COVID-19 latest updates
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.
12 August 2020
COVID-19 testing in pharmacies pilot
The Queensland Government will trial COVID-19 testing in pharmacies to increase capability in Queensland. Read the media release.
2 August 2020
$150 million to back Queensland universities during COVID-19
The Queensland Government announced a $150 million rescue package to support Queensland universities impacted by COVID-19 and especially safeguard thousands of jobs in regional Queensland. Read the media release.
25 July 2020
More funding on COVID-19 frontline
Extra Domestic Violence workers will be embedded at five police stations in South East Queensland, on top of specialist Domestic Violence staff already based at some stations. Eight high-risk domestic and family violence teams operating across Queensland would also receive funding of $300,000 to help coordinate their efforts, and two community-based organisationsÂ – GIVIT and RIZE UP – will receive more than $50,000 each to assist women and children in crisis to move into safe accommodation.
23 July 2020
State Government cost of living relief continues to roll out
More than $400 million in COVID-19 relief has helped around 2.1 million Queensland households with their power and water bills – with more financial relief to come.
Another $50 credit off power bills will follow from 1 September: a dividend payment to Queenslanders as shareholders in the stateâs publicly-owned energy businesses.
15 July 2020
More jobs for Queenslanders as we unite and recover from the global pandemic
The Premier has announced a $90 million package to create even more jobs for Queenslanders as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
The Premier told Parliament the global pandemic has had a devastating impact on Queensland jobs and particularly on younger Queenslanders who have tragically been forced from workplaces in the midst of this unprecedented crisis.
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.
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 and 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
The National Cabinet released a three-step Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia plan to gradually remove baseline restrictions and make Australia COVID-safe.
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 .
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. Beyond this date, the Coronavirus Supplement will be reduced to $250 per fortnight until 31 December 2020.
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.
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