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Find the latest updates about Coronavirus from the Australian Government Website, or through their App Coronavirus Australia, which is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

The Australian Government also has a WhatsApp feature available where you can access current information.  Connect through WhatsApp (open the link from your smart phone).

Find Australian Government announcements in your language.

Coronavirus Hotline for non medical information and advice 1800 020 080 (press option 2). This service is available 24/7.

Coronavirus Hotline for people with symptoms: 1800 022 222.

What is Coronavirus?

The Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus.

Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

Practise Good Hygiene

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

Watch this video for a refresher on good hygiene:


Watch this video on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus:

Summary of Latest Updates from the Federal and Queensland Governments

As at 30 March 2020

Social updates (Federal Government)

From the Prime Minister’s press conference on Sunday 29 March:

  1. Gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 2 people in public spaces. The only exception is families and people already living together.
  2. Public playgrounds, skate parks, boot camps are all closed as of Monday 30 March.
  3. You must stay at home, except for the following reasons:
    1. Shopping for items you need.
    2. Medical care / Compassionate needs.
    3. Work or education, if you cannot do it remotely.
  4. If you go out for those reasons, you still cannot gather with more than 1 other person from outside your own household.
  5. Advice for people 70 years and over: stay at home to the maximum extent practical, for your own safety. Please note this applies to people with chronic illness 60+, also Indigenous people 50+.

Important: What this Social update means for you:

  • Do not gather with more than one other person from outside your household
  • Only go out when you need to. If you do go out, try to limit the number of people from your household who go out, and don’t gather with more than 1 other person from outside your household.
  • Please practice physical distancing of 2m.
  • Older and more vulnerable people should avoid going out altogether.

Financial updates (Federal Government)

From the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Press Conference, Monday 30 March:

  • Government is spending an additional $130bn for the next 6 months to support people through this.
  • This stimulus will be for “job keeper” payments. 6 Million Australians are likely eligible.
  • It applies to full time, part time and casual workers who have been with their employer for more than 12 months.
  • The job keeper amount is $1,500 per employee, regardless of normal wage. That amount is 70% of the median wage, and 100% for the sectors worst hit (hospitality, retail, tourism).
  • Apply via the ATO. Payments start 1 May 2020. Payments will be backdated to 30 March 2020. Anyone let go on or after 1 March 2020 is eligible.
  • Payments apply to not-for-profits, also to New Zealanders here on 444 visas.
  • For a business to qualify, they must have lost >30% of turnover. For businesses with turnover of $1bn+, it’s >50%.
  • Total Government spending over the 3 stimulus packages announced so far = $320bn. That is 16.4% of Australian GDP.

Travel Restrictions

Travel restrictions are in place.  Find the latest information from Australian Government travel advice.  Find translated information about travel restrictions here.

Restrictions on Large Gatherings

Restrictions on gatherings both indoors and outdoors are in place.  Find out full details here.

Social distancing

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing. The Australian Government has fact sheets with more information on social distancing.

There are practical things you can do, to protect those more susceptible to the virus.

  • Practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene
  • Avoid handshaking and other physical greetings
  • Regularly clean shared high-touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
  • Increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Buy more goods and services online so you limit visits to the shop
  • Consider what travel and outings are necessary, both individual and family, and go to open places such as parks
Social distancing in the workplace

To reduce the spread of germs in the workplace:

  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled
  • Stop handshaking and other physical greetings
  • Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
  • Reconsider non-essential business travel
  • Defer large face-to-face meetings
  • Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
  • Promote good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers
  • Take lunch outside rather than in the lunch room
  • Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air
  • Limit food handling and shared food in the workplace
  • Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
Social distancing in schools

To reduce the spread of germs or viruses in schools:

  • If your child is sick, do not send them to school (or childcare)
  • Clean hands when entering school and at regular intervals
  • Defer activities that lead to mixing between classes and years
  • Avoid queuing, hand holding and assemblies
  • Promote a regular hand washing schedule
  • Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Conduct lessons outdoors where possible
  • Consider opening windows and adjusting conditioning for more fresh air
  • Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts

Where can I find out more information?

Federal and Queensland Government information

The Australian Government and Queensland Health are trusted sources of information about Coronavirus.

Find Australian Government announcements in your language.

There is a 24-hour Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 and a Coronavirus Symptom Checker provided by the Australian Government's HealthDirect.

Up-to-date travel advice is available at the Australian Government's Smart Traveller website.

Source:  Australian Government


Information for tenants

Fact sheet from Tenants Queensland


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.