Backpackers allowed to extend stays in Australia during coronavirus pandemic

Backpackers in primary industry

Backpackers will be allowed to extend their stays in Australia and temporary visa holders will get early access to their superannuation under changes being unveiled by the Federal Government today.

But people from overseas who cannot support themselves through the coronavirus pandemic have again been warned to leave the country.

The move is to ensure farmers have enough labour to plant and pick their crops. The seasonal workers will be exempt from a rule that normally prevents them from staying with the same employer for more than six months

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Covid 19 arrangements – City of Greater Shepparton

City of Greater Shepparton LogoThe health of the Council’s employees, volunteers and the Greater Shepparton community is the Shepparton Council’s top priority. Council’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is being guided by the latest advice from Commonwealth and State authorities.

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Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Supporting children during Covid-19

With recent news and media coverage about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), following on from a difficult bushfire season, it is normal for children and adults to feel overwhelmed and stressed during this time.

This curated selection of resources will assist parents and carers to best to support their children and reduce worry and distress. It contains a video, factsheets and tips about what you can expect and how you can help children cope.

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COVID-19 Update for refugees and people seeking asylum

Refugee Council of Australia Logo

As Australia and the world faces the rapidly escalating COVID-19 crisis, we stand with refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations working with them.

A pandemic of this nature, unprecedented in our life-times, brings great uncertainty and fear for all of us, but especially the people most vulnerable in our society.

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Coronavirus: Translation assistance from Red Cross

Australian Red Cross LogoCOVID-19 is a new disease that infects the respiratory (breathing) system: the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a new type of coronavirus that spreads easily from person to person. Understanding the virus and how it spreads will help you to protect yourself and others. Here, the Red Cross Organisation provides posters in many languages to aid understanding of what to do with the coronavirus challenge.

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Cultural Diversity Week postponed

Events PostponedThe Victorian Multicultural Commission will postpone Cultural Diversity Week celebrations until later this year. Following an announcement last week to postpone its main events – Premier’s Gala Dinner and Victoria’s Multicultural Festival – the Commission will not promote Cultural Diversity Week from 21-29 March 2020.

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Refugee resettlement paused

UNHCR LogoTwo UN agencies announced that refugees would no longer be resettled to homes in safe countries. The UN refugee agency and the UN migration agency said resettlement would be suspended as “a temporary measure that will be in place only for as long as it remains essential”.

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Multicultural Mental Health – Feedback Survey

Embrace Mental HealthFECCA, as part of an alliance with the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) and Mental Health Australia (MHA), are working on a project about multicultural mental health called ‘Embrace’, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. An online consultation is offered for those wishing to contribute.

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