Government updates

Government updates

The State Government has announced a State of Disaster from 6pm 2 August, for 6 weeks until 13 September 2020

This gives police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions

Also, introduced from 2 August, a curfew will be in place from 8pm until 5am every day for 6 weeks (until 13 September). The only reason to be outside your home during the curfew is if you are getting care, giving care or going to and from work if required to do so.

Stage 4 restrictions have also been announced.

Read more: Stage 4 restrictions and curfew in place

State and Federal Government updates

 

Update 21 September

Victorian kids will be kept busy making, baking and creating these school holidays, thanks to an array of online activities and events – accessible via the Victoria Together platform.

Today marks the first day kids and families take a break from remote and flexible learning during Term Three school holidays. But there's still plenty on offer to keep our youngest Victorians active and engaged.

Keeping young minds active and engaged these holidays

Update 18 September

The Victorian Government is making it easier for small business owners to get their security deposits back faster and making leases easier to understand, under changes to the Retail Leases Act passed in Parliament this week.

Fairer lease conditions for small and medium businesses 

Update 16 September

The Victorian Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce – set up last month – has already helped hundreds of individuals and families get the support they need, including food packages and culturally appropriate care during self-isolation.

More support for multicultural communities

Update 14 September

Victorians will experience summer in a whole new way this year, as we back businesses to reimagine the way they work – as part of a $290 million package that delivers further support to the entertainment industry, repurposes Melbourne’s CBD and gives sole traders a helping hand.

Taking to the footpaths, getting ready for outdoor dining

Update 13 September

A massive new support package will see $3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support delivered to Victorian businesses as we work together to drive coronavirus cases down and progress along our roadmap to COVID Normal.

Supporting Victorian businesses on our way to COVID normal

Thanks to the enormous efforts of Victorians in following the rules and driving down case numbers, we will take the first of our cautious and careful steps towards a COVID Normal tonight.

The numbers are falling but we need to keep it that way – ensuring we can continue to open up safely and sustainably – based on the data, the science and expert public health advice.

From 11.59pm Melbourne moves from Stage Four to the First Step of the roadmap for reopening, with modest changes including more social interaction and more time outside.

On the road towards COVID normal

Update 9 September

Victoria’s wastewater can hold clues to the presence of coronavirus in communities where there are no known cases, and our sewage surveillance program is just one of the defences we’ll be relying on, as we take our next steps towards COVID Normal.

Looking to the sewers for early coronavirus warning

Update 7 September

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available progressively throughout 2021 in Australia, if promising trials prove successful, following a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies.

Media Release Prime Minister 

Update 6 September

Currently, Melbourne is in Stage 4 restrictions. From 11:59pm on 13 September, we’ll take our First Step towards COVID Normal. Regional Victoria, currently in Stage 3 restrictions, will be able to jump to the Second Step of reopening.

Statement from the Premier re road map

Update 4 September

With a home more important than ever, the Victorian Government is ensuring greater certainty and security for residential tenants and landlords by extending the eviction moratorium until 28 March 2021.

Further certainty for Victorian tenants and landlords

Update 2 September

Ensuring we maintain the measures we need in the fight against coronavirus – and the hard-won gains of Victorians are not lost – the State of Disaster will continue in Victoria for at least a further 11 days.

Previously set to expire at 6pm today, the State of Disaster will be renewed until 11.59pm on 13 September 2020, bringing it into line with the existing State of Emergency declaration and allowing advice about any future continuation to be made once the Government’s roadmap for easing restrictions has been released.

Protecting the progress we've made in the virus fight

 

Update 31 August

The Victorian Government will release its reopening roadmap this Sunday, 6 September, providing certainty and clarity to communities and businesses alike.

Working together to re-open Victoria - safely

Update 30 August

The Victorian Government is encouraging all parents to ensure their children’s vaccinations are up to date, with health services finding new and safe ways to immunise kids as the coronavirus fight continues.

