Please find a summary below of essential links and contacts to assist you during this time. For any further enquiries, please contact our office on 5319 3100 or noosa@parliament.qld.gov.au. For a printable version please click here – COVID-19 – GO TO SHEET – 27.03.20

 

Federal Government COVID-19 page – www.australia.gov.au

Queensland Government COVID-19 page – www.covid19.qld.gov.au

Noosa Council COVID-19 page – www.noosa.qld.gov.au/covid-19

 

HOME CONFINEMENT DIRECTIVE – 13 43 25 84

From 29th March the Chief Medical Officer has directed all people must stay in their homes except for:

  • shopping for essentials – food and necessary supplies;
  • medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements;Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been limited to a maximum of two people. People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50, should stay at home wherever possible for their own protection
  • exercise with no more than one other person (unless from your household);
  • providing care or assistance to an immediate family member;
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
  • Public gatherings, excluding household members, have been limited to a maximum of two people
  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing medical conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 with pre-existing medical conditions, should stay at home wherever possible for their own protection

For more information please go to: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/home-confinement-direction

ENFORCEMENT PENALTIES – 131 444

Qld Police can now issue on the spot fines for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directives regarding self-isolation, mass gathering, border restrictions, non-essential business activity and private residence gatherings and parties. If a person does not comply with quarantine directions, penalties of up to $13,345 for individuals and $66,672.50 for corporations may apply. Officers can also issue on the spot fines of $1334.50 for individuals and $6,672.50 for corporations which fail to abide by the health directions. Police will continue to conduct compliance checks to ensure non-essential businesses are adhering to closure directions and social distancing.

JOBKEEPER PAYMENT – 13 72 26

The Federal Government has announced the implementation of the Job Keeper Payment which is a subsidy paid to employers for full-time and part-time employees who were on their payroll from 1 March. Employers will receive $1,500 per fortnight which is to be paid to staff. Eligible employers include companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities. Payments will commence from 1 May. To register your interest, please go to: https://www.ato.gov.au/Job-keeper-payment/

 SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – 1300 654 687

BUSINESS CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS – 13 74 68

Effective as of 12pm Mon 23rd March . For more information please go to:

INCOME SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS – 132 850

The Job Seeker allowance will be available for eligible workers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, including permanent workers, sole traders, casual employees, self-employed and contract workers.

COMMUNITY RECOVERY HOTLINE – 1800 173 349

The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has activated the hotline to support Queenslanders in home quarantine who do not have the capacity to look after themselves or have family or friends to assist.

SCHOOLS – 13 74 68

Schools are now closed for all students other than those of essential workers until Term 1 break starts on Monday 30 March.  Schools will reopen to students and staff on Monday, 20 April 2020 unless health authorities advise otherwise. Teaching and learning resources are available through the department’s learning@home website. For more information please go to: https://qed.qld.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media/novel-coronavirus

PUBLIC TRANSPORT – 13 23 80

Public transport is still operating as a prepaid cashless service only, however all non-essential travel should be avoided. To apply for or to top up your ‘go card’ please go to: www.tmr.qld.gov.au/onlineservices

TRAVEL ADVICE – 1300 555 135

Australian borders are now closed except for Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members returning home. All arrivals into Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL ADVICE

Smart Traveller: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19-australian-travellers

DFAT: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

STATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Queensland Government has closed its borders to non-essential travellers from midnight Wednesday 25th March. Many States have also chosen to close their borders for all non-essential travel, please check their website for the most up to date information: https://www.qld.gov.au/about/newsroom/queensland-border-restrictions

CAMPING AREAS CLOSURES – 13 74 68

ALL camping areas within Queensland national parks, state forests and recreation areas are closed as of 26 March 2020 until further notice. Most four-wheel drive trails, mountain bike trails, walking tracks and trails (excluding overnight hiking tracks), bushwalks and national park coastal walks, remain open. However, all BBQ facilities in day use areas are closed.

Camping permit refunds 

Camping bookings with a start date up to, and including, 31 May 2020 are being cancelled. You can request a refund via the Queensland National Parks Booking Service. Those who have purchased a weekly 4WD permit linked to a camping permit will be eligible for a full refund. No new camping bookings are being accepted at this time.

For more information please go to: https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17764.html

GENERAL HEALTH ADVICE – 13 43 25 84

Please stay up to date via the Qld Health website www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for the most recent advice, and be mindful of Facebook shares from unknown sources.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Head to Health is a collaboration between the Department of Health and Australia’s most trusted health organisations. Please go to: https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

A number of businesses are advising of extra demand on services including NBN. Telstra will be posting updates as available via https://exchange.telstra.com.au/coronavirus/

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS – 1300 881 665

At this stage Local Government elections are going ahead. For those who are self-isolating due to health concerns, please call the ECQ office on 1300 881 665 to register your vote. If you cannot get through, please email them on: ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au. For the latest information, please head to: www.ecq.qld.gov.au

HANDY NUMBERS

QLD HEALTH – 13 43 25 84

CENTRELINK – 132 850

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH NATIONAL INFORMATION LINE – 1800 020 080

TELEHEALTH – 1800 066 888

COMMUNITY RECOVERY HOTLINE – 1800 173 349

AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS – 1800 733 276

LIFELINE – 13 11 14

THE SALVATION ARMY – 13 72 58

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – 1800 846 643 – Vinnies are not accepting material donation of clothes at this time.

ECQ – Electoral Commission Queensland – 1300 881 665