Julian Hill MPFederal Member for Bruce

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Australia and the world are facing a health crisis unprecedented in recent decades.

From 18 October, in metropolitan Melbourne

  • you are not allowed to travel more than 25km of your home for shopping or exercise
  • you can travel further than 25km from your home for permitted work, medical care and caregiving
  • groups of up to ten people from two households can gather in outdoor public places
  • outdoor sports settings like tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks can open
  • hairdressers can open, with strict safety protocols in place
  • all allied health professionals currently operating can resume routine face-to-face care
  • restaurants and cafes can open for takeaway and delivery only.

The COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic emergency, and all of us are being affected in different ways. Sources of financial assistance and support are listed below.

Coronavirus is still with us

Please get tested if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell. Getting tested is safe and free for everyone.

Support is available if you are worried about losing wages.

Stay at home

Stay at home

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.

Wear a face mask

Wear a facemask

Everyone has to wear a face mask whenever they leave home (unless a lawful exception applies).

Cover your coughs

When you cough or sneeze,  cover your nose and mouth. Or  cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or bent elbow.

Wash your hands

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 face

Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth – or your face covering if you’re wearing one.

Keep your distance

Keep your distance

Stay 1.5 metres away from people you don't live with.  Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.

Assistance and support

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

Residential tenants and landlords

Rent relief grant

Advice for renters 1800 068 860

Department of Social Services coronavirus support

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

Mental health and wellbeing

Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348

Mental health and COVID-19

Partners in Wellbeing (free counselling) 1300 375 330

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health

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

more health resources