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Queensland Government COVID-19 updates

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Read the latest Queensland Government COVID-19 updates.

Read more information about the Queensland Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions.

For information about the implications for community services visit our page on easing restrictions on Community Door.

Find out about the latest Queensland border restrictions and apply for a Queensland border declaration here.

The latest information is available in a range of languages here.

Those who struggle to social distance throughout their day, should consider wearing a face mask. For more information about wearing face masks visit the Queensland Health website.

27 April 2021

Queensland eases restrictions as WA ends hard lockdown

Queensland has revised its restrictions for people returning from Western Australia, with plans to release some quarantined guests early. WA announced it will ease restrictions at midnight (AWST) tonight after reporting no new cases linked to a quarantine hotel guest in Perth.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young welcomed the news, saying it meant Queensland could begin moving people out of hotel quarantine. Starting at midday on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, anyone who has been quarantined because of travel to WA can leave if they:

  • have returned at least one negative COVID-19 test
  • have not attended any of the venues listed as being linked to the three WA cases
  • provide contact details for the further 14 days since they initially entered quarantine, and
  • agree to immediately test and isolate if they develop any symptoms in the further 14 days since they entered quarantine.

People who have been in the Perth or Peel regions on or since 17 April are not allowed to attend aged care or disability residential facilities, hospitals or prisons unless they obtained an exemption for an end-of-life visit or it had been 14 days since they left WA.

“WA has done an excellent job of containing their cases to just three,” Dr Young said.

“Once they went into lockdown, Queensland, like other states, acted swiftly with an abundance of caution to limit any risk of transmission here. We know prevention measures can be inconvenient, but they are necessary to protect Queenslanders.”

Queensland recorded two new COVID-19 cases today, both detected in hotel quarantine. The state has recorded a total of 1,532 cases.

20 April 2021

The Queensland Government has eased COVID-19 restrictions in place for all of Queensland. This commenced from 6:00am on 15 April 2021.

Wearing a mask

You do not need to wear a mask indoors except at airports and on planes. Although wearing a mask not required, you are encouraged to wear it where physical distancing is not possible.

Gatherings and Homes visits

  • You can have 100 people in your home (including yourself and your family members).
  • There is no limit on the number of people gathering in a public outdoor space.

Places of Worship

  • You can attend places of worship. This can be a church, temple, mosque, community hall or other venue.
  • Places of worship can have one person per 2 square metres.
  • You can stand, eat, drink, sing and dance.
  • If your place of worship has an indoor play area, you can open it with a COVID Safe Checklist.

Funerals and Weddings

  • For indoor weddings and funerals, you can choose any of these options:
  • Up to 200 people OR
  • One person per 2 square metres OR
  • 100% allocated seating.

All guests can dance (indoors and outdoors) at a wedding with one person per 2 square metres.

Restaurants, cafes and bars

  • You are allowed to sit down or stand to eat and drink when indoors at restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. You should have one person per 2 square metres.
  • All hospitality industry businesses (i.e. pubs, clubs, restaurants, and cafés) in Queensland must continue to comply with electronic contact information collection requirements.
  • Indoor play areas and unattended places (such as children’s rides) can open with a COVID Safe Checklist.

Businesses, venues and events

  • Outdoor dance and music festivals with more than 500 people need a COVID Safe Event Checklist or a COVID Safe Event Plan.
  • Other types of outdoor events do not need a COVID Safe Event Checklist or Event Plan.

Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities, Disability Services Accommodation and Correctional Facilities

  • You can visit aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services and prisons.

Travel in Queensland or Interstate

You can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Queensland. You can also travel interstate, but you need to follow the rules of that state or territory. Check the rules of the state or territory before you visit.  You should also check updates to borders and hotspots before you travel.

How can you help?

It is important to:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested.
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer.
  • Leave the location if it is crowded.

COVID-19 testing

Please use this website to find the testing site nearest to you.

