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Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs – Community Engagement

20 May 2020

Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs – Community Engagement

Dear Community Representatives, thank you again for your engagement and efforts to support your communities through this time.

We know that there is a lot of information available about COVID-19 and its impacts on the Australian community.

We endeavour to keep you updated and hope that the information in this newsletter is useful for you to pass on to your communities.

ATO Resources

Tax time is fast approaching and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has developed resources to help people with their tax returns. We have attached a zip file including:

  • guide, Help for your first tax time
  • checklist, How to be ready for tax time
  • newsletter articles, How to get ready to do your tax return and Important information for your tax return 2019-20

The ATO has also developed easier to read information in English to help people with their tax:

  • Get ready to do your tax
  • How to do your tax
  • Is it a scam?

The following videos are also available:

  • How to create a myGov account and link to the ATO (available in Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese).
  • Protect your personal information (available in Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese).

NAIDOC Week Postponed

Following advice from the Federal Government, health experts, partners and from leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, the National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities.

State and Territory Border Closures

Some states and territories in Australia have closed their borders to non-essential travel due to COVID-19. Ten postcodes linked to Melbourne outbreaks are under a local lockdown. For now, that includes the following: 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021and 3046. These “hot zones” returned to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions and this will be in effect until at least 29 July 2020. For people who live in these locations, there will only be four reasons to be out, shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work (if they cannot do so from home). The businesses and facilities in these areas will again be restricted and Cafes and restaurants will again only be open for take-away and delivery.

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Events (COVID-19 Pandemic event)

The Australian Government has introduced the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa for workers in the  agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and childcare sectors.

This visa:

  • ensures visa holders retain their lawful status, so that they are less vulnerable and can adhere to health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community;
  • provides a visa pathway for temporary visa holders in Australia who can assist in critical sectors to remain in Australia and work, where it is in the public interest to do so;
  • provides a visa pathway for temporary visa holders who are unable to depart Australia and have no other options to extend their stay.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Stay up to date with the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Australian Government agencies.

COVID-19 and the Border

NSW Updates

ACT Updates

Ensuring we remain connected with your communities continues to be a high priority for the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Government. Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. Please continue to pass your concerns and questions to us.

In particular, we are very interested in your views and feedback on the following:

  • Any community concerns
  • Racism or discrimination
  • Reception to government messaging
  • Community misconceptions
  • Issues related to travel restrictions and associated processes
  • Instances of misinformation or scams targeting your community
  • Any new economic impacts on the community
  • Any other emerging community issues.

Stay safe and well!

Department of Home Affairs, Community Engagement NSW/ACT
Regional Director: Sneha Chatterjee

NSW Community Engagement team – [email protected]

ACT Community Engagement team –  [email protected]