The latest updates and information concerning COVID-19 can be found on:
Updates from government bodies and NGOs which may help postgraduate students:
- A new direction from the family courts establishes a fast-tracked, national list to allow Courts to swiftly deal with urgent family law applications filed as a result of COVID-19 applications.
- Welfare Rights Centre has new info about Centrelink payments in different languages.
- Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council’s COVID Kindness project can connect people with services that can support their clients who live in NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services include collecting food, medication and other supplies, ideas for activities for fitness or for children, any concerns about friends, family or neighbours, a friendly chat about any worries or concerns. Email email@example.com or phone 1300 735 025 (select Option 2 for COVID support).
- ACT Government condemns rise in racist incidents in response to COVID-19 – media release from Minister Rattenbury and Minister Steel.
- Reports of racism and discrimination in the ACT can be made directly to the ACT Human Rights Commission, by contacting 02 6205 2222 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ACT Government Jobs for Canberra Fund – register your interest and/or view a list of available vacancies, jobs will be available for people affected by COVID-19 and who have relied on casual work and are not eligible for Australian Government’s wage subsidy scheme or other support.
- The ACT Government has announced a package to support individuals on temporary visas. The ACT Government has also announced that Medicare ineligible patients (including temporary visa holders) can now access a wide range of COVID-19 related public health services.
- ACT Government Factsheets for Private Residential Tenants (pdf), Landlords (pdf), and Real Estate Agents (pdf) during COVID-19.
- Australian Government moneysmart website which has financial advice and tools: https://moneysmart.gov.au/covid-19
ACT COVID-19 Helpline - 02 6207 7244: 8am-8pm daily. ACT Government has a helpline and website to inform and assist the ACT community through the challenges of COVID-19.
Disability Information Helpline - 1800 643 787: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. The Australian Government has established a Disability Information Helpline. The helpline is not available on national public holidays.
International student hotline: The Australian Government has provided a dedicated email and hotline for international students if you have further questions - email@example.com or call 1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm AEDST Mon-Fri – calls within Australia only)
National Debt Helpline: If you are struggling to pay rent/mortgage or household bills – call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007. You can speak to a financial counsellor confidentially to discuss options, including applying for hardship with your bank/telcos/utility providers.
- Domestic violence support for those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) continues to operate and support children, young people and adults who are impacted by family, domestic and intimate partner violence, including those who use violence. There are a number of bi-lingual and multi-lingual staff and access to translators. Clients are welcome to contact DVCS via their 24/7 crisis line on 02 62 800 900, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, their confidential contact form or via their online chat. It’s not required to give your name.
- A variety of resources are available on their website, including:
Food and Emergency Relief
ANU-specific Support and Resources