Government updates

Government updates

The State Government has announced that the State of Emergency will be extended until 6 December 2020 to allow the Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force. The State of Disaster will not be renewed.



State and Federal Government updates

Update 8 November

Melbourne will move into the next phase of the third and last step roadmap to reopening at 11.59pm on 8 November 2020. The boundary between Melbourne and regional Victoria will come down and the 25-kilometre limit will no longer be in place. From 11.59pm on 22 November 2020 – and in line with the public health advice – Victoria is on track to reach the last step in the roadmap towards reopening.

Statement from the Premier

Third Step Roadmap (pdf, 364KB)

Update 26 October

Melbourne will move out of lockdown and into the third step of the roadmap to recovery at 11.59pm on 27 October. Cafes, restaurants and retail can reopen and the four reasons to leave home have been lifted.

Statement from the Premier

Third Step Roadmap (pdf, 114KB)

Update 21 October

The Victorian Government is ensuring Melbourne’s hospitality sector can make a smooth transition to outdoor dining by streamlining planning approvals. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced that existing pubs, restaurants, cafes and other food and drink venues can use existing outdoor spaces, as well as nearby parks and public land to accommodate and serve patrons without the need for a planning permit.

Planning exemptions smooth the way for outdoor dining

Update 18 October

From 11:59pm tonight, the five-kilometre limit for exercise and shopping will be extended to 25 kilometres. The two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising will also fall away.

Outdoor sports settings like tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks will be able to reopen.

Statement from the Premier

Update 12 October

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced more than $800,000 to support 148 community organisations across Victoria to deliver multicultural festivals and events in a digital format.

Victoria's multicultural events go digital

Update 11 October

From 11:59pm tonight, those identified as close contacts by the Department of Health and Human Services must get tested on day 11 or thereafter of their quarantine period, or they will have their quarantine extended. 

To ensure current directions can remain in place to protect Victorians, the state of emergency and the state of disaster will also be extended from 11:59pm on 11 October 2020 until 11:59pm on 8 November.

Extra testing requirements as we move to COVID normal

Updates September

Keeping young minds active and engaged these holidays

Fairer lease conditions for small and medium businesses 

More support for multicultural communities

Taking to the footpaths, getting ready for outdoor dining

Supporting Victorian businesses on our way to COVID normal

On the road towards COVID normal

Looking to the sewers for early coronavirus warning

Media Release Prime Minister 

Statement from the Premier re road map

Further certainty for Victorian tenants and landlords

Protecting the progress we've made in the virus fight

Updates August

Working together to re-open Victoria - safely

Vaccinations vital to keep our children safe

A new lease on public housing

Supporting volunteers and Victorians through the pandemic

Online wellbeing support for families

Keeping the tools we need to continue coronavirus fight

New help for Victorians with their energy bills

Pause on evictions extended and extra renter protections

Local Government elections to go ahead in October

Keeping Family Violence in sight during coronavirus

State of Emergency extended to drive down virus

Keeping Victoria Safe - And Together

Support for Educators helping students start school

Skills boost for early childhood language teachers

Working together with multicultural communities

Mental health support for business owners and workers

More business support funds flowing

Stories from Coronavirus survivors

Fast-tracked mental health support for Victorians in need

Free Kinder for families through Coronavirus

Supporting students through the pandemic

Business Activity Directions come into effect

Childcare and Kinder access for permitted workers

Stay Home: new crackdown on isolation breaches

Caring for families vital in Victorian Aged Care response

Statement from the Premier

Supporting Aboriginal communities through Coronavirus

Research boost to better understand and treat Coronavirus

Statement on changes to Melbourne's restrictions

Updates July

Statement from the Premier

Supporting Melbourne communities, shopping strips and jobs

Going door to door to fight this deadly virus

Helping local sporting competitions get through the pandemic

Cheaper energy for embedded network customers

Working together to protect our aged care residents

More support to keep Victorian creatives working

Homes for homeless Victorians during pandemic and beyond

Same-day doorknock for cases who don't answer calls

Supporting Victorian workers to get tested and stay home

Victoria not immune from the global Coronavirus downturn

Jobs boost for local communities and young people

Face coverings and masks for metro schools

Support for aged care residents and aged care workers across Victoria

Face coverings mandatory for Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

New support for Victorian communities to stay connected

Supporting the mental health of young Victorians

 Return to remote and flexible learning

Face masks to help fight Coronavirus in Victoria

More survival support for Victorian businesses

Keeping local communities connected during Coronavirus

Temperature checks to be introduced in Term 3

Statement from the Premier

Updates June 

Keeping Victorians moving during Coronavirus

Statement from the Premier

More support for Victorian parents

State of Emergency extended to stop slowing the spread

Statement from the Premier

Service centres: contact details


Principles and hardship policy changes

At a Special Meeting of Council on 27 March, Council unanimously passed a set of principles to support our community, businesses and organisation during these challenging times.

These principles include changes to our hardship policy to allow all ratepayers (including homeowners, investment property owners, businesses and commercial operators) access to the hardship policy. We also reduced the interest rate to 0%.

Principles to guide Council during Coronavirus (pdf, 140KB)

Delegation of Authority

At the Special Meeting of Council on 27 March, given the Coronavirus pandemic,  Council resolved to revoke the existing delegations to the Chief Executive Officer and to provide new delegations so that, in the circumstance that Council is unable to form a quorum (a  sufficient number of Councillors to make decisions), the Chief Executive Officer can act. 

Council has delegated to the Chief Executive Officer all of its powers, functions and duties that it is legally able to delegate pursuant to the Local Government Act 1989.


In line with State Government requirements, the majority of our staff are now working from home. Our critical priority is the welfare of our community and staff and providing our essential and critical services.

We ask for your patience and understanding during these challenging circumstances. Our teams are working hard to minimise any disruption to our services and to you. Please be patient and respectful towards our staff and each other through this challenging time.

Council meetings

Our Council meetings are continuing. Whilst our Council meetings will continue to be public meetings,  restrictions means there is no attendance by members of the public at these meeting. Instead please watch via our livestreaming service at

Public questions can be sent to Council by 2pm on the day of the meeting. The Mayor will act as the representative in reading out questions and providing a response over the livestream. A written response will also be provided.

More information regarding questions and meetings: Council Meetings

Council updates

We will continue to provide frequent updates about the coronavirus and our response to it. We encourage our community to check our website, follow our Facebook page and subscribe to Monash eNews to keep in touch with us.

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Looking after yourself

The most important thing to do is practice good health and hygiene, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap after going to the bathroom. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing. Avoid shaking hands.

Ensure there is 1.5 metres between you and the nearest person. If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, get tested.

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Translated information on the Coronavirus

If you suspect you may be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested. You can call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Keep 000 calls for emergencies only.

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Last updated: 08 November 2020