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  • What’s next for people living with chronic conditions under COVID?

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    The government hasn’t yet released any new coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for people with chronic conditions, however, we can make some predictions. While coronavirus is still a risk in the community, people with conditions that put them at greater risk will still need to take extra precautions. This will mean staying at home if you can, […]

  • What are the current travel restrictions between states?

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    Each state and territory has different travel restrictions in place. Some states have closed their borders and will only allow exceptions for emergency services, freight delivery, medical appointments, employment and compassionate reasons. What you need to do to access one of these exemptions also varies state to state. Australian Capital Territory The ACT doesn’t have […]

  • Mutual obligations to start up again

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    On 28 September, mutual obligations for people receiving payments like JobSeeker and Youth Allowance will start up again. This doesn’t include people who live in Victoria. The Australian Government suspended mutual obligations in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Mutual obligations include things like: going to appointments with employment services applying for jobs training voluntary work. […]

  • Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker will mean more people can get both

    Wednesday September 23 2020

    The JobKeeper payment and the JobSeeker coronavirus supplement are being reduced over the next week. This means that thousands of people will face a substantial cut to their income. However, this also means that some people receiving JobKeeper will be able to get an income support payment like JobSeeker, because of changes to the amount […]

  • A new Disability Response Centre for coronavirus

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Australian and Victorian governments are working together to improve how they respond to, and manage, coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in disability residential care. To do this, they are focussing on supporting staff and services to limit the number of places a staff member can work, as well as improving how they manage outbreaks through a […]

  • Understanding the roadmap for reopening – regional Victoria

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Victorian Government released its coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening on 6 September with different steps for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. From 14 September, some restrictions will be eased. However, the base principles for keeping safe will stay the same for now. You will still need to: wear a mask or face covering stay […]

  • Understanding the roadmap for reopening – metro Melbourne

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Victorian Government released its coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening on 6 September with different steps for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. From 14 September, some restrictions will be eased. However, the base principles for keeping safe will stay the same for now. You will still need to: wear a mask or face covering stay […]

  • What’s allowed and what’s not? FAQs about easing Victoria’s restrictions

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    The Victorian Government released a lot of information about their roadmap out of lockdown on 6 September. But what does this mean for people living in Melbourne? Below is a plain language summary of the key questions people might have about what Melburnians will be allowed and not allowed to do for the next few […]

  • The social bubble – what is it?

    Tuesday September 8 2020

    As part of the Victorian Government’s plan to gradually ease out of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and Stage 3 in regional Victoria, people will soon be able to create a ‘social bubble’. From 14 September, people living alone and single parents will be allowed to choose one person from another home to visit. This […]

  • Activities for Melburnians under Stage 4

    Tuesday August 18 2020

    Under Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne, people will now be at home more than ever. Particularly as people are now only allowed to exercise for one hour per day and within 5km of their homes. To help we’ve put together a list of apps and things people can do to keep themselves and their families […]