hours of his premiership that his ministry will focus its efforts on economic reforms that aim to improve housing affordability across the state.

“We are facing a challenge when it comes to generational equity where many young people today cannot get the keys to their very first home,” Mr Perrottet said.

“We have a duty to ensure that generations that come after us have greater opportunity and prosperity than we have.”

Mr Perrottet said that his government’s property tax proposal, of which he was an architect, would be a core component of such reform.

The property tax proposal suggests that first-time home buyers could be able to enter the market as much as two-and-a-half years sooner if stamp duty was done away with and replaced with an opt-in annual property tax.

The new tax would be imposed on unimproved land value (ULV), or simply the value of a block of land before factoring in the residence built on it. Once a buyer opts in to the tax, the property will remain subject to the tax, no matter how many times it changes hands.

The proposal expects it will take 20 years for the property tax to cover half of all residential properties, with further take-up proceeding gradually in subsequent years.

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