NEED MORE INFORMATION OR DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS DOCUMENT?
Call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and ask for an interpreter. It is free. You can find translated COVID-19 information here. You can also find more detail at: www.health.qld.gov.au.

COVID-19 support
If you feel worried, scared or sad about COVID-19 you can phone Multicultural Connect on 1300 079 020. This is a Queensland-wide service for people from multicultural backgrounds whose lives have been affected by COVID-19. Ask for an interpreter if you need language support.

15 April 2021

From 6:00am Thursday, 15 April, several restrictions have been relaxed, meaning masks will only be mandatory in certain settings and families can visit ill or elderly relatives in hospital or nursing homes as normal.

These conditions are changing:

  • Face masks will only be mandatory in airports and on planes. Masks will no longer be required in indoor spaces such as shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets or public transport or outdoors when you can’t physically distance, however masks will still be required in high risk settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities.
  • Hospital patients, aged care and disability accommodation residents and prison inmates can resume receiving visitors as normal. There will still be circumstances under which people cannot visit high-risk facilities across Queensland. More information is available on Queensland Health’s website.
  • Gatherings in private residences (homes and accommodation) will increase from 30 to 100.
  • There will be no restrictions on the number of people that can gather in public spaces.
  • Retail food services, entertainment venues and high-risk businesses can open for standing when eating and drinking, both inside and outside.
  • All restrictions previously in place for outdoor based businesses, activities and undertakings will be removed, except for dance and music festivals which still need to meet some requirements.
  • Dancing is allowed under the one person per 2 square metre rule and physical distancing observed both indoors and outdoors.

Get the latest information by accessing the Queensland Government COVID-19 portal.

12 April 2021

On Friday, 9 April the Prime Minister declared four recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) that come into effect immediately:

  1. At the current time, use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is preferred over AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in adults under 50 years of age who have not already received a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine. This is based on the increased risk of complications from COVID-19 with increasing age (and thus increased benefit of vaccination), and the potentially lower, but not zero, risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome with increasing age.
  2. Immunisation providers should only give a first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults under 50 years of age where the benefit clearly outweighs the risk for that individual’s circumstances.
  3. People who have had their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine without any serious adverse effects can be given their second dose. This includes adults under 50 years of age. People who have had blood clots associated with low platelet levels after their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should not be given their second dose.
  4. The Federal Department of Health will further develop and refine resources for informed consent that clearly convey the benefits and risks of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for both immunisation providers and consumers of all ages.

Links to the statements from ATAGI and Department of Health are available below:

1 April 2021

The Greater Brisbane lock down will be lifted from 12:00pm AEST today.

Queensland recorded 10 new cases in the past 24 hours, following 34,711 tests yesterday. Nine of the new cases are in hotel quarantine, with one case linked to a known cluster.

For the next two weeks, restrictions will remain in place for prisons, aged care facilities, disability care facilities and hospitals , which will only allow visitors for end-of-life visits.

All Queenslanders will need to wear a mask when leaving their home for the next fortnight. Masks must be worn in indoor spaces such as shopping centres and supermarkets, indoor workplaces, public transport, and outside where social distancing is not possible.

31 March 2021

Additional locations have been added to the contact tracing list on the Queensland Health website, including additional suburbs in greater Brisbane, areas of Toowoomba and the Gold Coast. Please continue to monitor that page as it is regularly updated when new locations are released.

Translations of health alerts

The translations for the latest alert about the three-day lockdown for Greater Brisbane have now been published and are available on the Queensland Health website.

They can be accessed here. They are available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bangla (Bengali), Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, French, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer (Cambodian), Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Kurmanji (Northern Kurdish), Lingala, Nepali, Persian (excluding Dari), Portuguese, Punjabi, Samoan, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog (Filipino), Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

For more information please visit www.health.qld.gov.au or www.covid19.qld.gov.au.