Vaccinations vital to keep our children safe

High rise public housing tenants at greatest risk from coronavirus will be offered private rental properties as part the Victorian Government’s ongoing efforts to keep them safe and supported throughout the pandemic.

A new lease on public housing

Update 29 August

The Victorian Government is connecting Victorian volunteers with Victorians who need help, with a new online platform to match volunteers to roles where their skills are best suited. 

Supporting volunteers and Victorians through the pandemic

Update 26 August

The Victorian Government is helping parents and carers manage home learning and stay resilient during the coronavirus pandemic by providing a range of free online resources.

Online wellbeing support for families

 

Update 24 August

Legislation changes will be introduced into the Victorian Parliament to ensure the public health directions protecting Victorians from coronavirus can continue to be enforced.

Keeping the tools we need to continue coronavirus fight

The Victorian Government is rolling out a team of financial counsellors and community workers in partnership with community organisations to give targeted advice and support to Victorians who need help with their energy bills.

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today launched key components of the $3.7 million support package, which will help thousands of Victorian households struggling to pay their energy bills.

New help for Victorians with their energy bills

Update 20 August

The Victorian Government will extend a ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year, increase assistance and ensure tenant turnover is taken into account in rental negotiations – giving tenants certainty and security they won’t lose their home or workplace during the pandemic.

Pause on evictions extended and extra renter protections

Update 19 August

On advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, local government elections will go ahead as scheduled for Saturday, 24 October 2020.

As Minister for Local Government, I sought advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Chief Health Officer as to how best to proceed while Victoria is in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Local Government elections to go ahead in October

Update 17 August

The Victorian Government is directing more than $20 million to keep more family violence victim survivors safe in their own homes – and keep perpetrators in full sight.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams today announced more initiatives to combat family violence and address a jump in demand for perpetrator services during the pandemic.  

Keeping Family Violence in sight during coronavirus

Update 16 August

The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for four weeks to continue measures we know are working to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

We know how challenging it is to live with Stage 4 restrictions and it’s easy to feel frustrated or get complacent – especially as the weather improves – but right now it is critical that all Victorians follow the directions to drive this virus down and keep each other safe.

State of Emergency extended to drive down virus

 Update 15 August

As we all stay home to keep each other safe, the Victorian Government has today announced a number of programs and projects to keep Victoria connected.

That includes rebooting the popular Victoria Together online platform, providing entertainment and connection for Victorians as we stay home and stay safe. The hub showcases the best of our online experiences, including health and fitness programs, music, comedy, kids’ activities and an array of other offerings.

Keeping Victoria Safe - And Together

Update 14 August

More support will be available to educators and teachers to better prepare for children moving from kindergarten to school.

Educators will be able to register for online professional development workshops and webinars, to learn how to adapt existing transition programs during coronavirus restrictions - as well as adapt Transition Statements to support the continuity of learning as they make this transition during coronavirus.

Support for Educators helping students start school

Early childhood language teachers will get the opportunity to boost their language teaching skills thanks to the Victorian Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny today officially opened the 2020 training program for language teachers – which is part of the Government’s $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, the two courses being offered to language teachers will be delivered remotely in 2020. The courses will be delivered through a combination of both live webinars and self-paced offline tasks, including online collaborative activities by the University of Melbourne.

Skills boost for early childhood language teachers

Update 13 August

The Victorian Government is boosting support for multicultural communities across the state so that all Victorians can play their part, help slow the spread of coronavirus and stay safe.

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced an additional $14.3 million to reach out to more culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians and ensure they get the support they need, when they need it.

The funding includes $6.9 million for expanded health messaging and support for multicultural organisations that work on the ground to deliver emergency relief, such as culturally specific accommodation and food for those self-isolating or in quarantine.

Working together with multicultural communities

Update 12 August

Victorian businesses doing it tough will receive more help in dealing with the stress and emotional impacts of the coronavirus pandemic through a new Victorian Government wellbeing initiative.

Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today announced details of a $26 million program addressing the mental health needs of sole traders and small and medium business owners and their workers.

As part of the program, St John Ambulance will provide accredited mental health support training to chambers of commerce across Victoria to swiftly boost mental health capabilities within local business communities.

Mental health support for business owners and workers

Update 11 August

Funds are flowing through to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, with grants of $5,000 for 24,000 eligible businesses – totaling $120 million – out the door.

The first batch of these additional payments to metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire went out yesterday, while applications for regional Victorian businesses opened on Friday.

More business support funds flowing

Update 10 August

Victorians are being reminded that coronavirus does not discriminate – and that even those who recover from the virus are left with long-term consequences, both physical and psychological.

As part of its ongoing efforts to keep the community updated and informed, the Victorian Government is sharing the real stories of real Victorians who are still battling the ongoing effects of the virus.

These stories show that not only can coronavirus permanently weaken its victims – it does not discriminate based on age, location or background.

Stories from Coronavirus survivors

Update 9 August

Victoria’s mental health system will receive nearly $60 million in an additional boost to get more Victorians support when they need it – now and after the pandemic is over and its effects are still being felt – as we continue to work together to fight this deadly virus.

Building increased system capacity – whether that’s in our hospitals or out in the community – will be vital to the wellbeing of all Victorians as the challenges of the global pandemic hit hard for some, especially those people already living with mental ill health.

The $59.7 million in new funding will strengthen the surge capacity of clinical and community mental health services across Victoria to cope with additional presentations and reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments – ensuring Victorians can get the care they need, even as demand for services spikes.

Fast-tracked mental health support for Victorians in need

All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3, and children will be supported to learn from home thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government.

Free Kinder for families through Coronavirus

Update 7 August

For Victorian students in their final years of school, as well as their parents, carers, families and teachers – this has been a year like no other.

That’s why the Victorian Government is today announcing more support for VCE students and further mental health resources for young people struggling with this pandemic. 

Every Victorian student will be individually assessed, and any adverse impacts of coronavirus will be reflected in ATAR rankings as part of a wide-ranging process to ensure fair and accurate results in this unprecedented year of school – taking a huge mental load off students and their families as we head towards exams.

Supporting students through the pandemic

Update 6 August

On-site business activity across Melbourne is now limited to permitted industries as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce movement across our city and slow the spread of coronavirus, after the Chief Health Officer’s directions came into effect at 11:59pm last night.

The Stage 4 restrictions on businesses will see hundreds of thousands of workers staying home rather than moving around the community with all employees who cannot work from home now required to obtain a permit to confirm that they are working in a permitted industry.

Access to childcare and kinder is also restricted to permitted workers – whether working on-site or from home – where there is no one else able to supervise their children, and to vulnerable kids.

Business Activity Directions come into effect

Update 5 August

People working in permitted industries will maintain access to kinder and childcare for their kids under Stage 4 restrictions beginning at 11:59pm tonight, regardless of whether they are working onsite or from home.

If you or someone else in your household can look after your kids at home, you must continue to do that, but we recognise that for many frontline workers and others playing important roles in our pandemic response, it’s just not possible. And while keeping movement down across our community is vital to slowing the spread of coronavirus, we also need permitted workers to be able to keep doing these vital roles.

Childcare and Kinder access for permitted workers

Update 4 August

More Victoria Police and Australian Defence Force personnel will be out in force ensuring Victorians are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer (CHO), as the next stage of restrictions is supported by stronger enforcement and increased penalties for those who repeatedly breach the directions.

From today, a new infringement offence for a breach of the CHO directions will be introduced to target those people who are failing to self-isolate after testing positive to coronavirus or being identified as a close contact. 

Stay Home: new crackdown on isolation breaches

The Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour, has been appointed as an advisor to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.

Federal Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, and Victoria’s Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan MP, today announced that Mr Mansour would work alongside other advocacy groups, including Elder Rights Advocacy, the Victorian member of the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) to ensure families were kept informed about the welfare and care needs of their loved ones. 

Caring for families vital in Victorian Aged Care response

Update 3 August

Yesterday, we asked Victorians to make some big sacrifices. Big, real and meaningful sacrifices. Today, sadly, we need to ask the same of Victorian businesses and Victorian workers.

As Premier, I’ve spent every day fighting for workers and fighting for jobs.

I understand deeply: a job means financial security – but it also means stability, purpose and the foundation to build your future.

Statement from the Premier

The Victorian Government is continuing to help Aboriginal communities deal with the coronavirus pandemic, with funding now available to develop local responses.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gabrielle Williams today called for expressions of interest in the $10 million Aboriginal Community Response and Recovery Fund.

Funds will be provided to give local organisations the support they need to develop responses at a local level over the coming year.

Supporting Aboriginal communities through Coronavirus

The Victorian Government is backing cutting-edge medical research projects to better understand, prevent and treat coronavirus.

Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced the seven beneficiaries of the Government’s $5.5 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which will support continued jobs growth in a sector that already employs tens of thousands of Victorians.

Research boost to better understand and treat Coronavirus

Update 2 August

I know how much Victorians want to go back to some semblance of normal – or at least “COVID normal”.

They want to be able to get a beer with their mates. To drop round and see mum. And they definitely want an end to these daily updates and their grim new milestones.

Our health experts tell us the measures we’ve introduced are working. But too slowly.

The current rate of community transmission – mystery cases that cannot be traced back to work or home – is far too high.

It’s why from 6pm tonight, Victoria will enter a State of Disaster.  We used this same provision over summer, and as we step-up our fight against this public health bushfire, we need to use it again.

Statement on changes to Melbourne's restrictions

Update 30 July

Today is not a good day.

And as the numbers show, this virus does not discriminate.

It rips through workplaces, sweeps through aged care settings, cuts through communities – and tragically, takes lives with it as it goes.

Most of today’s cases are in metro areas. But we have seen a significant jump in regional communities. It’s vital we stop this virus further seeping into regional Victoria.

Last week, and based on the latest in scientific study, we announced that face coverings would be mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Today, and in line with the advice of the Chief Health Officer, I can announce that same requirement will apply across regional Victoria.

That means from Sunday 2 August at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home – and wherever you live.

Statement from the Premier

Communities in Melbourne will benefit from improved suburban activity centres and shopping strips through works backed by the Victorian Government that will create jobs and boost local businesses.

Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane today announced a $6 million investment to support local communities in Metropolitan Partnership regions, covering more than 30 council areas.

This includes $3 million for the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund to provide grants of up to $100,000 to stimulate business activity, support local economies and improve public amenity and accessibility during the coronavirus pandemic.

Supporting Melbourne communities, shopping strips and jobs

Update 29 July

Every positive coronavirus case can expect a knock on the door from the public health team working alongside the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as Victorians continue work together to fight coronavirus.

The ADF has been supporting the DHHS Case and Contact Management program by doorknocking with authorised officers (AOs) from the department, following up positive cases who cannot be contacted by phone or who are refusing to cooperate.

Going door to door to fight this deadly virus

Update 28 July

The Victorian Government will support hundreds of local sporting leagues and associations across Victoria to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence today announced 200 local leagues and associations across the state will  share in $1.4 million in grants through the Community Sport Sector Short-term COVID-19 Survival Package.

Helping local sporting competitions get through the pandemic

Victorians living in embedded networks, such as apartment buildings, caravan parks and retirement villages, will now save hundreds of dollars on their energy bills thanks to reforms introduced by the Victorian Government.

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced that from 1 September 2020, the maximum price which embedded network customers can be charged for their electricity will be set to the Victorian Default Offer – which the Government set as a fair price across the state.

Cheaper energy for embedded network customers

The stories emerging from some of Victoria’s private aged care facilities in recent days have been deeply concerning and the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government are working closely together to protect residents.

With more than 80 outbreaks and 764 active cases across private residential aged care facilities, some private providers are struggling to maintain staffing levels and basic standards of care.

Working together to protect our aged care residents

Hundreds of Victorian creatives hit hard by the ongoing impacts of coronavirus have received a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced almost $2.3 million in Sustaining Creative Workers grants to directly support 373 independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state.

More support to keep Victorian creatives working

At the start of this pandemic, we acted swiftly to support over 2000 Victorians off the streets and into accommodation in vacant hotels – because you can’t “stay home” if you don’t have one and you can’t “stay safe” if you have nowhere to wash your hands.

Now, the Victorian Government will help these same Victorians out of homelessness and into their very own homes with the new $150 million From Homelessness to a Home package.

This funding will also see the Government extend current hotel accommodation until at least April next year while these 2,000 Victorians are supported to access stable, long term housing.

Homes for homeless Victorians during pandemic and beyond

Update 24 July

The Victorian Government has sought assistance from the ADF of more than 1400 members to support our state-led operations in both enforcing the border around Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and other critical tasks in the response to the global pandemic.

As part of the ADF’s support for the DHHS Case and Contact Management program, they will be supporting authorised officers (AOs) from the department to follow up positive cases who cannot be contacted by phone or who are refusing to cooperate.

Under new arrangements implemented this week, if a person cannot be contacted after two calls within a two hour window or if they refuse to participate in a contact tracing interview, ADF personnel accompanied by an authorised officer will visit the address on the same day.

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

Update 23 July

The Victorian Government will extend the coronavirus worker support payment to make sure Victorians don’t have to choose between the safety of their workmates and their community – and putting food on the table.

We know that people are most infectious when they first experience symptoms but Department of Health and Human Services data shows that as many as nine out of ten people who later test positive are not self-isolating between the onset of symptoms and getting a test. In addition, 53 per cent of positive cases did not isolate between being tested and receiving their results.

Supporting Victorian workers to get tested and stay home

 

New modelling shows the significant impact the coronavirus pandemic and the global recession has had on Victoria’s economy and the state’s bottom line.

The Victorian Government has now invested more than $9 billion towards protecting Victorians from the deadly health risks and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The modelling released today by the Department of Treasury and Finance shows that, even with these unprecedented efforts to cushion the economic blow to our state, Victoria will not be immune from the damage the pandemic has wrought on states and territories across Australia, and countries across the world.

Victoria not immune from the global Coronavirus downturn

Update 21 July

The Victorian Government will create more than 3,000 jobs in critical community-support organisations through its landmark Working for Victoria scheme – getting people left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic back to work.

Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford today confirmed that the majority of the latest jobs backed by the Working for Victoria initiative would be focused on community service organisations and young people.

Jobs boost for local communities and young people

 

Update 20 July

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be one of the first priority areas to receive reusable face masks in coming weeks as remote learning returns.

The Victorian Government has placed orders for 1.37 million reusable fabric masks from five Victorian manufacturers. These orders will be delivered across July and August. The manufacturers are companies Nobody Denim, StylePrint, NMBQ, The Ark and The Mask Project – supporting local jobs while keeping Victorians safe. Further orders will be placed as needed.

Face coverings and masks for metro schools

Update 19 July

The Australian and Victorian Governments, in collaboration with representatives from the aged care sector, are today announcing additional measures to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and can continue providing quality care.

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Victorian Minister for Disability, Aging and Carers Luke Donnellan, recognise the aged care workforce has been doing an outstanding job in very difficult circumstances.

Support for aged care residents and aged care workers across Victoria

 

People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.

Based on the latest advice from the Chief Health Officer, we’re urging Victorians: just as you remember to take your keys when you leave the house, you need to remember to take something to cover your face – to help keep you and our community safe.

