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Natural disaster declared across much of NSW

The NSW Government has declared a natural disaster in large swathes of NSW as heavy rains batter the state and force thousands to evacuate.


NSW Government natural disaster declarations are made on a whole of Local Government Area (LGA) basis and issued with an Australian Government Reference Number (AGRN).


The following LGAs have been declared natural disaster zones.



Blue Mountains
Canterbury Bankstown
Central Coast
Cessnock City Council
Clarence Valley
Coffs Harbour City
Dungog Shire
Inner West
Lake Macquarie City
Maitland City
Nambucca Valley
Newcastle City
Northern Beaches
Port Macquarie-Hastings
Port Stephens
The Hills


Under a new clause won in the most recent Enterprise Agreement, staff working in Catholic systemic schools have access to 5 days Paid Emergency Disaster Leave if you are unable to attend school because of a declared natural disaster and cannot work remotely.


For independent schools there is currently no entitlement to Paid Emergency Disaster Leave, but the AIS assures the union schools are sympathetic in these circumstances. IEU is pursuing 5 days Emergency Disaster Leave as an entitlement in the current bargaining.


If your school does not grant a reasonable request for leave due to flooding or extreme weather, contact the union for assistance.



The NSW Department of Education is publishing a list of schools that are non-operational due to severe weather as of Monday 22 March 2021.


Other schools and services

Independent schools

Aetaomah School

Al Zahra College

Arndell Anglican College

Aspect - St Andrew's College Junior Campus

Aspect - St Andrew's College Secondary Campus

Aspect - John Paul II Collge Satellite, Marayong

Aspect - St Joseph's Primary Satellite, Schofields

Aspect – Coffs Harbour Campus

Aspect – Richmond Public School Campus

Aspect - St Monica's Richmond Campus

Aspect - St Peter's College Tuggerah Campus

Australian Christian College, Marsden Park

Bishop Druitt College

Blacktown Youth College, Hebersham

Blacktown Youth College, Lawson

Chrysalis Steiner School

Darkinjung Barker at Yarramalong

Hawkesbury Independent School

Hinterland Christian College

Kempsey Adventist School

Manning Adventist Bush School

Manning Valley Anglican School

Nepean Christian School

Ngarralingayil Barker at Wollombi

SEDA College, Olympic Park

SEDA College, Glebe

St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie

St Pauls Grammar School

St Philip’s Christian College, Gosford

St Philip’s Christian College DALE Gosford

St Philp’s Christian College DALE Young Parents Wyong

Taree Christian College

The Nature School

Unity Grammar

Wollemi College Werrington


Catholic schools

Broken Bay Diocese

St Cecilia's, Wyong

St Peter's Catholic College, Tuggerah


Lismore Diocese

St Mary's Primary School, Bowraville

St Joseph's Primary School, Kempsey

St Paul's College, Kempsey

St Joseph's Primary School, Wauchope

St Joseph's Primary School, Laurieton

Newmans College, Port Macquarie

St Mary's Primary School, Bellingen

St Johns Woodlawn

St James Primary School, Yamba


Maitland Newcastle Diocese

St Joseph’s Primary School, Bulahdelah

St Joseph’s Primary School, Gloucester

St Joseph’s Primary School, Taree

St Clare’s Secondary College, Taree

St Joseph’s Primary School, Wingham


Parramatta Diocese

Penola Catholic College, Emu Plains

CathWest Innovation College (McCarthy Campus), Emu Plains

Bede Polding College, South Windsor

St Matthew’s Primary School, Windsor

St Monica’s Primary School, Richmond

Chisholm Primary School, Bligh Park

Mary Immaculate Primary School, Quakers Hill

Santa Sofia Catholic College (temporary secondary site, Schofields)

St Andrews Primary School, Marayong

St Andrews College, Marayong

St John Paul II Catholic College, Schofields and Nirimba

St Johns Primary School, Riverstone

St Josephs Primary School, Schofields

St Lukes Catholic College, Marsden Park