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IMPORTANT UPDATE AND SUPPORT SERVICES- COVID 19

UPDATE AS OF 30th MARCH 10 am

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From 11.59 pm on Saturday 28th March returned travellers MUST be in enforced isolation for 14 days. They will be housed in hotels, motels, caravan parks, and student accommodation for their 14-day self-isolation period. For more information, please click here

The Prime Minister and Premier Daniel Andrews have further strengthened social distancing methods for public gatherings:

-From today public gatherings are capped to 2 people (excluding your household) for exemptions click here

-Playgrounds and skate parks are closed

-If you are over 70, it is advised you stay at home, you may exercise with one other person, but besides getting the absolute essentials and medical appointments (if you do not have someone that can assist) please self-isolate.

-This also applies to people over the age of 60 who have a chronic illness.

-A 6-month moratorium on evictions for rentals. The Government has suggested landlords speak with their tenants and banks to make arrangements.

For more information on the new restrictions above please click here


The Federal Government announced yesterday a $1.1 billion support package to boost mental health services, domestic violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.

The Prime Minister announced this funding would be rolled out immediately as there are mental health and domestic violence consequences that have and will continue to grow due to the health and economic crisis we are facing.

To find out more about the funding and the services involved, please click here

Australia Post is now offering a free pharmacy home delivery service thanks to $25 million in federal funding. The new delivery option will support vulnerable Australians, including those isolating themselves at home on the advice of a medical practitioner, people over 70 and people with chronic health conditions. To find out more click here


It is important to note when trying to understand our government’s actions and responses that we are not Italy, Spain or Iran, I highly recommend you read our Deputy Cheif Medical Officers very informative article where he explains why- read here


The Federal Government have launched a new Coronavirus App and messaging service via WhatsApp to help Australias keep up to date with information on the Coronavirus from trusted and accurate sources.

To access the WhatsApp service click here

To download the App on the App store click here, and to download via Google click here 
Travel outside of Australia is now banned. 

-Weddings can only be attended by the celebrant, the bride and groom and their legal witnesses (5 people in total and abide by the 4 square metres rule).

-The hard decision has been made that only 10 people (conducting the proper social distancing guidelines) can attend a funeral.

 

For a full list of  business closures, please click here


The Prime Minister said it best last night, sadly the Prime Ministers, Premiers and the Medical Chief Officers messages are not getting through to the community. Individuals and businesses must abide by all social distancing measures.

The more people do not abide by these rules, the longer we will have to do them.

The message from Dr Murphy the Chief Medical Officer is worried about the rise in cases with the current majority being from people that have recently travelled. If you have travelled, upon your return, GO STRAIGHT HOME and self isolate for 14 days. No ifs, no buts. Do not go anywhere else. If you need essential items, care packages can be delivered to your home. For more information, see below in my email.


Here are 5 key messages I would like to get across

1. If you are unwell stay home, no exceptions. If you are experiencing a fever, cough, have difficulty breathing and sore throat call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. If it is an emergency call Triple Zero (000), but please leave this only for emergencies.

2. Listen to the regular advice and restrictions by our Prime Minister, Premier and Cheif Medical Officer. Failing to comply or listen can be deadly.

3. Schools are now on early school holidays; childcare facilities remain open for parents who are left with no other option for childcare services. It is important during these school holidays to practice social distancing and following the advice from the Prime Minister and Premier, please cancel all non-essential travel during these holidays and stay home. As hard as it is, no playdates and no face to face catch up with friends.

4. Remember the following remain open:
Supermarkets, bakeries, pharmacies, petrol stations, retail, medical services, restaurants and cafes providing takeaway. So there is absolutely no need to panic buy or hoard items.

5. No one is immune, even if you are young. If you have travelled, upon your return, GO STRAIGHT HOME and self isolate for 14 days. No ifs, no buts. Do not go anywhere else. If you have no travelled   If you can stay home, stay home. Only leave to get essential items, go for a walk (practising social distancing). It is our civic duty. Call your neighbours and those vulnerable in our community to see how you can safely assist.


I have kept below this email all the Federal and State Government packages of support that will be able to assist you if you have been affected by COVID-19 from my update earlier in the week.