To give people time to purchase or make a face covering, this new rule won’t be enforced until after 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July – but for those who can, please start wearing yours immediately. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.

Face coverings mandatory for Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Update 17 July

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic through a new grants program to support local initiatives.

Minister for Suburban Development Shaun Leane and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the opening of applications for the Let’s Stay Connected Fund, with grants available for community organisations, local government bodies, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups.

Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000 are available to support innovative, community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and that can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state.

New support for Victorian communities to stay connected

Update 13 July

Young people struggling with their mental health during and after the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access targeted, personalised therapy with an innovative new program funded by the Victorian Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today to launch Orygen’s new digital mental health platform for young people called MOST – Moderated Online Social Therapy – an online tool which allows young people to access tailored online therapy and peer support, when and where they need it.

Supporting the mental health of young Victorians

Update 12 July

Most students in Victorian schools in areas under Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions will return to flexible and remote learning for the start of Term 3, limiting the number of people moving across our state to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

 Return to remote and flexible learning

Update 10 July

Victorians living in metro Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are now recommended to wear face masks in situations where they are leaving their home and physical distancing is not possible – to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Face masks to help fight Coronavirus in Victoria

The Victorian Government will provide more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government has announced a $534 million Business Support Package – the latest support measures on top of the $6 billion in economic relief already invested since the pandemic began.

More survival support for Victorian businesses

Victorians experiencing loneliness or social disconnection due to coronavirus will receive support from the Australian Red Cross and local community organisations with one call to the coronavirus hotline, thanks to a new  Victorian Government initiative.

Keeping local communities connected during Coronavirus

Update 9 July

Daily temperature checks will be introduced in schools across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as part of the Victorian Government’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Following the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has today announced that students at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will receive a temperature check every morning, with thermometers also provided to all non-government schools.

Temperature checks to be introduced in Term 3

Update 30 June 2020

Very clearly, we are not where we wanted to be. And as today’s case numbers show, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus.

As a result of genomic testing, the Chief Health Officer has today advised the Government that a number of our cases through late May and early June can be linked to an infection control breach in the hotel quarantine program.

Statement from the Premier

Update 29 June 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is making it easier for people and goods to get around Melbourne with better technology, more specialist staff and stronger enforcement of clearways in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll today unveiled a $340 million package of measures to make it easier for people and freight to get around on our roads.

Keeping Victorians moving during Coronavirus

Update 25 June 2020

I know many Victorians are feeling anxious and unsure.

After all, so many of us have given up so much in order to keep our state safe.

And yet – disappointingly, devastatingly – we again find ourselves on a knife’s edge. What we do now will determine what comes next.

Statement from the Premier

Update 22 June 2020

Victorian parents and carers now have access to additional evidence-based practical advice and ideas to help their children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

Parents of two-year-old and three-year-old children can sign up to Play Learn Grow, a free and new evidence-based program developed in collaboration with parenting experts.

Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Victorian Government is investing up to $400,000 to extend a successful trial, which ran from January this year, to make Play Learn Grow available for more Victorian families.

More support for Victorian parents

Update 21 June 2020

The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another four weeks to continue the measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Victorians safe.

The State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59pm on 19 July 2020, which allows the Victorian Government to continue to enforce physical distancing and isolation requirements, as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer.

State of Emergency extended to stop slowing the spread

Update 20 June 2020

From the outset, we have always listened to our medical experts. And they’re telling us we’ve come to a critical crossroads.

Today, our case numbers have hit the highest they’ve been in more than two months. I know that’s not what people want to hear – but sadly, that is our reality.

The experts tell us that, largely, the numbers are being driven by families – families having big get-togethers and not following the advice around distancing and hygiene. In fact, around half of our cases since the end of April have come from transmission inside someone’s home.

