We are in an unprecedented health crisis.
It’s something that affects all of us, and we can only get through it by working together. We all have a part to play.
In the last week, my office has received hundreds of calls about concerns surrounding Covid-19. People are concerned, and rightfully so.
Due to the number of people who are trying to get in touch, the best way to reach me is by email. You can do that by clicking here.
This isn’t the time to play politics; it’s time to help people and show leadership.
This is a deeply serious and complex situation. It is evolving and it is important we continue to operate on the basis of the most up-to-date medical advice and information.
Please use the links below to get the most up to date information.
The National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Our communities are suffering and will need mental health support. You can find a list of mental health support services here.
Here is a good information guide for people to help them manage their mental health at home.
NDIS SUPPORT AND ADVICE
The Australian Government has enacted the Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan and the NDIA is taking necessary steps to support participants and providers.
The Minister for the NDIS has announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers during this time:
- NDIS plans to be extended by up to 24 months, ensuring continuity of support and increasing capacity of NDIA staff to focus on urgent and required changes to plans.
- Face-to-face planning shifted to telephone and email meetings.
- Action plan to ensure NDIS participants and their families continue to receive the essential disability supports they need.
- Proactive outreach to high-risk participants and sharing of data with states and territories to ensure continuity of supports.
- Financial assistance to providers to support retention of workers including advance payments, 10 per cent COVID-19 loading on some supports and changes to cancellation policies.
For more information about the Minister’s announcement:
- media release
- factsheet (DOCX 700KB)
- factsheet (PDF 149KB)
- Easy Read - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information (PDF 3MB).
INFORMATION ABOUT TAX AND SUPERANNUATION
The Australian Taxation Office has updated its website with essential information on COVID19 - this can be found at ato.gov.au/coronavirus.
The ATO’s Coronavirus page provides easy-to-understand and detailed information about what people need to know or do in order to get access to the tax or superannuation measures. The measures the ATO will administer include:
- giving individuals early access to their superannuation
- providing cash flow assistance for employers
- increasing the instant asset write-off, making more businesses eligible
- backing business investment by accelerating depreciation deductions.
Each of the measures have different timings, eligibility, and processes – some will be applied automatically and others will require an application. Please refer to ato.gov.au/coronavirus for the relevant information.
Ato.gov.au/coronavirus also provides information about support available for business.
NO ONE DESERVES A SERVE - A MESSAGE FROM: Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees' Association
Supermarket staff are providing an essential service to all Australians during an unprecedented situation. They are working around the clock to ensure Australians and their families can put food on the table and access essential items they need. For many years, the SDA has campaigned for the elimination of violence and abuse from customers towards retail and fast food workers.
Now, more than ever, it’s important to tell our communities that there is no excuse for abuse and violence.
The SDA is extremely disappointed in the rise of violent and abusive incidents which are hurting supermarket staff across the country. They are just doing their job under extremely difficult circumstances. Please support SDA members across the country by sharing our message asking shoppers to respect retail workers.
Click here to share our No One Deserves A Serve video now. You can also download the video here too.
As the union for retail, fast food and warehouse workers, we are working hard to make sure:
- No worker puts their health at risk as they continue working to provide service to Australians
- The safety of workers is the priority of every employer who should ensure their employees are protected and respected at work
- All workers must have financial and job security during this increasingly uncertain time including access to paid leave
You can follow the SDA on Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.
Please be patient, please be respectful and ask those in your community to do the same.