Australia and the world are facing a health crisis unprecedented in recent decades.
From 18 October, in metropolitan Melbourne
The best way to stay safe is to stay at home when you can. Only go to work if you are in a permitted industry.
Everyone has to wear a face mask whenever they leave home (unless a lawful exception applies).
When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth. Or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or bent elbow.
Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. Or hand sanitiser (over 60 per cent alcohol).
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth – or your face covering if you’re wearing one.
Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don't live with. Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
Australian Government financial assistance for individuals and households
Australian Government assistance for businesses
Victorian Government assistance for businesses 13 2215
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment 1800 2266
Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment 1800 675 398
Working for Victoria opportunities for employees impacted by the pandemic
Advice for renters 1800 068 860
Find local emergency relief organisations
Emergency food relief packages for people in mandatory self-isolation 1800 675 398
Assistance for City of Casey residents and businesses (03) 9705 5200
Assistance for Greater Dandenong residents and businesses (03) 8571 1000
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19), contact your GP, or call the hotline 1800 675 398Australian Department of Health World Health Organization Victorian Department of Health translated information SBS - Information in 63 languages Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080
Report a breach of COVID-19 restrictions
Schools information 1800 338 663
Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348Mental health and COVID-19
Partners in Wellbeing (free counselling) 1300 375 330
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Suicide Line 1300 651 251
Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
headspace (youth) 1800 367 968
ReachOut (for young people and parents)
MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
safe steps (family violence) 1800 015 188
SANE Australia 1800 187 263
Switchboard (LGBTIQA+) 1800 184 527
FriendLine 1800 424 287
Victoria Together online activities and experiences