NSW Residents Face $1000 Fine For Not Reporting Positive RAT Results

Posted by Sama in News On 15th January 2022
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Victoria and Queensland are currently reporting their official numbers on RAT while NSW is to follow suit and has made it mandatory for its residents to report their test results and failure to do so will reuslt in the fine of $1000. Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said that without RAT results being reported experts are unable to get a clear idea of how Covid-19 is moving through the community.

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New reports released suggest that NSW residents will have to report their rapid antigen results accurately on the Service NSW app or face a $1,000 fine.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made the announcement on January 13 as the state continues to deal with the rise in Covid cases and has reported 21 deaths and 34,759 new cases of Covid-19 overnight.

NSW Premier says that all the results will be backdated and those who test positive will need to log their results. 

Fines will not be enforced until January 19, but the registration service has launched today and is active through the Service NSW app.

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Premier also acknowledged that the mandate is hard is to enforce, however, said without it being mandatory people would be 'discouraged' from registering their results.

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He additionally says that the NSW residents will do the right thing and upload their results on the service.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said more than 2,900 people have already registered their RAT.

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"For those people that don't have a Service NSW app, you can also go to the Service NSW website, and access the form there," Mr Dominello said.

"Alternatively, you can go and call Service NSW and they will provide assistance."

In the latest update, the Residents will also be able to upload results for dependents and interstate travelers can register a guest account.

Hospitalizations in NSW are on the rise, with 2,242 people in hospital and 175 in ICU.

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ven though Victoria and Queensland are currently reporting their rapid tests for official numbers but NSW is yet to follow. 

RAT reporting was made mandatory at a federal level at the request of Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard told the Sydney Morning Herald:

"There has been much discussion regarding the possibility of mandatory enforcement and the health lawyers are consulting with Crown Solicitor's to look at what may be possible."

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He added:

It comes with the added benefit that it might also open the door to federal financial assistance if you're off work for the week. The bottom line is it is a must-do, even if there is no fine.

"At the end of the day, it's an obligation on all of us to make sure that we log in to the Service NSW app, particularly as it will give a clear picture of how the virus is moving through the community."

Chant added that without these RAT results reported, the scientists won't be able to get an idea of how clear the situation regarding Covid is or how fast the virus is spreading through the community. 

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