Statement from the Premier

Update 11 June 2020

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we've resumed regular operating hours at the Monash Civic Centre (293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley) and the Oakleigh Service Centre (1A Atherton Road) with both centres now open from 8.30am until 5pm.

A concierge service and social distancing requirements are still in place and we do ask that for your safety and the safety of our staff, you observe the social distancing measures and remain behind the lines marked. You can also access our services by calling 9518 3555 if you prefer.

Where possible, we encourage our community to use our online services to conduct activities with Council.

Service centres: contact details

Update 8 April 2020

The information around the Coronavirus /COVID-19 is rapidly changing. Council is continuing to monitor State and Federal Government updates about restrictions and support packages.

We wanted to provide you with a further update regarding our services at this time following on from the Stage 3 restrictions that have now been put in place by the Federal and State governments.

The Department of Health and Human Services has released some Frequently Asked Questions about the Stage 3 restrictions that you may find useful:

Stay-at-home and Restricted Activities Directions

We are following State and Federal Government advice closely and responding as each new recommendation and measure is announced.

Council is also working hard on contingencies to ensure important services such as waste collection, meals on wheels, personal care for the elderly and childhood immunisation programs continue.

Following the directive from the Federal Government regarding the self-isolation of people 70 years and over, our Meals on Wheels delivery will now be serviced by Council staff rather than volunteers.

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%.

We are sending a letter to all ratepayers to advise of these changes and currently updating our forms and relevant information.

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.

Delegations of Authority (pdf, 518KB)

Other updates

Sports pavilion access update

All sports pavilions in Monash are closed.

This means pavilions can’t be used for meetings, gatherings or any other use during this closure and clubs have been asked to return keys and access cards to a secure Council dropbox.

Changes to Youth Services

All Monash Youth Services (MYAS) are closed however staff remain available to support the young people of Monash.

For More information: Changes to Youth Services

Waste Transfer Station operating hours and kerbside bin collection

The Transfer Station is now open from 7.30am to 3pm, 7 days.

Staff continue to operate the centre but the office is now closed to the public to slow the spread of the Coronavirus/ COVID-19.

We would like to remind our customers to observe social distancing guidelines when around staff and other customers. Where possible, we strongly encourage the use of contactless card transactions. These measures are to limit the chance of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection.

There are also some changes to our kerbside collection (waste, recycling and green waste bins) service. In order for our contractor Solo Resource Recovery to maintain adequate social distancing for employees, they have commenced staggered operating times. This means the collection period will take place over a longer period of the day, with some bins being collected earlier or later than usual.

To accommodate these changes, please place your bins out the night before your collection and make sure the bin is not overfilled and the lid is closed. Please place your bin where it can be accessed without having to be moved by our contractor. Your driveway is a good place if access is impacted by parked cars. If your bin is not collected, please call us and we will return to pick it up.

For more information, phone our Customer Service Team on 9518 3555.

Closures

Our aquatic and leisure centres, library branches and the Monash Gallery of Art are closed to the public until further notice.

Playspaces, outdoor fitness stations, bouldering walls, drinking fountains, and table tennis tables are all closed.

Libraries:

Our libraries have introduced some fantastic online services, including a library storytime video. 

Visit our library website to find out more about our online services.

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Staff

In line with Federal and State Government requirements, many 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 are also mindful that our staff may be required to care for themselves and family members during this crisis.

We ask for your patience during this challenging time as there is a possibility that our response times for some non-critical services may be impacted.

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, recent Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions means the there is no attendance by members of the public at these meeting. Instead please  watch via our livestreaming service at webcast.monash.vic.gov.au

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 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 the coronavirus COVID-19, use this self-assessment tool and follow its advice.

Whilst it is not mandatory to wear a mask, the Chief Health Officer has advised that in public areas where you cannot be assured of maintaining a 1.5 metre distance between you and other people, it is recommended a mask is worn.

You can find information and useful advice on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website including a self-assessment tool

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Translated information on the Coronavirus

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

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Last updated: 21 September 2020