Residents urged to be tested, even if no symptoms

Shepparton - Get TestedResidents who have visited any high-risk locations linked to Greater Shepparton’s evolving outbreak are urged to be tested, even if they don’t have symptoms. This comes after three positive cases linked to the Chadstone outbreak were confirmed for Greater Shepparton on Tuesday.

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Hardship Payments Increased

Hardship Payments Increased

The Victorian Government is doubling an assistance payment for those experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a $50 million program to make sure people are not falling through the cracks.

The Government has commissioned the Red Cross to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to those doing it tough during the pandemic who are not eligible for Commonwealth support or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

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Three New Cases – Covid-19 – In Shepparton

Goulburn Valley HealthThree new COVID-19 cases, linked to the Chadstone cluster, have emerge in Shepparton, advises Goulburn Valley Health. Residents of Shepparton have been advised to be tested for COVID-19 and the department’s Jeroen Weimar, who is in charge of testing, said authorities expected further cases would emerge in Shepparton and contact tracing has begun.

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24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia

Jaspreet SinghA 24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia has been launched by the Harman Foundation. The foundation primarily supports women from the Indian subcontinent in Australia. The new helpline (1800 11 66 75) is free and staffed by trained case managers and professional counsellors.

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New Rules on Wearing of Masks

New Rules on Wearing of Masks

Victorians have been wearing face masks for a while now, but the rules have changed as of today to make the public as safe as possible.

Originally people were asked to use a face mask, scarf, bandana or face shield — but not anymore.

Two weeks ago the Government said only fitted face masks would be allowed. Now, after a grace period, that rule will be enforced by Victoria Police.

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Local Council Elections

VEC Voter EducationLocal council elections will be held in Victoria by post in October 2020. The Victorian Electoral Commission has mailed ballot packs to enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 October. There will be special sessions online for CALD – people of different languages to learn how to vote in Council Elections.

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Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians is part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

The program will continue to be delivered in Shepparton and surrounding locations which include: Mooroopna, Tatura, Kyabram, Echuca, Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram and Yarrawonga.

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Migrants to Australia required to learn English to a ‘functional level’ under new rules

Minister TudgeThe Federal Government is introducing an English language requirement for partner visa applicants. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge says it will not be introduced until the middle of next year. Australians with partners overseas are worried about the changes.

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Partner Visa: English language test announced

Amelia ElliotProspective migrants to Australia applying through the partner visa program will have to undergo a mandatory English language test under new measures announced in this week’s federal budget. At a multicultural media briefing on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the test would ensure prospective partner visa holders were able to independently access government and health services and seek help when needed.

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