Coronavirus Updates

16th August lockdown information

Please find the latest lockdown restrictions here.

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, the current lockdown across
Melbourne will be extended and a curfew will be put in place across metropolitan Melbourne.

Unfortunately, based on the current trajectory of the outbreak, we will not be in a position to lift restrictions on
Thursday as planned. Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that from tonight the lockdown restrictions will
be strengthened and extended in metropolitan Melbourne, until 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September. This is an
additional 14 days on the previous directions.

The strengthened settings will see a curfew imposed from 9pm to 5am every night. This will operate as it did last
year, with very limited reasons to leave the home during this time. There will be increased police presence across
metropolitan Melbourne to ensure public health measures are enforced.
While the restrictions commence from 11.59pm tonight, we are asking people to respect the curfew from 9pm.
Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in
place last year. Additional restrictions will also apply to the construction industry, again operating as it did last year
with staffing reductions in place except for critical infrastructure and emergency repairs.
At large scale construction sites, staffing must reduce to 25 per cent or five workers on site, whichever is higher.
Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm
on Tuesday August 17. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits will be available on the coronavirus
website before these directions come into effect.
Permits will also need to be carried by higher education students who are on the Authorised Provider list.

For a table of current settings, please click here.

find all your covid resources here

Please contact Network West if you need any PPE – heaps of free masks and sanitiser available.

Please check your COVID safe plan and let me know if you have any questions. Find a COVID safe plan template here.

 This excellent VCOSS video encouraging us all to get vaccinated  is available in ten languages.

Audio resources

Co Health has developed the following audio resources in different community languages

* Find sound cloud of lockdown explainers here

How to access support payments

Australian Red Cross: (for those without access to Commonwealth income support i.e.Job Seeker/Keeper).

Government support:   

VIC COVID-19 Support Package | Prime Minister of Australia ( (15 July 2021)

Cash Support For Victorian Businesses During Lockdown | Premier of Victoria (16 July 2021)


Where do I get support if I…

Need to isolate:   

Need mental health support:   

Have a disability: