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Queensland Government COVID-19 updates

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.

4 October 2020
Aged Care Direction and Disability Accommodation Services Direction

Effective from 4 October the Aged Care Direction has been updated to:

  • clarify that people who have been in the New South Wales border zone may visit loved ones in residential aged care facilities
  • clarify that health workers who wear appropriate personal protective equipment and follow recommended infection control precautions are not considered ‘known contacts’ of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the purposes of entry to a residential aged care facility.

Find out more about Aged Care precautions here.

The Disability Accommodation Services Direction has also been updated to clarify that people who have been in the New South Wales border zone may enter disability accommodation services to visit loved ones or to attend work.

Find out more about Disability Accommodation Services directions here.

1 October 2020
Roadmap to easing restrictions

Stage 4 of the roadmap for easing restrictions commenced on 1 October with border zone changes and an increase in patron density limits for outdoor events, open air stadiums and outdoor hospitality spaces. Read more.

25 September 2020
Restricted Local Government Areas

From 1:00am Friday 25 September 2020 there will be no Local Government Areas listed as Queensland COVID-19 restricted areas.

Certain restrictions will continue to apply under the following directions:

From 1:00 am on Friday 25 September everyone in Queensland can:

  • Have a maximum of 30 people in your home, including the members of your household that live there. The visitors can be from different households.
  • Have a public gathering with a maximum of 30 people including yourself and members of your household.
  • Visit residential aged care facilities, hospitals and shared disability accommodation services, subject to the relevant Public Health Directions and applicable visitor requirements applied by the facility.

Information about these Directions, including questions and answers are available on the Queensland Health website.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Queensland Health has provided guidance on personal protective equipment in residential aged care and disability care accommodation services. From 25 September 2020 the entire state is on ‘low risk’ for PPE decision-making. PPE utilisation should not change until further notice. This is important to preserve stock of critical supplies.

24 September 2020
Regional economic recovery

The Queensland Government has undertaken a collaborative effort with governments, industries, businesses and communities to shape an economic recovery plan for the future for every region across the state. As part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan, each regional plan is focused on protecting Queenslanders’ health, creating jobs and working together.

Access your region’s plan and find out how the Queensland Government is supporting economic recovery in your community.

Queensland Department of Health

Queensland Health website is the best source of health information for Queenslanders. For the most recent media updates visit the Queensland Health media release page.

Chief Health Officer public health directions

Patients entering Queensland for essential health care fact sheet for patients.

Patients entering Queensland for essential health care fact sheet for providers.

Face masks

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has advised that those who struggle to social distance throughout their day, should consider wearing a face mask.

“Along with washing your hands, social distancing is the gold standard of COVID-19 preventative measures,” she said.

“However, some of us do struggle to maintain social distancing whether at work or socially. For those who fall into this category, face masks can be a useful added layer of protection until they are able to social distance again.”

Advice for wearing a mask.

  • avoid touching it while you’re wearing it. If you do, wash your hands.
  • do not reuse single-use masks and immediately replace if you have coughed or sneezed into it.
  • when disposing of a mask, put it in a sealable bag to ensure the used mask won’t be touched by others. Then put the sealed bag in the bin.
  • always clean your hands immediately after removing your mask and putting it in the bin.

For more information on face masks, visit the Queensland Health website.

Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

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.

Department of Housing and Public Works

The Department of Housing and Public Works has released a Residential Tenancies Practice Guide for negotiating arrangements for residential tenancy agreements for people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It sets out the steps for tenants and property owners to negotiate variations to residential tenancy agreements, including rent adjustments and breaking leases.

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.

JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments

JobKeeper payments

On 21 July the Australian Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment for a further six months until 28 March 2021 and is targeting support to those businesses and not-for-profits who continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus.

From 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021, the payment rate of JobKeeper will be reduced to $1,200 per fortnight for all eligible employees who, in the four weekly pay periods before the reference period, were working in the business or not-for-profit for 20 hours or more a week on average and for business participants who were actively engaged in the business for more than 20 hours per week.

For employees who were working in the business or not-for-profit for less than 20 hours a week on average and business participants who were actively engaged in the business less than 20 hours per week in the reference period, the rate will be reduced to $750 per fortnight.

JobSeeker payments

The government has temporarily expanded eligibility for income support payments including JobSeeker Payment.

The Coronavirus Supplement for income support payment recipients including JobSeeker of $550 per fortnight is available until 24 September 2020.

From 25 September 2020, the Coronavirus Supplement will be reduced to $250 per fortnight until 31 December 2020.

Find out more

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

NDIS update for Queensland

The Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, announced temporary changes in response to the Queensland Government’s new Disability Accommodation Services Direction on 22 August 2020.

Temporary changes in restricted areas of Queensland include allowing:

  • NDIS participants to claim the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, for use when a worker is with them
  • NDIS providers to directly claim the costs of PPE for workers from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Read the Australian Government media release.

Further information on funding of PPE and other initiatives can be found on the NDIS website.

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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