These are challenging times for many in the community.
Free legal advice re COVID lockdown - public housing towers
The Victorian State Government has instituted a 'hard lockdown' at several inner-city public housing towers. Victoria Police will be responsible for enforcing the lockdown, with police officers on patrol in the public housing towers. The sudden and significant presence of police may cause distress and lead to some challenging interactions with members of Victoria Police. FREE legal service is available to anyone with concerns about particular interactions with members of Victoria Police or other Government agencies enforcing the lockdown:
Fitzroy Legal Service
Direct contact for COVID related fines/lockdown matters:
T: 0434 136 501
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday
With the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continuing to rise, many postcodes across Melbourne are now in lockdown. And, as of 11.59pm tonight (4 July 2020), postcodes 3031 and 3051 will also be in lockdown.
In addition, housing estates in Flemington and North Melbourne will be closed and contained and residents will be required to stay in their homes. For more information go to:
Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July.
In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that a number of postcodes will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020.
This decision was made in response to increasing evidence of significant community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these postcodes:
· 3012 (Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray)
· 3021 (Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans)
· 3032 (Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore)
· 3038 (Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens)
· 3042 (Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North)
· 3046 (Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park)
· 3047 (Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana)
· 3055 (Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West)
· 3060 (Fawkner)
· 3064 (Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo)
If you live in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out:
· Shopping for food and supplies
· Care and caregiving
· Study or work – if you can’t do it from home.
Wherever you can, you should do these things as close to home as you can.
If you do need to leave your postcode, those same restrictions – those same four reasons – travel with you.
If you live outside these locations, there’s only four reasons to come into these communities: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.
Eligible local businesses will be able access an initial $5000 in support from the government.
Based on the most up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer, students will return to school after the school holidays.
For more information visit www.dhhs.vic.gov/coronavirus
Information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information about symptoms, travel and what to do to reduce the risk of infection and where to get tested can be found on the website of the Victorian Deparment of Health and and Housing Services
Emergency support for International Students in Victoria
Mauritian passport holders
Mauritians visiting or studying in Australia might like to visit the website of the Mauritius High Commission at Mauritius High Commission in Canberra
COVID Connect is a free service from the Australian Red Cross to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.
Please visit Australian Red Cross
Do you need health insurance?
If you’re not eligible for Medicare in Australia or do not have health or travel insurance, CHOICE has information that might be of assistance to you.
Business Support Fund links
The Business Support Fund Application form is at business.vic.gov.au
Financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time.
Please visit Services Australia Jobseeker Payment
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Mental Health and COVID-19
If you find self-isolation stressful and is impacting your mental health go to Head to Health Support
These websites may also be of interest to internatinal students: