20 May 2020
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.
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:
The ATO has also developed easier to read information in English to help people with their tax:
The following videos are also available:
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.
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.
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.
Stay up to date with the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Australian Government agencies.
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:
Stay safe and well!