30 March 2021

Update on Greater Brisbane COVID-19 cases

The Queensland Premier this morning announced that Queensland had recorded 8 new community transmitted COVID-19 cases overnight. The cases form two distinct clusters. The first cluster is linked to a doctor from the PA Hospital, the second cluster is linked to a nurse from the PA hospital. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been to any of the contact tracing locations you should be tested.

Information about escalated PPE use in disability accommodation, aged care, community health and healthcare facilities

Plain English information about Greater Brisbane Lockdown and Queensland restrictions

Update from housing providers

Housing assistance is an essential service for government, including community housing and specialist homelessness services. It is expected these services continue to operate.

Housing Service Centres State-wide remain open and continue the provision of essential housing services to the broader community. Where possible, customers are encouraged to make contact via telephone and adhere to Queensland Health Advice.

Housing help is available for people who need it. Anyone experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness can call the 24/7 hotline on 1800 474 753, or your local Housing Service Centre, where trained staff are available to assist.

No persons outside of the lockdown areas should be brought into Brisbane for emergency accommodation.

Please continue to stay in touch with your contract officer, as your main contact during this time. The department will continue to provide email updates on how we are responding to COVID-19.

29 March 2021

Greater Brisbane Lockdown

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Queensland Health has published additional information about the Greater Brisbane lockdown here. This includes information about the lockdown restrictions including mask wearing, permitted reasons to leave home, travelling to and from the Greater Brisbane region, weddings, funerals, gatherings and non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings

Anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane one or since 20 March must go into lockdown. There are now seven confirmed locally acquired cases.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared Greater Brisbane a hotspot after confirming ten new COVID-19 cases overnight in Brisbane, including four locally acquired cases. Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days from 5pm this afternoon until 5pm Thursday 1 April.

  • Schools will be closed from Tuesday,
  • Masks will be mandatory indoors, unless you are in your own home. Outdoors masks are not mandatory, unless you are unable to socially distance,
  • Only two visitors are allowed in homes,
  • Residents can only leave for essential reasons,
  • Aged care, disability service providers, hospitals and correctional centres will close to visitors across the state.

The Chief Health Officer is asking residents not to panic buy as supermarkets are amply stocked. A full list of contact tracing locations can be found on Queensland Health’s website. Greater Brisbane residents are being urged to check whether they have visited any of these locations, and if so, follow the instructions on the Queensland Health website.

Updates are also available on the Queensland Health website.

Registries and courthouses

Registries and courthouses in the following locations will be closed to the public during the lockdown: Brisbane Magistrates Court / Arrest Courts, Beenleigh, Cleveland, Holland Park, Ipswich, Pine Rivers, Redcliffe, Richlands, Sandgate, Wynnum and Caboolture.

In these locations, physical appearances WILL NOT be required on Tuesday 30 March 2021, Wednesday 31 March 2021 and Thursday 1 April 2021 ONLY. Instead, all matters will be heard via telephone or videoconference on these days. All hearings will be adjourned.

The Chief Magistrate will permit all parties leave to appear by telephone/video on 30 and 31 March and on 1 April 2021. Parties wishing to appear by telephone or video should contact the relevant court registry phone or email with the header “URGENT COURT and DATE: matter details”.

The contact details for the relevant courthouses can be found here.

If you wish to apply for an electronic adjournment, you can use the Online Application for a Court Event portal. Ordinarily, applications lodged through the Online Application for a Court Event portal must be submitted two clear business days before the current listed date. Effective immediately this requirement is temporarily removed. Legal practitioners may now submit applications at any time up to the current listed date, including on the day of the scheduled appearance.

Otherwise an email can be sent to the Court registry requesting an adjournment with a telephone contact.

If there is a requirement for urgent filing to be completed, please email the documentation. Messaging will also be on the Courthouse doors and websites which will provide contact information so that filing of urgent documents can be completed. SMS messages will be sent to all defendants in the adult criminal jurisdictions with a court date for 30-31 March or 1 April advising them not to attend the court in person.

