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People living in Victoria will need to be aware of the restrictions (rules) in place to try to stop the spread of the COVID-19. Victoria is now in a State of Disaster. IDEAS updates this information so that you can have the latest news. (Updated August 2)

This blog has the key need to know information. Please check back, as we add to it as changes happen.
 
If you need help call the COVID-19 Disability Information Helpline for free on 1800 643 787.  8 am - 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Our Information Officers are taking calls and can find information where ever you live. They will have the most up to date information.

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Major changes come into place for Victorians: 

  • August 2nd for people living in Melbourne.
  • August 5th for people living in Regional Victoria.

These will be in place until Sunday 13 September.

Below are the key rules. If you need more information see COVID-19 Restrictions in Detail

Quick links to topics in this article 

Metropolitan Melbourne Rules
Regional Victoria Rules
Escaping Violence
Masks
Mental Health
Money
Food
Testing
School
Easy English
Local Government Areas 


Metropolitan Melbourne Restrictions (Rules)

 For Melbourne, new restrictions will take effect from 6 pm Sunday 2 August.  These are known as Stage 4 Restrictions.

A curfew will be in place from 8 pm this evening. Curfews will be in operation from 8 pm to 5 am every evening. People are only allowed to leave their house for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for 1 of the following four reasons:

  • To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation, you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.

  • Exercise once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.
  • For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving.

  • Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.
  • Schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of permitted workers. Kinders and early childhood centres in metropolitan Melbourne will only be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers.

 

Regional Victoria including Mitchell Shire will move to Stage 3 restrictions from 11:59 pm Wednesday 5 August

 This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:

  • For food and essential supplies
  • For study or work
  • For care and healthcare
  • And for exercise or outdoor recreation

When outside your home, you must wear a face covering.

No visitors are allowed at your home, and you are only allowed to gather with one person from outside your household in public.

Business Restrictions 

On August 3rd, the Premier announced that business would be in one of 3 categories. 

First: supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices —plus everyone involved in our frontline response — will continue to operate.

Second: Industries where onsite operations will have to cease for the next six weeks including retail, some manufacturing and administration. These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely.

Retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless 'click and collect' and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place, and hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.

The third and final list is made up of industries that are permitted to operate — but under significantly different conditions.

Whether it's our food production, waste collection or supply chain logistics we need some things to continue — but they've got do so safely.


For more details - Guide for Business 
Plus you can call us if you need to know more. 

 

If you are escaping family violence, you can also leave your home

 You can always leave home in case of an emergency.
If you are in danger please call the Police - 000.
1800RESPECT will continue to operate as per usual during the COVID-19 health emergency. They are open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. Free Call: 1800 737 732

See also Bullying, Abuse, Domestic and Family violence, how and where to get help and support

 

Masks or Face coverings mandatory for all of Victoria

 From 11:59 pm on Sunday 2 August, face coverings will also be mandatory for all of Victoria.
If you leave your home you need to wear a mask. For more information about face masks see our update here. It includes videos, information in community languages, how to make masks, where to get masks, official information from the Victorian Government and specific disability information about Autism, communication and sensory needs.

 

Extra Mental Health Help

 People in areas affected by COVID-19 restrictions will be able to get 10 extra Medicare subsidised sessions. It will allow people in eligible areas who have used their 10 sessions to continue to receive mental health care from their psychologist, psychiatrist, GP or other eligible allied health worker.   People who have to isolate or quarantine under public health orders, can access these sessions too.

Patients will need to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan and a review with their GP to get the sessions.
This measure will start on Friday 7 August and be available until 31 March 2021.

Additional COVID-19 Mental Health Support

 

Practical Help - Money

 From the Department of Social Services

Ordinarily to receive payments a person must be unemployed and be taking reasonable steps to obtain other suitable work and meet other participation requirements but these criteria have been relaxed to provide access to:

  • Sole traders and the self-employed who continue to run their businesses.
  • People in quarantine or self-isolation as a result of advice from a health professional or a requirement by a government (Commonwealth, state or territory) if they do not have employer paid leave or income protection insurance.
  • People who have been stood down or have reduced hours or pay

Crisis Payment is also available to assist individuals who are in financial hardship as a result of being required to quarantine.

Access requirements to payments have been made easier.

Recipients of a range of income support payments, including JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance, will continue to receive the Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight until 24 September 2020. A Coronavirus Supplement of $250 per fortnight and an income free threshold of $300 per fortnight will be available until 31 December 2020.

Government would delay moving to phase two of mutual obligations for Victoria until further notice.

“No Victorian will face financial penalties during this time, however, job seekers are encouraged to remain connected with their employment service providers to ensure they are supported to access the full range of assistance including mental health services, if required,” Minister Cash said.

Access requirements to payments have been made easier.

A step-by-step guide to applying for payments is available at servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19 and information about online and self-service options is available at servicesaustralia.gov.au/selfservice or 136 240.

More detail at the Department of Social Services

From the Department of Human Services Victoria

  • Victorian workers can apply for a $300 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment that provides financial support while they self-isolate to wait for the results of a coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

  • If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact of a confirmed case, you may be eligible for the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment that provides financial support while you are quarantining at home as instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services

  • If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or is a close contact of a confirmed case and you have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine, you may also be eligible for the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.

If you are experiencing rental hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance.

 

Practical Help - Food

 From the Department of Human Services Victoria

People who live in Victoria who need to quarantine or isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and don’t have enough food to feed themselves or their families may be eligible to receive an emergency relief package of basic supplies.

Emergency relief packages contain essential food staples including cereal, long-life milk, sugar, pasta and canned vegetables. Personal care items such as soap, deodorant and toothpaste are also provided as part of the packages. Nappies and baby formula can be provided if requested.

If you need a food relief package, call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. You can call this number anytime. It is open all the time.

More detail: DHHS Extra Help and Support
Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Testing

 If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

There are many places to get tested across Victoria. More places are being added all the time. It is good to check the details before you head out. Where to get tested

You can also call us to ask about testing. Free Call: 1800 643 787.
We have helped many people find testing in their local area.
Plus work through questions about the test, accessibility, transport and support.


COVID-19 Testing for People with a Disability

 

Schools 

 All schools around Victoria will move to remote learning the week starting August 2nd.
Schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of permitted workers.
Kinders and early childhood centres in metropolitan Melbourne will only be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers.
Specialist schools, kinders and childcare will remain open in regional areas.

Premier Andrews said on August 2nd Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in our specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday. Onsite supervision will be offered but tightened – only available for students who really need it.  That means children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home. From Thursday, those same rules will apply to Melbourne’s kinder and early childhood education services.

 

Easy English Information

 

These Easy Read Fact Sheets about staying at home might help too.

docxGeneral health and wellbeing for home isolation 
docxWhat to expect when you get disability services
docxCoronavirus - looking after your mental health

NDIS Help
If you need more help to stay at home at this time, please contact the NDIS. You can call 1800 800 110, pick option 5 and talk to a planner. You can make changes to your plan or get help if you are having trouble getting services due to COVID-19.
See NDIS COVID-19 Melbourne Information.

Making a Plan
To help you plan what you need over the next while this guide on Making a Plan from Collaborating 4 Inclusion might be helpful. You can work through things like

  • Managing your health, like using telehealth
  • Having enough supplies like medicines and food
  • Organising support staff or carers
  • Your budget

COVID-19 information for people with a disability start here is your guide to support, testing, supplies, staying connected & more 


 

List of Local Government Area (LGA) or Local Council that the Stage 4 Restrictions apply to  

 If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you must stay at home.

If you are not sure which LGA you are in, find out here.
Or call us - 1800 643 787 (8am - 8pm)

These are the LGA that restrictions apply to:

B - Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank
C - Cardinia, Casey
D - Darebin
F - Frankston
G - Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong
H - Hobsons Bay, Hume
K - Kingston, Knox
M - Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Mitchell Shire, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula
N - Nillumbik
P - Port Phillip
S - Stonnington
W - Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham
Y - Yarra, Yarra Ranges

More Questions?
Call the COVID-19 Disability Information Helpline for free on 1800 643 787.
Our Information Officers are taking calls and can find information where ever you live. They will have the most up to date information.

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