COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Latrobe services open during COVID-19:

Central West Gippsland PCP have partnered with Latrobe City Council to prepare a Latrobe services open during COVID-19 report to provide information on the support available to vulnerable community members in Latrobe City during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The collation of this information will:
- Assist service providers to appropriately refer to other support services
- Identify gaps in service provision
- Assist in collaboration between service providers

Baw Baw services open during COVID-19:

Central West Gippsland PCP have also prepared a Baw Baw services open during COVID-19 report to provide information on the support available to vulnerable community members in Baw Baw during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report will be updated fortnightly.

Food Security during the COVID-19 pandemic: Baw Baw & Latrobe:

Central West Gippsland PCP, the Baw Baw Food Movement and Food For All Latrobe Valley have developed a local food security resource:

A series of smaller fact sheets supporting eating well and food security during COVID-19 have also been developed, including:

Health Advice (Victoria):

The best place to access up-to-date Victorian health advice on Coronavirus remains dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Funded Agency Channel Sector Advice:

The Funded Agency Channel have released Coronavirus information, guidelines and advice for sectors funded under the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education and Training, State Government of Victoria.

Australian Govenment:

Australia.gov.au is regularly updated to provide latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.

Activity Ban - Victoria:

The Victorian Government has announced new measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). They came into force at 11.59pm on 30 March 2020.

Federal Support:

JobKeeper Payment

The Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper payment to help keep more Australians in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant economic impact caused by the Coronavirus.
Around 6 million workers will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500 (before tax) through their employer.
The payment ensures eligible employers remain connected to their workforce and will help businesses restart quickly when the crisis is over. Read more.

Support for Businesses

The Australian 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. Read more.

Supporting Individuals and Households

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through the Coronavirus. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. Read more.
Economic Justice Australia has produced a fact sheet with specific information on how to claim a Centrelink payment during COVID-19.

Victorian Economic Survival Package:

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package complements the work of the Federal Government. 

Working for Victoria:

The $500 million Working for Victoria Fund will help Victorians who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) find new opportunities. Read more.

Board / Governance Impacts:

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has released fresh guidance of what organisations should do if they're struggling to hold regular board meetings of officially complete their Annual Information Statement. More details here.

Free Online Infection Control Training:

The Federal Government is offering workers across the health, aged care, disability and childcare sectors access to a free online training module on infection control. This training module takes about 30 minutes to complete and covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control (IPC) for COVID-19.

Mental Health and Wellbeing:

Beyond Blue has produced a guide to mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.

Lifeline is available 24 hours/7 days on 13 11 14 and online chat (7pm – midnight, 7 nights).

Family Violence Safety:

1800RESPECT is operating during COVID-19 and a list of safety apps for mobile phones can be found at their website.

The safe steps 24/7 family violence crisis response phone line will continue to operate as usual 1800 015 188.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria are collating information, resources and responses to frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and family violence at the Lookout website.

Answering Questions from Children:

Emerging Minds has created a selection of resources to assist parents and carers in Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Suite of Resources

Health and Social Sector Advice:

Community Resources:

General Information

Auslan

Carers, Families and Friends of People Living with Dementia

Disability Services

Easy English

Family Violence Safety

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Multilingual

Supporting Children