Videoconferencing from prison may be arranged but no personal appearance from an SEQ correctional centres is possible at this stage.

Other parts of Queensland

Except for the greater Brisbane lockdown area, courts will continue to operate as usual but, due to prisoner availability, it may be necessary to adjust listings in consultation with the presiding Magistrate if a prisoner is in one of the affected SEQ centres or required to transfer there to appear. Similarly, we are anticipating adjournment requests where parties, witnesses or legal representatives reside in one of the affected locations.

Supreme court

The following steps will be taken in relation to Court proceedings in the Brisbane, Beenleigh and Ipswich court areas.

  1. No juries will be empanelled. A Supreme Court trial already under way will continue.
  2. Supreme Court applications will proceed according to the protocol to be found on the courts’ website. For District Court applications, practitioners will be advised by the Applications Judge whether and how applications will proceed.
  3. No Court of Appeal matters are listed for hearing this week. A civil appeal callover listed for Wednesday 31 March will be held at a later date.
  4. Civil and Planning & Environment trials will proceed wherever possible.
  5. Sentences and other matters involving unrepresented prisoners will proceed by video link, provided that the prisons do not move from stage 3 to stage 4 lockdown. It is likely to be known later today whether that will be the case.
  6. Masks must be worn at all times in court buildings, save at the direction of a Judge when a proceeding is under way.

19 March 2021

Restrictions on Queensland shared disability accommodation services (13 March update) will cease at midday today (19 March).

16 March 2021

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said there is so far no sign of community transmission from Queensland’s most recent case of COVID-19: a Brisbane doctor. She has confirmed however, that the lockdown in aged care, prisons and disability centres will be extended for 72 hours.

The Chief Health Officer has also advised that the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) are at moderate risk of transmission: City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City.

Hospitals, Residential Aged Care Facilities, Residential Disability Care Facilities, Prison Health Services and Youth Detention Health Services that fall within those LGAs are to escalate use of Personal Protective Equipment.

Comprehensive information on escalated PPE use is available here. Information for providers is available below:

15 March 2021

Queensland Health’s easy-to-read English alert about the new case of COVID-19 at the PA Hospital in Brisbane can be accessed here. Translations for the alert are also available in more than 35 languages on the Queensland Health website.

13 March 2021

From midday Saturday 13 March the following Local Government Areas have been declared restricted areas, meaning visitors will be restricted from entering Shared Disability Accommodation Services in those areas:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City

The Disability Accommodation Services Direction (No.16) come into effect. This includes a new exemption to mask wearing if doing so will create a risk to a person’s health and safety (see points 23 and 24 in Direction No. 16).

Queensland Health is currently updating its website to reflect the changes, with the updated content expected to be available later today.

Updates will also be made to the Aged Care Direction (No. 25) and Hospital Visitors Direction (No. 19). More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions can be found on the Queensland Health website. Easy read versions can also be accessed here.

10 March 2021

The Australian Federal Government has now released the COVID-19 Vaccination Disability Service Providers Toolkit. This collection of resources is designed to assist residential disability service providers to prepare for Phase 1a vaccinations.

The toolkit resources includes:

  • Clinical Governance at Disability Residential Accommodation
  • Disability Residential Accommodation Checklist
  • Information for Disability Service Providers on Consent
  • Monitoring and Reporting Side Effects for Disability Service Providers
  • Excess Dose Policy
  • What to Expect on Vaccination Day at Your Disability Residential Accommodation

Access the toolkit.

9 March 2021

The Commonwealth has commenced Phase 1a of the vaccination rollout starting with residents in aged-care and disability accommodation. All people from CALD backgrounds in these settings who prefer information about the vaccine in another language should be able to access this. To assist people from CALD backgrounds to understand their rights and how to engage interpreters, Queensland Health has developed the attached guide for family members and translated to 44 languages here. Translated consent forms for the vaccine are also available here.

