The Centre is following advice from the federal and state governments in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to protect people most at risk and slow the rate of community transmission.
Below are resources to support you, your workplace and our sector with the latest information and advice.
If you suspect you have COVID-19, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
If there is an issue you’d like the Centre to advocate on behalf of or any resources or support you need, please email email@example.com.
Please note that all Centre training sessions and events will be rescheduled until further notice. If you have registered for training, you will be contacted by email with more information.
Snapshot (Updated Tuesday 31st March 2020)
- As of this morning, there are 917 cases in Victoria, and four deaths.
- Overnight, the Australian Government announced a $130 billion wage subsidy known as the JobKeeker payment.
- The Australian Government’s new stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 came into effect overnight. These include a limit on both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only (excluding household groups). Anyone gathering in larger groups risks a $1600 on-the-spot fine. For more details, see this factsheet from the Centre.
- The Australian Government has released an official app with the information you need to know about Coronavirus. Search “Coronavirus Australia” in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
- Two new public health orders came into effect on Thursday for pharmacists and prescription medications.
- From midnight 25 March, category three surgeries will not take place in public hospitals in Victoria until further notice.
Latest government announcements
- The Australian Government has announced $1.1 billion in funding for mental health services, family violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief. This includes:
- $669m for telehealth so people can get support from GPs and health advice from home
- $74m for mental health support
- $150m for domestic violence services, including 1800 RESPECT and Mensline
- $200m for emergency relief support including Foodbank, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare and other charities.
- The National Cabinet agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenants who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus.
- The Australian Government’s new stay-at-home measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 came into effect overnight. These include a limit on both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only (excluding household groups). Anyone gathering in larger groups risks a $1600 on-the-spot fine. Australians are required to stay in their home, other than:
- To obtain necessary goods or services.
- For care or other compassionate reasons.
- To attend work (both paid and voluntary) or education, including anything necessary to attend work and education such as dropping a child at childcare or other educational facility.
- To exercise.
- Other reasons including for an emergency, as required by law or to move house.
- For more details, see this factsheet from the Centre.
- The Australian Government has announced that all mutual obligation requirements will be suspended until 31 March. For ParentsNext participants, all future appointments with providers and activities are voluntary while the COVID-19 pandemic is occurring. Providers will touch base on a monthly basis to discuss ongoing support.
- The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has updated its factsheet for VET providers.
- The Family Court of Australia has clarified in a statement that courts currently remain open to assist parties, and provides parents with some general guidance.
- The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is calling on all Australian governments to ensure that responses to COVID-19 include dedicated strategies and take all necessary measures to protect and support people with disability. The Royal Commission has issued a statement of concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with disability.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) with a baby: what you need to know to prepare and respond
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and children in Australia
- Toolkit for foster carers
- Factsheet: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and children: What Coronavirus means for families and children
- Booklet: Coronavirus information for young children
- Coronacast, a daily ABC podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus or COVID19.
- Facthsheet: Stay at home directions from the Victorian Government
Family violence and domestic abuse doesn't stop during a crisis. In China, there were reports that the rate of family violence increased by 300% while people were in isolation and lockdown. Over the coming weeks and months, children and families will be facing additional emotional and financial stress as Australia deals with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Below are resources available for people seeking support:
Family violence and sexual assault services
- 1800 RESPECT
1800 737 732
24-hour service by phone and web chat.
National domestic violence, sexual assault and relationship counselling service.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
1800 799 7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
The Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support 24/7.
- Centre Against Sexual Assault
03 9635 3610
CASA House provides phone support, in person counselling and case work to people who have experienced sexual assault.
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line
03 8345 3495 or 1800 806 292
An after hours crisis line operating from 5-9pm each night.
13 11 14
Lifeline provides a 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention service, as well as online support and counselling.
- Safe Steps
1800 015 188
Safe Steps is the gateway to emergency/crisis housing for women who have experienced violence for those needing to leave a violent situation.
- WIRE Women's Information Referral and Exchange
1300 134 130 9:30am-4:30pm
Wire can provide risk assessment, support, information and referral for all Victorian women, nonbinary and gender-diverse people.
- Men’s Referral Service
1300 766 491
The Men’s Referral Service is a men’s family violence telephone counselling, information and referral service providing support for men and also women seeking information on behalf of their male partners, friends or family members.
- Kids Helpline
1800 551 1800
A free, private and confidential phone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged five to 25.
Culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
1800 755 988
A specialist family violence center for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, their families and communities. They have legal services and case management.
- Sikh Helpline Australia
0401 401 040
Support for the Sikh community in Australia.
- w|respect after hours service
1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847)
Opening hours: Wednesday 5:00pm-11:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 3:00pm-10:00pm. Call any time to leave a message and your call will be returned during the listed hours.
w respect is an LGBTIQ+ after hours family violence service.
1800 184 527
3:00pm-midnight every day.
LGBTIQ+ peer support service, with some phone workers having family violence training.
People with a disability
- National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1800 880 052
A free, independent and confidential service for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
- Workplace epidemic/pandemic policy template
- DHHS guidance note on COVID-19 and employment-related matters for the community services sector
- WorkSafe’s guide to exposure to coronavirus in workplaces
- FairWork advice on coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
- Factsheet: $100,000 stimulus package for not for profits
Whilst school holidays have been brought forward starting from today the Department of Education has outlined their responsibility to provide a program of care and supervision for children experiencing vulnerability in schools. This includes:
- Children in out-of-home care
- Children deemed by Child protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
- Children identified by the school as vulnerable, including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness service, mental health service or other heath service.
The care period currently is from Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 March. At this stage, students will return on Wednesday 15 April.
Social distancing measures include:
- maximum number of 10 children in a room.
- a minimum ratio of 1:8 to ensure staff are available to assist their colleagues with breaks, relief and other support where required. This staffing ratio can include the use of relevant support staff.
More information under the school holidays tab: