Community Information - COVID-19
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General Coronavirus information
For specific up-to-date information or advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. Their information is regularly updated and provides specific health and medical advice, including targeted information for:
Information about travel restrictions is on the Smartraveller website.
If you suspect you may have Coronavirus, please call the dedicated DHHS hotline on 1800 675 398.
COVID-19 community and business support package
Kingston Council has announced a $2.8 million assistance package for the community and businesses to help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package is designed to offer support to local businesses, community groups and vulnerable residents. The business and community support package includes:
- Rate payments deferred until 30 June 2021 for residents who apply under Council’s Hardship Policy. Apply online or download printable form
- Any interest from unpaid rates (2019/20) will be waived. Interest will not be added until after 30 June 2021.
- The due date of payment for the Rates Fourth Instalment has been extended from 31 May 2020 to 30 June 2020.
- Childcare fees waived in extreme hardship at Council’s childcare services (parent fees only, government portion still applies)
- Animal Registration fee due date extended until 30 June 2020
- Rate payments deferred until 30 June 2021 for business who apply under Council’s Hardship Policy. Apply online or download printable form
- Refund of current Health and Food Premises registrations
- Refund of current Footpath Trading fees
- Commercial rents of Council buildings waived for 3 months (up to 6 months if State of Emergency remains in place).
- Family Day Care Educators Fee waived for 3 months (up to 6 months if State of Emergency remains in place).
For sporting/Community Groups:
- No rents for Community Groups/Sporting Clubs for 12 months
- No Winter season rents for Sporting Clubs
All enquiries on this package can be directed to email@example.com or please call 1300 653 356.
Services and events
We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and will continue to support DHHS as they work to ensure the health and safety of all Victorians.
See below for a listing of council services and how they are impacted.
Essential Council services that are currently running as normal (subject to further gosvernment announcements) include, but not limited to:
- All bin collections (please ensure bins are easily accessible to minimise the need for drivers to get out of the vehicle).
- Community and childhood immunisations (all immunisations now require a booking; to book a time slot, please call 9581 4870).
- Maternal Child Health consultations will be via telephone and electronic only - with some time limited face to face work where required.
- Child Care and kindergarten
- Community bus for shopping trips only
- Planning permits
- Aged and disability service including:
- Personal care
- Unescorted shopping
- Escorted shopping only if required e.g. to get to a bank, pay bills
- Delivered Meals
- Essential domestic assistance
- Urgent home mods and home maintenance
- Assessments by phone
- As an extra service during this time we will also be conducting welfare checks by phone and in person if required.
City of Kingston’s Customer Service counters at Cheltenham and Chelsea are closed. Customer Care can still assist you with any queries via:
Kingston’s beaches are now open. You can relax at the beach, have a picnic or play non-contact sports. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and other people at all times. You cannot gather in groups of more than 10 people at any one time, and multiple groups of 10 people should not gather close by.
If your business has been affected by the coronavirus, there is a range of information, support and stimulus packages available.
To find out how your business can get help visit business.vic.gov.au or phone 13 22 15.
Business.vic.gov.au is a single entry point for the Australian business community to access information from all 3 levels of government and has a dedicated customer service team currently available from 7am – 9pm, 7 days per week.
Information available online includes:
- Coronavirus business support - Advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus.
- Business Support Fund - Assistance for Victorian small businesses impacted by coronavirus.
City of Kingston COVID-19 community and business support package
Kingston Council has announced a $2.8 million assistance package for the community and businesses to help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More on the support package
Local traders still open for business
Kingston Council has created an online business directory to help promote businesses to the local community to encourage support in these unprecedented times.
If you are a local business that's still operating in some way, in-line with government regulations, please fill out this form.
You can also contact the Business Directions team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Bus Service
Social outings on the Community Bus have been suspended.
Council will continue to provide essential shopping trips (with reduced numbers on each trip). At this stage we are continuing to accept new clients and we are assisting people with shopping if they are having issues accessing food and groceries.
Residents who wish to access AccessCare services can call 1300 819 200.
Kingston has temporarily closed its Community Centres & Hubs to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
All Council-managed centres are now closed and our team is contacting regular centre visitors to keep them informed.
Centres affected: Carrum Activity Hub, Chelsea Activity Hub, Clarinda Community Centre, Melaleuca Activity Hub, Mentone Activity Hub, Moorabbin Activity Hub/NG Wishart, Sundowner Community Centre, Westall Activity Hub.
There are also eight non-Council managed community centres in Kingston.
Please contact them directly to find out how their services are impacted.
Non-Council Centres: Aspendale Gardens Community Service, Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre, Longbeach Place, Mordialloc Community Centre, Mordialloc Neighbourhood House, Patterson Lakes Community Centre.
Community Support Hotline
Kingston Council and local support services are working together to support our community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Our Community Support Hotline can offer information and connect you with local support services including:
- emergency food aid
- home support services
- financial counseling/assistance
- family violence support
- mental health services
Phone our friendly team during business hours on 1300 653 356 if you are facing difficulty, looking for information or need a little extra support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Our trained staff are available during business hours to assist.
Share your views to help us better support the Kingston community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Kingston Council has launched a survey to check-in with our community during COVID-19 and on the road to recovery.
The results will help Council provide targeted support services, respond to changing community needs through these challenging times and make sure we are caring for our community.
By taking part, you can provide up-to-date information on the impacts of COVID-19, how our community is responding, and any gaps in local support services.
How can you help? Simply sign up to take part in a short ongoing survey: weekly for the first 2 months and then a monthly check-in. The survey will take about five minutes to complete and includes a range of topics including:
- What challenges are you facing from social isolation?
- Do you have any concerns around catching the virus?
- How you are getting information on COVID-19?
- What is providing relief for you during this time?
- Do you feel safe?
- What do you think the economic implications of COVID-19 will be?
Access the survey to get started.
Please note: You will be required to read the registration information and give your consent to participate prior to commencing.
If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact Council’s Community Capacity Officer Michelle McLean on 1300 653 356.
City of Kingston Council meetings will continue as planned. The public are welcome to watch via our regular live streaming service.
Council will be closing its in-person Customer Service and Planning counters at Cheltenham and Chelsea.
Council can still assist you with any queries via:
Phone: 1300 653 356
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Events in Kingston
Scheduled City of Kingston events:
- Citizenship Ceremonies are cancelled
Community events on Council Land
To further protect community safety, all events and activities planned on Council land (that require a permit) are cancelled until further notice.
If you have an event scheduled to take place on Council land between 23 March and 31 May 2020 we recommend you consider contingency plans for possible postponement or action a cancellation and notify all parties.
Any new event applications with an date between 24 March and 31 May 2020 will be declined upon receipt.
Applications for events after this date will not be considered until June 2020.
Events in Council Buildings
Council has written to all lease holders who hire Council buildings to recommend they cancel all non-essential gatherings at the venue and ensure any gatherings that do proceed meet the Government’s social distancing measures.
Family and Children's Centres
In line with the Victorian Government’s latest advice, all Kingston Family and Children's Centres are deemed essential services and will remain open.
Please rest assured that in addition to our usual high hygiene standards, we are taking a number of additional steps to protect the health and safety of our children, staff and families.
What are we currently doing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?
- Increasing cleaning measures within the Centre and ensuring stringent hygiene practices such as hand-washing and sanitising are followed
- All staff and children who have a fever or flu-like symptoms are asked to stay at home
- If your child becomes unwell when at the Centre, we will ask you to collect your child as soon as practicable
- When dropping off and picking up your child/ren, please minimise additional family members/friends attending the service. Where this can’t be avoided, please contact the Centre Coordinator to arrange for children to be collected / brought to reception by staff.
The following activities have been temporarily suspended:
- Excursions and incursions
- Non-essential training sessions for staff
- Student placements
- Deliveries will be left in the foyer to reduce the number of people entering the service
- Visitor sign in sheets now request details of recent travel.
If your child has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19:
- If you or your child has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or returned from overseas, please NOTIFY the centre via phone or email immediately
- Do NOT bring your child to the centre and seek medical advice
- Should there be a case linked to the Centre, staff will notify the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
What happens in the event the centre is closed?
If the Centre is required to close due to Coronavirus you will not be charged fees. Direct debits will be suspended over the closure period.
Absences from the Centre
If your child going to be absent, please notify you Coordinators rather than class room Educators. You will then need to send a follow up with an email to Admin.
If your child is required to be absent for 14 days due to overseas travel or contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, you will not be charged fees.
If you choose to self-isolate as a precaution against potential contact with COVID-19 fees will be charged. In this circumstance your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can be paid for up to 42 absence days per child, per financial year.
Please check your Childcare Statement regularly to determine how many absences your child has had this financial year (from July 2019 to June 2020). If you go over 42 absences from the service in a financial year, your Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will cease.
We (the services provider) can apply further allowable absences, if we have appropriate documentation: for example a Dr Certificate to say your child is unfit for childcare.
If you are unsure about how to check this information on your childcare statement or the documentation required, please contact our Administrative Team who will be able to assist.
If you would like to discuss your absence from the service and the impact it has on your CCS entitlements, please speak with the Centre Coordinator.
Family Day Care and Playgroups
Family Day Care
Currently, the Victorian Government has advised that educational services remain open.
The City of Kingston will continue to heed the advice of the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services as the situation evolves.
The Family Day Care is essential for the many parents who rely on the service in order for them to be able to continue to access employment.
We will be adapting the service by suspending any group programs.
Council’s supported playgroups will be suspended following a recommendation from the Department of Education.
Families requiring support and advice will be kept in contact via the phone.
Family Support Services
Kingston’s Family Support Services will continue as usual.
During COVID-19, with the closure of restaurants, cafes, and a need to cook more at home, it is even more important to have farm-fresh produce direct from the grower and producer available to the local community. There will a number of rules in place to adhere to social distancing restrictions at Kingston Farmers’ Market during this time.
- The market will be widely spread out to allow social distancing.
- Customers are requested to come to the market, shop and leave, with no social gathering.
- There will be no tables and chairs at the market, with limited takeaway food available, which is not to be consumed at the market.
- Stallholders have different set-up configurations. Previously, where multiple customers could enter a marquee, only one customer at a time will be allowed at this market.
- Fruit and vegetable stallholders with open displays have been requested not to allow customers to self-serve.
- All stallholders will have 1.5 metre distance markers outside their stalls, so please stand on the markers whilst being served or waiting to be served.
- Most stallholders accept debit and credit cards, so please use if possible. However, cash is still legal tender and will be accepted.
- There will be no sampling of food at the market.
- Hand sanitiser will be available for use at the market entrance.
- Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets at the reserve.
Scheduled Immunisation Sessions are now operating as Appointment only sessions. Please call 9581 4870 to leave a message with your name, date of birth and phone number. You will get a confirmation call back.
Visit the Immunisation Service page for more information.
Why has the City of Kingston closed its arts programs?
The City of Kingston has temporarily closed all of our public libraries, arts centre programs and leisure centre.
We are doing this to try to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community and to comply with Government requirements.
How do I arrange a refund?
If you have ordered your ticket online, Kingston Arts staff will be arranging a refund in coming days. Feel free to contact us if you haven’t received a refund by Friday 27 March.
If you purchased a ticket in person at our box office, please contact us directly to arrange a refund on 9556 4440.
Kingston Libraries reopening progressively from Tuesday 9 June
Following the recent Victorian Government announcement lifting some restrictions, we're happy to announce Kingston Libraries will start to reopen from Tuesday 9 June.
Please note services will resume gradually in a safe, compliant and managed approach, to ensure the safety of our community and employees.
What can you expect?
Starting Tuesday 9 June:
- Chelsea, Clarinda and Westall libraries will reopen with adjusted hours
- Cheltenham and Parkdale libraries will offer a Click & Collect service
- Dingley Village, Highett, Moorabbin and Patterson Lakes libraries will remain closed.
From Monday 22 June the following branches will reopen:
- Dingley Village
- Patterson Lakes
Due to the smaller size and limited ability to safely manage compliance around social distancing requirements, Highett and Moorabbin libraries are proposed to remain closed until at least late June/early July.
Read more on the Kingston Libraries website.
Are other library services still available?
Yes - plenty of our normal library services are available online including:
- Live stream storytime - each week day
- Access other Storytime sessions: children’s storytime, baby rhyme and author talks on our website or YouTube
- Online training courses
- e-Audio Books
- Home library service
- Watch a movie with our free streaming service
Our friendly team are available via phone to help you access any of our online services.
Phone us during business hours on 1300 135 668
What do I do about my borrowed books?
You will not be fined, all loans will be extended.
Reservations will be held until our libraries re-open.
All our branches also have external returns chutes – so you can also drop off your books anytime 24/7.
Maternal and Child Health & Breastfeeding Services
Maternal and Child Health Service
Maternal and Child Health consultations will be via telephone and electronic only - with some time limited face to face work where required.
Group programs connected with the MCH service including Stars, Dads and Young Mums will be suspended.
Feed and chat drop-in sessions have been temporarily suspended. All breastfeeding consultations will continue as phone consultations.
Out of School Care
Before and After School Care programs
The last day for before and after school care will be Monday 23 March 2020.
We will not be operating any programs after this time.
The program will recommence when schools return and that will be based on advice from the Victorian Government.
School Holiday Program
As a result of the Government announcement, the City of Kingston’s School Holiday Program will be cancelled for the Term 1 holidays.
The City of Kingston will always put the health, safety and wellbeing of our community at the forefront of our decisions. We apologise for any inconvenience, but are making every effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
For families who have paid for their booking, accounts will be provided a credit automatically.
Please email us at email@example.com if you wish to obtain a refund. Refunds will take 14-21 days to be processed.
To find out more see our FAQ.
Parks and playgrounds
Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment in Kingston's reserves have reopened, however BBQs remain closed.
While increased cleaning will be occurring, we ask that everyone maintains the 10 person maximum and good personal hygiene while using the facilities.
You can also do outdoor exercise with up to 10 people who don't normally live at the same address as you, provided you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and the other person.
To help alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the due date of payment for the Fourth Instalment has been extended from 31 May 2020 to 30 June 2020.
Rates deferment/payment arrangement
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can also apply to defer your rates or enter into a payment arrangement. Apply online or download the printable form.
Council has temporarily closed its customer service counters, but we will continue to offer a free sharps disposal service, which is vital for some in our community such as diabetics.
Containers can be dropped off at our Cheltenham Customer Service Counter, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham 3192, Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.
For vulnerable customers (elderly or immune compromised) who are quarantined due to COVID-19 and unable to collect new sharps containers, please contact our Customer Care team on 1300 653 356.
You can also exchange sharps containers at a number of pharmacies in the area. Download the list of participating pharmacies.
Waste and Recycling services
All City of Kingston waste services will continue as normal.
Please continue to put our your rubbish bins for collection at your usual time, ensuring bins are easily accessible to minimise the need for drivers to get out of the vehicle.
Waves Leisure Centre
Waves Leisure Centre remains closed in accordance with Stage 3 restrictions.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you when we have further information about reopening.
We understand you may still have questions about how the closure affects your membership. A list of FAQ can be found below.
What happens to my Waves Leisure Centre membership?
- All memberships remain on suspension during the closure period, and no direct debit payments will be processed.
- Extensions to cover the closure period will be applied to upfront paying members.
What happens to Swim School Classes and payments?
- All students enrolled on a Learn to Swim membership will remain enrolled with no direct debit payments processed.
- Direct debit payments are currently suspended, and upfront paying members will receive a credit for cancelled lessons. If you wish to discuss a refund, please get in touch.
- All swimming lessons will be suspended until Waves reopens. Once lessons recommence, direct debit payments will recommence.
- We encourage you to keep your enrolment active, so as to ensure your child has their desired class to return to.
- Customers on a term-based enrolment who would prefer to defer their enrolment and seek credit for the lessons paid will be required to notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get help or find out more about the Waves temporary closure?
Waves Customer Service will continue to be available via phone, email email@example.com and Facebook throughout the closure on Monday - Friday 9am-3.30pm on 9559 7111. Our team will not be available to take calls on public holidays.
Staying active at home
We recognise our members are looking for new ways to stay active during this difficult time. To help, we have launched Kingston Active at Home, a series of online workouts guided by our much-loved trainers.
We hope that being able to see a familiar face and stay physically active in your home will support you through this time. You can also join our weekly Facebook Live training sessions to participate in real-time.
Check out Kingston Active at Home for more details.
If you're looking for some water safety based activities to do with the kids at home, you can also visit our website for our SwimWork homework series. Here we are providing fun and interactive activities for students to do at home and continue with their water safety education and knowledge.
Youth Services will continue providing 1:1 counselling and support. All group programs and events will be suspended.
Health and Wellbeing
If you are unable to leave your home due to isolation restrictions, you may be tempted to spend more time on the couch or being sedentary. There are plenty of benefits to regular physical activity, not only does it reduce the risk a heart attack or developing heart disease, it can help you feel more energetic, have stronger bones and muscles and feel happier and relaxed.
Any physical activity is better than none! Always check with your doctor before starting if you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to exercise.
The Heart Foundation suggests:
- Any physical activity is better than none – try to move in as many ways as you can throughout the day
- Build up to 30 minutes a day – Build up to 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity this is the equivalent of a brisk walk that makes you puff a little, but still able to have a conversation
- Moving about while at home – ideas include gardening; de-cluttering; tracking your steps (aim for 10,000 per day); developing your own short exercise routine and doing it several times a day; walk up and down stairs; marching on the spot
- Try a free workout on YouTube – there are options for all fitness levels, from yoga and strength workouts to Pilates and high intensity interval training (HIIT).
For more ideas online see:
- Eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Keep ultra-processed and sugary foods (eg biscuits, muesli bars, sugary cereals) to a minimum.
- Don’t panic if you can’t find a food item at the supermarket – get creative. Pasta and rice can often be replaced with potato,bread or wraps. Mince can be replaced with mushrooms, lentils, chickpeas or tofu.
- Choose high-fibre foods, such as fruit and vegetables and wholegrain cereal and bread, to keep your digestive system regular.
- Try to stick to a normal eating pattern and avoid too much snacking from the cupboard now you’re working at home (eg three meals a day plus two snacks).
You can search for healthy recipes online, or try using the resources below:
As social beings, humans crave connection. Spending more time at home to help stop the spread of the virus is particularly challenging. Now more than ever it is important we maintain connections with others.
- Consider scheduling your regular social catch ups online e.g. Zoom, Skype, Facetime. Most of these can be done on a smart phone.
- Conference calls – add up to 5 or 6 people to your phone calls using a smart phone.
- Check in with others who may be feeling lonely – helping others (even through a phone call) can help you focus your energy in a positive way.
The Great Lockdown Self-Care Bingo Challenge
Try this great self-care bingo challenge or come up with your own. Download the Great Lockdown Self-Care Bingo Card to play on your own, or challenge your family and friends.
Tips for managing anxiety during COVID-19
- Beyond Blue: Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service (includes telephone support; online community forum; information, advice and strategies; and Suicide and crisis support)
- Lifeline - 13 11 14
- Griefline 1300 845 745
- Mensline 1300 789 978
- Black Dog Institute - online clinic
- This Way Up - online courses covering a range of mental health concerns
- MindSpot - a free service for Australian adults experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression and low mood
- Eheadspace - 1800 650 893 for online and webchat support and counselling for 12-25 year olds, their family and friends
Working from home
For advice and information on working from home:
Children and families
Activities and resources for things to do at home
Visit the following website and resources to find an activity that you and your family can enjoy:
Information and resources for parents
Learning from home for children
Services and crisis support
- Victorian Government services for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children
- Family Relationships Online: COVID-19 information - Family law issues including parenting arrangements, courts, services and supports
- Education Victoria: COVID-19 advice and learning from home information. Play, learning, safety and health, for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children, as well as services for parents
- Read this guide to managing re-entry anxiety after COVID-19 isolation: I'm not ready to go back to normal
- Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800 (24 hours). Visit Kids Help Line for email and web counselling
- Parent Helpline: 13 22 89 8am to midnight 7 days a week or via webchat and email
COTA Australia Older Person's COVID-19 Support Line for Senior Australians, their families and carers can FREECALL 1800 171 866 if they:
- would like to talk with someone about what COVID-19 means for them or a loved one
- are feeling lonely or distressed or are worried about a loved one feeling the same?
- are caring for a someone and need some information or a listening ear about what COVID-19 means for your circumstances.
- are worried about COVID-19 means for their usual aged care service
- are worried about a friend or family member living with dementia.
The Black Dog Institute myCompass for Seniors provides online mental health advice and support.
Coronavirus advice for older people
People aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.
The Older Person's COVID-19 Support Line 1800 171 866 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm (except public holidays)
Senior Australians, their families and carers can call the Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line if they:
- would like to talk with someone about the COVID-19 restrictions and the impact on them
- are feeling lonely or are worried about a loved one
- are caring for someone and need some information or a listening ear
- need help or advice about changing the aged care services they are currently receiving
- need help to access new care services or essential supplies such as shopping
- are concerned about a friend or family member living with dementia.
Smoke alarms don’t last forever, you should replace them every 10 years
- Smoke alarms with 10 year battery life are available at your local hardware store.
- Test your smoke alarm monthly
- Practice your home evacuation plan and to have a meeting point such as the letter box
- Do not overload power boards
- When cooking keep looking, never leave cooking unattended as approximately 5 out of 10 house fires start in the kitchen
- Never leave doors deadlocked when inside your home.
With the situation around COVID-19 continuing to unfold, it is important we continue to look out for each other and ourselves, and know there are several support services available if we, or anyone we know, are experiencing family violence and its impacts. Heightened stress, potential family disruption, social isolation and increased financial pressures can compound or exacerbate the underlying conditions that lead to family violence. This makes education and awareness central to providing effective responses.
For immediate help and support
- In an emergency or if someone is in danger, please call 000 immediately.
- 1800RESPECT National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service 1800 737 732 - 24 hour phone and web chat or for accessible services.
With gambling venues closed, some Victorians may be feeling anxious, stressed or bored. Some people may turn to other forms of gambling to cope. Gambler's Help support services remain available for anyone who might be affected by gambling issues. Gambler's Help is available on 1800 858 858, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can also try the 100 Day Challenge that offers 100 alternative activities to help resist the urge to gamble an focus your energy on other aspects of life.
Spot your drinking warning signs
- Just one more: The number and frequency of drinks are creeping up
- Drinking earlier in the day: When routine tasks like basic cooking and working from home KPIs start to slide
- Isolation fatigue: Stress, boredom, depression, kids on overdrive - all triggering you to pick up a glass
- Trouble sleeping: Trouble getting to sleep, mood swings, irritability
- Overwhelmed by emotions: More arguments, more often, Outbursts leading to distress and violence at home
- Takes more to get the same feeling: It takes more and more drinks to get the same feeling
If you recognise these signs and are concerned, call the Alcohol and Drug Foundation's DrugInfo line on 1300 85 85 8. It's free and confidential.
Diverse language and accessible resources
Easy read resources
The Council for Intellectual Disability has produced three easy read documents to assist people with intellectual disability during COVID-19:
Translated Coronavirus resources
Health Translations is an online library which enables health practitioners and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to easily find free translated health information. Access the database of translated coronavirus information.
Expression Australia is providing regular Auslan only video updates accompanied by a English text summary.
Services Australia have 2 audio products about COVID-19 in 12 languages:
- Centrelink payments and access options (Arabic, Cantonese, Gujarati,Hindi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese)
- Economic Support Payments and coronavirus supplement (Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Persian (Farsi), Serbian)
The audio files, along with the transcripts, can also be accessed at Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy, to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.
To experience other online events, visit Victoria Together.
Last updated: 26 May 12pm