Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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I’m hoping to provide you with some of the important information and materials you may need as we manage the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Things are moving fast at
the moment, and although we are trying to keep up as best we can, this is not a definitive guide, but it is a great reference or starting point for finding information and links, with many specifically related to our local area.

Click on any link below to skip to the information you seek:

If you need help on any of these or other issues, I encourage you to email me at call my office at 9534 8126. While my staff are working from home, our office is working hard to assist you with any kind of issues you may be facing.



What Government assistance am I eligible to receive?


You might be eligible for a range of payments through Centrelink, especially if you have lost your job, been stood down, or your income has been reduced. Centrelink has put together a helpful guide to assist you figuring out what you might be eligible for. To apply for the payments, go to and log on or create a MyGov account. Then click on “register intention to claim”. Someone from Centrelink will then call you in the coming week to assist you through the process.  Make sure you answer any calls from a private number and have your driver’s license and Medicare care handy. If you already have a CRN, you can lodge a claim for JobSeeker Payment online 24/7 through your MyGov account.

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Through your employer, you may also be eligible to receive the JobKeeper payment. You should should speak with your employer to see if they have registered for JobKeeper.


Working for Victoria

The Victorian Government is helping jobseekers find new work. Click here to learn more and apply. As navigating these processes can be difficult, I encourage you to get in contact with my office if you have any questions.



What help can I get with renting?

Your rights

New rules have been introduced by the Victorian Government which include a moratorium on evictions, suspension of rental increases, and a new dispute resolution process.
Visit Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website for more information about your rights as a tenant.


Rent relief

The Victorian Government has recently announced rent relief grants for Victorians experiencing rental hardship. The package provides a one off grant to help renters maintain safe, secure and stable accommodation. The Victorian Government has released this helpful guide to answer your questions about the relief payments.


Other rental help

Visit Housing Victoria’s website for more information about how you can get support. As navigating these processes can be difficult, I encourage you to get in contact with my office if you have any questions.



What support is my business eligible to receive?

For sole traders and businesses impacted by the Coronavirus, a range of support is available through the State and Federal Government.
The Federal Government has prepared a guide for businesses to determine what assistance you may be eligible for. This includes:

  • The JobKeeper payment;
  • Cash flow support for small and medium businesses; and
  • Instant asset write-offs

The State Government has also prepared a landing page for businesses seeking
support, advice and information. You might be eligible for grants and other support.

If you have any questions about navigating these processes, I encourage you to get in contact with my office



What should I do if I feel unwell?

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and and tell the operator if you also have a fever or a cough, sore throat or respiratory illness.

The Victorian Government has produced an interactive self-assessment tool to assist you better understand the risks and precautions you need to take based on your personal circumstances.



If you have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell

Less commonly, headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea have also been reported.

Contact the 24-hour hotline at 1800 675 398, or call your Doctor and mention your symptoms and risk factors. They will determine if you need to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can get tested at The Alfred Hospital (55 Commercial Rd, Melbourne; 9076 2000) between 8am and 6pm any day of the week.

Visit this site for more information on how, where and when to get tested.


Seeing a doctor

Visit this website to find a local doctor in Macnamara. Make sure you call ahead, rather than just show up, to protect the office and other patients. You can now consult with a doctor, mental health professional, nurse and a range of other bulk-billed health services using either telephone or video conferencing (Telehealth), and it will be covered by Medicare.



What help is available if I don’t feel safe at home?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger – call 000. If it is safe to do so, for help and support, contact Safe Steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188. If it is unsafe to call, email

The social distancing restrictions allow you to leave your home for emergency purposes. If you are escaping harm or are at risk of harm from family violence, you can leave your
home. You will not be fined if you are leaving a dangerous situation. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help
you. The Victorian Government has prepared a website to help you understand the support and services available.



What are the most up-to-date Coronavirus restrictions in place?

Victoria is currently in Stage 3 restrictions, and everyone must play their part.

If you can stay at home, you must stay at home.

The Government is directing you to stay at home to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can protect the elderly, the vulnerable, the at-risk, and Victoria’s healthcare workers. You’re allowed to leave your house only in limited circumstances, including essential work, to exercise locally, for medical care, and to buy essential supplies. You can read more about these exceptions here.

The Government has also restricted many activities and facilities where people gather in numbers. Visit this landing page to learn more about the scope of the rules.



Where can I find the latest government updates?

Victorian Government Updates

The Victorian Government is providing up-to-date statewide information about Coronavirus through the Department of Health and Human Services website.


Federal Government Updates

The Federal Government is also providing regular updates about Coronavirus over here.


Information in Languages Other than English

Translated resources in your language have been provided by the Federal Government and SBS.



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Josh Burns MP respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners of the land of the Indigenous people, the traditional custodians of this land, and respect their culture and identity which has been bound up with the land and sea for generations.