As an update on the Commonwealth’s vaccination rollout, disability residential services can expect to be contacted shortly to validate their site data (e.g. residents, staff, location, etc) and to determine the best location for the vaccinations to take place (e.g. onsite or nearby clinic). A second call will then be made to schedule the vaccination, within two weeks. Most workers from the disability sector (i.e. disability support workers, allied health, etc) will be in scope for Phase 1b. Queensland Health has requested that this be made explicitly clear on the Commonwealth’s Vaccination Eligibility Checker.

The list of people eligible for vaccination Phase 1b has now been clearly defined and is available here: Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Phase 1b.

The Commonwealth will continue to update the COVID-19 Translated Resources on their website with new information, which now includes the following animations:

Queensland Health will continue to develop further targeted resources for CALD communities, which will be shared with you as they are made publicly available.

8 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout: People with Disability and The Disability Sector

The Commonwealth Disability Sector Implementation Plan is likely to be released this week.

Information about vaccination location and schedule: While the Commonwealth has not yet selected a vaccination provider for Phase 1a disability residential services in Queensland, disability residential services can be expected to be contacted this week or next to validate their site data (e.g. residents, staff, location, etc) and to determine the best location for the vaccinations to take place (e.g. onsite or nearby clinic). A second call will then be made to schedule the vaccination, with two weeks’ notice preferred.

Information about vaccination eligbility: Most workers from the disability sector (i.e. disability support workers, allied health, etc) will be in scope for Phase 1b. This information is explicitly clear on the Commonwealth’s Vaccination Eligibility Checker.

Queensland Health has requested that major labour hire companies that service the disability sector be directly offered vaccination under Phase 1a. Further advice to follow.

The language used to describe people eligible for Phase 1b is now more clear. It includes “Adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition”. The list of these conditions has been expanded to include:

  • organ transplant recipients who are on immune suppressive therapy
  • people who have had a bone marrow transplant in the last 24 months
  • people on immune suppressive therapy for graft versus host disease
  • people who have haematological cancers, for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome, diagnosed within the last 5 years
  • people having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with chronic renal (kidney) failure
  • people with heart disease such as coronary heart disease or failure
  • people with chronic lung disease, excluding mild or moderate asthma
  • people who have a non-haematological cancer, diagnosed in the last 12 months
  • people who have diabetes
  • people with severe obesity, with a Body Mass Index of 40 or over
  • people with chronic liver disease
  • people with some neurological conditions including stroke and dementia
  • people with some chronic inflammatory conditions and treatments
  • people with other primary or acquired immunodeficiency, including HIV
  • people with poorly controlled blood pressure

Information about receiving the vaccine: The Commonwealth is developing an Easy English version of the consent form.

ATAGI has advised the flu vaccination can occur in between doses of AstraZeneca, provided it occurs 14-days aside.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission advised sedation for the purpose of administering the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t considered a form of restraint.

In response to questions by the sector, advice has been received that workers do not have to stay home and get a COVID-19 test after having their vaccination if they are feeling unwell.

For more information see: What to expect after the AstraZeneca vaccination. More information about the Disability Sector Vaccination rollout is available here.

1 March 2021

Check In QLD app launched: On 28 February, the Queensland Government launched the non-mandatory Check In QLD app. If you have the app, you will be able to check into participating businesses or venues without having to enter your details each time. Data uploaded to the app by users will be stored by the Queensland Government and only used for contact tracing if necessary.

15 February 2021

The Australian Government’s Department of Health has created communication resources for multicultural communities with information on the Queensland border restrictions for people travelling from Victoria.

21 January 2021

Easing of restrictions for Greater Brisbane

From 1am Friday 22 January 2021 restrictions are easing for the Greater Brisbane area (Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands).

Masks will remain mandatory at airports and on any flights departing or arriving in Queensland.

While not mandatory, you are encouraged to carry a mask with you when you leave home and wear a mask on public transport, in a taxi or ride share and when physical distancing is not possible.

Ongoing restrictions from 1am Friday 22 January 2021 are for all of Queensland:

  • Gatherings: 50 people allowed to gather in homes and 100 in public spaces across Queensland.
  • Indoor premises: One person per 2 square metres (e.g. restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, museums, art galleries, places of worship, convention centres and Parliament House), including standing eating and drinking. Indoor play areas and unattended amusement and wellbeing machines) within a premises can open with a COVID Safe Checklist.
  • Wedding ceremonies: Up to 200 people can attend a wedding and all guests can dance (both indoors and outdoors).
  • Funerals: Up to 200 people can attend a funeral.
  • Indoor events: 500 people permitted at indoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Ticketed venues: 100% capacity at seated, ticketed venues with patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit (e.g. theatre, live music, cinemas and indoor sports). Performers can distance from audience at 2m, except choirs which remain at 4m from the audience.
  • Outdoor events: 1500 people permitted at outdoor events with a COVID Safe Event Checklist. Larger events require a COVID Safe Plan.
  • Open air stadiums: 100% seated capacity (with a COVID Safe Plan). All patrons encouraged to wear masks on entry and exit.
  • Dancing: Dancing is allowed in all indoor and outdoor venues including outdoor music festivals, pubs, beer gardens, clubs and nightclubs, subject to the one person per 2 square metre rule.
  • Contact tracing information: All hospitality industry businesses (i.e. pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes) in Queensland must comply with electronic contact information collection requirements.

Other Queensland specific updates

If you have any symptoms at all, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.

Full details of lockdown restrictions are available on the Queensland Health website.

Translated information for multicultural communities.

Details on the Chief Health Officer’s Directions on Aged Care and Disability Accommodation Services, along with Personal Protective Equipment guidance is available on our COVID-19 Information for Service Providers page.

The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) has updated forms for use during COVID-19

RTA forms have been updated to reflect the Queensland Government’s extension of temporary COVID-19 arrangements for residential tenancies until 30 April 2021.

In these updated forms, the RTA has removed references to the previous 31 December 2020 expiry date in line with the amended Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020.

A list of updated RTA forms is below. Please ensure you download and use these versions.

If you have any issues accessing the links above, please try clearing your cache via a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5 or reload) of your web browser. If you have any questions about these changes, please email the RTA Outreach team at [email protected].

Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy

Find out more about essential services and other support for Queensland communities, particularly seniors and people with disability, during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 and the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF)

Organisations may be experiencing challenges meeting HSQF timeframes as a result of COVID-19 impacts. The HSQF team supports flexibility where possible. Visit the website for more information.

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 continue providing essential services as safely as possible. This may mean changes to how services are delivered. 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.

The Department has also updated information for service providers to reflect what the easing of restrictions will mean for service delivery.

Australian Government updates

Find links to the latest essential information on the Australian Government website and information about the economic response to the Coronavirus.

The National Cabinet released a three-step Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia plan to gradually remove baseline restrictions and make Australia COVID-safe.

Pandemic leave disaster payment

Queenslanders who can’t earn an income because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19, can now access support with a $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. Find out more here.

Find out more about the Australian Government’s economic response to the Coronavirus.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Scammers are using the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to take advantage of people across Australia. This ACCC page details the current scams and what to watch out for.

QCOSS updates

As the peak body for social services in Queensland, QCOSS is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of every person, in every community in Queensland. As community services focus on how we continue to provide essential service to support people and communities during this crisis QCOSS will keep you up to date with what is happening in the sector.

COSS network COVID-19 information for people in other states

ACOSS – Coronavirus Information Hub
NCOSS – COVID-19 Community sector resource
VCOSS – COVID-19 and the community sector
WACOSS – Community Services COVID-19 responses
TASCOSS – COVID-19 Preparation and Advice
SACOSS – Responding to COVID-19
NTCOSS – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for social and community services and the NT

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