If you own a small business, click on the link here for a small business factsheet on further information on what support is made available to you.

As promised, I will continue to keep you updated on any new developments. If you would like to find out further information on COVID 19 please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au– I have also placed a link below. Or visit www.health.gov.au

You can contact me anytime with any question you may have via brad.battin@parliament.vic.gov.au or call my office on 5953 0216, and I will get back to you. I am currently experiencing a large volume of emails at the moment, so it may take me a little longer than usual to get back to you, but I will.

Take care and please follow the steps our governments are putting into place

Brad Battin MP

State Liberal Member for Gembrook


 

SUPPORT: EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF

Victorians who are required to self-isolate, due to the Coronavirus, are eligible to receive a two week supply of essential goods. The relief packages will include items like: long life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be provided. They will include items like: soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Households with young children may be eligible to receive nappies and baby formula. The emergency relief package program is being coordinated by the Red Cross and Foodbank Victoria.

Packages can be accessed through the Coronovirus Hotline: 1800 675 398.


 

SUPPORT: HELP FOR FAMILIES 

Federal Government – Worker and Business Support Package.

The Federal Government has announced a $66.1 billion economic support package. The package includes: support for households including casuals, sole-traders, retirees and those on income support; assistance for businesses to keep people in a job; regulatory protection and financial support for businesses to stay in business.

Support for Households (Click on the package for more information:

Coronavirus supplement

Payments to support households 

Early release of superannuation

Reduce superannuation minimum drawdown rates 

Reducing social security deeming rates

 

Banking – Home Loan Payment Deferrals.

The major four Australian banks have announced that home loan customers experiencing financial challenges due to Coronavirus will be also to pause their repayments for up to six months. You can contact the major banks about this announcement on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 133 095 | NAB: 1300 683 106 | Westpac: 132 032


 

SUPPORT: HELP FOR BUSINESS

Federal Government – Worker and Business Support Package.

The Federal Government has announced a $66.1 billion economic support package. The package includes: support for households including casuals, sole-traders, retirees and those on income support; assistance for businesses to keep people in a job; regulatory protection and financial support for businesses to stay in business.
Assistance to business to keep people in a job.

Boosting cash flow for employees

Regulatory protection and financial support for businesses to stay in business.

Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme

Temporary relief for financially distressed business

Support for the aviation industry


 

Victorian Government Support Package.

The Victorian Government has announced a $1.7 billion support package. Details of the package includes:

  • $556 million the Government will provide full payroll tax refunds for the 2019-20 financial year to small and medium-sized businesses with payroll of less than $3 million.
  • The same businesses will also be able to defer any payroll tax for the first three months of the 2020/21 financial year until 1 January 2021.
  • $500 million ‘Business Support Fund’ for businesses in the hardest-hit sectors.
  • $500 million ‘Working for Victoria Fund’ aimed at Government employment opportunities, job-matching, retraining, hardship support.
  • $100 million waiving of rent for businesses in Government buildings.
  • $30 million waiving of 2020 liquor licensing fees.
  • Commitment to pay State Government invoices within 5 days.

For further information on the package:

Business Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on: 13 22 15.
To register, as a worker, in the Working for Victoria https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria 

To register, as a business, in the Business Support Fund


 

Banking – Loan Payment Six Month Deferrals.

The Australian banks have announced that they will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by the Coronavirus for six months. This announcement is welcome news in Victoria, where the 600,000 small businesses are the human face of our economy. You can contact the major banks about this announcement on the following numbers:

ANZ: 1800 351 548 | CBA: 132 607 | NAB: 1300 769 650 | Westpac: 132 142

Business Victoria – New Hotline.

Additionally, Business Victoria can provide you with advice and support to help your workplace plan and respond to the Coronavirus. A hotline has been set up to help business to advise and support. For more information, call the:

Business Victoria Coronavirus Hotline on: 13 22 15.


 

SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH

Our mental health is as important as our physical health, yet our focus is often on our physical health. It is just as important to look after our mental health.

The impact of the Coronavirus can lead to feelings of anxiety and concern. But try to remember that health professionals and governments are working to contain the virus and keep our community safe.

Beyond Blue has Coronavirues resources to help click here

 

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