The current State of Emergency originally declared in Victoria on 16 March 2020 until 11 May 2020, has been extended until 31 May 2020.

These restrictions outline the limitations on leaving home for all Victorians, and provide clarification of previous directions. The Stay at Home directions (No 6) came into force at 11.59 pm on 12 May 2020 and can be viewed here.

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, well-being and social connection. 

These include:

  • Having family and friends visit you at home – with up to five visitors being allowed into your home.
  • Gatherings of people for the purposes of non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as National, State and public parks – with groups of up to ten being allowed to gather.
  • Small gatherings of up to 10 people at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities.  The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.

There are five reasons that you can leave home:

  • shop for food and other necessary goods and services
  • access medical services or provide caregiving – for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative
  • attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
  • exercise and participate in some recreational activities adhering to the rules
  • visit friends, family and loved ones while adhering to the rules

These directions also place restrictions on businesses and other organisations, and limit recreational, cultural and entertainment activities. The Restricted activity directions (No 7) came into force at 11.59 pm on 12 May 2020 and can be viewed here

If you would like to view frequently asked questions about current restrictions, travel advice, coronavirus symptoms, testing, risks and prevention, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

The Federal Department of Health publishes an up to date page with the latest Coronavirus information, including cases numbers and related information.

This page is a helpful guide only

(Last updated on 13 May 2020)


KEY CONTACTS

Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398

Business Victoria – 13 22 15

Business.gov.au – 13 28 46

Victoria Police Assistance Line – 131 444


WHAT DOES CORONAVIRUS LOOK LIKE?

The most common symptoms reported, as set out by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, include:

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever
  • Sweat
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have Coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on: 1800 675 398.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing has now expanded.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, even if mild, then you can and should be tested.

You can call the 24-hour hotline 1800 675 398 to find out where to get tested

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.


SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLDS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – JOBKEEPER PAYMENT.

On Monday 20 March, the Federal Government announced the introduction of a JobKeeper Payment Scheme, which will provide certain workers with a fortnightly payment of $1,500. The $130 billion scheme will assist up to 6 million Australians.

For more information about the package, visit:

– Information for employees

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – WORKER AND BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE. 

The Federal Government has announced an additional $66.1 billion economic support package. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation.

For more information about specific parts of the package, visit:

– Income support for individuals

– Payments to support households

– Temporary early access to superannuation

– Temporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown rates

– Reducing social security deeming rates

To find out more information, visit the Federal Department of Treasury.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE RELIEF PACKAGE.

On Thursday 2 April, the Federal Government announcement the new Early Childhood Education and Care relief Package. From Monday 6 April weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs. Payments will be made until the end of the 2019-2020 financial year and families will not be charged fees during this time.

For more information about the package, visit the Federal Department of Education.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – ECONOMIC SURVIVAL PACKAGE.

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion support package.

Details of the package includes:

  • $500 million Working for Victoria Fund aimed at Government employment opportunities, job-matching, retraining, hardship support.

You can register, as a worker, in the Working for Victoria Fund.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – FREE SESSIONAL KINDER.

Parents will be able to send their children to sessional kindergarten for free during Term Two and sessional providers will be given the funding certainty. The funding will provide approximately $485 per child for Term Two for each child enrolled in a funded kindergarten program. To be eligible for the additional funding, these services must not charge families and allow children to attend fifteen hours a week of kinder for free.

To find out more, please visit the Victorian Government announcement.

BANKING – HOME LOAN PAYMENT DEFERRALS.

The major four Australian banks have announced that home loan customers experiencing financial challenges, due to Coronavirus, will be also to pause their repayments by up to six months.

You can contact the major banks on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 133 095 | NAB: 1300 683 106 | Westpac: 132 032

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – EMERGENCY FOOD PACAKGES.

Emergency Food Help.

Victorians who are required to self-isolate, due to the Coronavirus, are eligible to receive a two week supply of essential goods.

The relief packages will include items like: long life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be provided. They will include items like: soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Households with young children may be eligible to receive nappies and baby formula.

The emergency relief package program is being coordinated by the Red Cross and Foodbank Victoria.

Packages can be access through the Coronovirus Hotline: 1800 675 398.

FREE PHARMACY HOME DELIVERY.

From Monday 20 March, free pharmacy home delivery will be offered by Australia Post to support those isolating themselves at on the advice of a medical practitioner, people over seventy years of age, and people with chronic health conditions.

To find out more information, visit Australia Post.


SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – JOBKEEPER PAYMENT.

On Monday 20 March, the Federal Government announced the introduction of a JobKeeper Payment Scheme, which will provide certain workers with a fortnightly payment of $1,500. The $130 billion scheme will assist up to 6 million Australians.

For more information about the package, visit:

– Information for employers

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – WORKER AND BUSINESS SUPPORT PACKAGE. 

The Federal Government has announced an additional $66.1 billion economic support package. The Federal Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

For more information about specific parts of the package, visit:

– Boosting cash flow for employers

– Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses

– Increasing the instant asset write-off

– Backing business investment

– Supporting apprentices and trainees

To find out more information, visit the Federal Department of Treasury.

To find more information, support, and resources for businesses affected by the Coronavirus, call 13 28 46 or visit Business Victoria.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT – ECONOMIC SURVIVAL PACKAGE.

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion support package.

Details of the package includes:

  • $556 million the Government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million.
  • The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021.
  • $500 million Business Support Fund for businesses in the hardest hit sectors.
  • $100 million waiving of rent for businesses in Government buildings.
  • $30 million waiving of 2020 liquor licensing fees.
  • Commitment to pay State Government invoices within 5 days.

To find out more information, call the Business Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on 13 22 15.

You can register, as a business, in the Business Support Fund.

BANKING – LOAN PAYMENT DEFERRALS.

The major four Australian banks have announced that they will defer loan repayments for small businesses, affected by the Coronavirus, by up to six months. This announcement is welcome news in Victoria, where the 600,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy.

You can contact the major banks on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 132 607 | NAB: 1300 769 650 | Westpac: 132 142