COVID-19 Important Information

Victorian Government Updates

A central source of information, updates and advice about the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria can be found here.

Modelling on the potential impact of COVID-19 to Victoria and our health care system can be found here.

Updates on the measures undertaken as a result of the Victorian State of Emergency can be found here.

Further announcements from the Victorian Government can be found at the Premier’s Media Centre here.

A full list of coronavirus related restrictions in Victoria can be found here.

If you want to report a suspected breach of public health restrictions contact the Police Assistance Line on 13 14 44 or report online here.

Businesses seeking advice about whether they are affected can the Business Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on 13 22 15.

Testing

Anyone who displays clinical symptoms of coronavirus can now be tested in Victoria.

There are now 40 screening clinics open across Melbourne and regional Victoria, as well as testing at many GP clinics.

To find your nearest clinic or for any other inquiries contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Federal Government Updates

Daily status updates, case numbers and related information at a national level can be found here.

Global Updates

Reliable information on how COVID-19 is impacting other countries can be found at the World Health Organisation website here

Updates on policy responses, global case numbers, and further information can be found at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development website here.

Schools

As of Tuesday 26 May all Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students, specialist school students, as well as VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning at government schools.

Students in the broader year 3 to 10 cohort will continue to learn remotely until Tuesday 9 June, to give the Government and the Chief Health Officer time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.

Early Childhood Education

The Federal Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package is ensuring that services remain available. Information can be found here and a FAQ sheet here.

Health and Wellbeing Support

This has been an incredibly stressful time for many people. Below are some useful resources if you need some extra support.

Beyond Blue
1300 22 46 36

Lifeline
13 11 14

Victorian Support for Workers

Working for Victoria Program – Any worker whose employment status has been affected is invited to register their details.

Jobs Victoria Services
jobsvictoria@ecodev.vic.gov.au
1300 208 575

Victorian Skills and Jobs Centres
1300 100 606

Federal Support for Workers

Summary of Federal Measures

JobKeeper Program – Payment to help impacted businesses cover the costs of their employees’ wages at a rate of $1,500 a fortnight.

Commonwealth Income Support

JobSeeker Payment (previously Newstart)

Transition to Work (15-24 years old)
1300 854 414

Federal Jobs Hub

Economic Support Measures

Victorian Government Economic Survival Package

Support for Victorian Sole Traders

Employer Guide to JobKeeper Payment

Support for Charities*

Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission

Federal Government Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Measure

*JobKeeper payment also applies to charities and NFP’s.