What is the Queensland Government's plan to support vulnerable people?

The Queensland Chief Health Officer and the Director General - Health are working with lead agencies for response and recovery, including Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, which chairs the Human and Social Recovery Committee.

More information on the outcomes from the Committee Meetings will be provided as they come to hand.

Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women is working with peak bodies and service providers on the best ways to provide essential services as safely as possible. This may mean changes to how services are delivered.

The health and wellbeing of staff, children, young people, women, and families remains the top priority.

To support funded service providers and foster and kinship carers the department has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19.

Information for service providers includes:

  • Is my organisation expected to continue service delivery?
  • What services does the department consider essential?
  • Should we still make home visits and cold calls?
  • What happens if we don't have enough qualified staff to keep our service running?
  • If we have to shut down or significantly limit service delivery due to a confirmed case of COVID-19, will our departmental funding be affected?
  • Can my organisation access advanced payments in an emergency?

If your organisation has any further questions or issues due to the impacts of COVID-19 contact your contract manager promptly.

Find out more here

Schooling update

Last updated: 18 April 2020

The Queensland Government has advised that schools and community kindergartens will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April, until at least 22 May 2020.

During this period, all students who are able to be supervised at home and learn from home are to stay home, except for vulnerable students and children of essential workers.
What does this mean if I work in the Community Services Sector? 
Step 1 – if your employer hasn’t already confirmed that you are providing an essential service, you should check that they require you to perform your role, and the way it is to be performed. 
Step 2 – assuming your employer has advised you that the service you provide is essential - if you have children who normally attend school, apply the following guidelines to determine whether they can attend school from 20 April:
Community Services can continue to be provided.  
Community Service workers are essential workers. 
Children need their education.  
If you have to work away from home you can make arrangements for their care and home based learning.  
If these arrangements are not available, your children can attend school. 
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