A new Call-to-Test service

Call to get tested for Covid 19
Beginning today is the new Call-to-Test service, providing in-home coronavirus testing to Victorians who would otherwise be unable to get tested. This includes older Victorians, Victorians with a disability, carers and those with an illness that might prevent them from leaving home. For eligible callers located in Melbourne, testers will visit within 48 hours.

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Government assistance for temporary and provisional visa holders – coronavirus (COVID-19)

Live in Melbourne

A range of government assistance is available to temporary and provisional visa holders impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information please contact the agency responsible or visit the website listed.

The range of assistance available includes,

  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
  • Face masks and coverings
  • Temporary changes to the Seasonal Worker Programme, Pacific Labour Scheme and the Working Holiday Maker visa program
  • Support for job seekers
  • Support for renters
  • Support for International Students
  • Relief payments for temporary visa holders
  • Support for multicultural and multifaith families
  • Relaxation of work hours for international students working in medical and disability sectors
  • Support for public housing and people experiencing homelessness
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health workforce response
  • Hotels for Heroes
  • Support for Businesses

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Webinar for Punjabi Communities

The Golden Temple

Dr Gurprit Ganda will be presenting a 30-minute webinar in Punjabi with 15-minutes of Q & A sharing her insights on “Multicultural Mental Health – Educating & Supporting Punjabi Communities”.

The webinar is solely for community awareness during tough times of pandemic. The webinar happens on 13 August 2020.

This is a free webinar. Register online here.

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Webinar for Italian Communities

Flag of Italy

Dr Roberta Gottardo will be presenting a 30-minute webinar in Italian with 15-minutes of Q & A sharing her insights on “Multicultural Mental Health – Educating & Supporting Italian Communities”.

The webinar is solely for community awareness during tough times of pandemic. The webinar is on Friday, 7 August 2020

This is a free webinar: register online here

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Protecting Aged Care Workers

Aged Care Workers

Protecting aged care workers

  • Victorian workplaces are required to provide appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff.
  • You must not go to work if you are feeling unwell.
  • Get tested if you have even mild symptoms. You must then stay at home until you get your test result.
  • If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive, you must get tested straight away, even if you don’t have symptoms, and isolate until you get your result.
  • $300 and $1500 support payments are available to workers who cannot rely on sick leave while they await a test result or are required to self-isolate.
  • Contact WorkSafe if you are concerned about your employer’s management of risks relating to COVID-19 on 1800 136 089.

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