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RC hears accusations of child sexual abuse

The present hearing is focusing on First Nations children in out-of-home-care via a number of case studies.
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Vic COVID-19 Update: Three new regional LGAs under lockdown restrictions

The City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, and Mitchell Shire are required to implement the same restrictions as Melbourne and the City of Ballarat from Monday, 20 September. 

Vic COVID-19 Update: Regional lockdown lifted

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What you need to know

  • Excluding Shepparton, regional Victoria will come out of lockdown at midnight, 9 September
  • Some restrictions remain, including no visitors at home; masks must be worn outside and at work
  • Community and non-residential disability services will be capped at 20 per facility, excluding staff. A density of 1 person per 4 square metres applies

The Victorian Government has announced the lockdown in regional Victoria will lift with eased restrictions from midnight, Thursday 9 September. Greater Shepparton and metropolitan Melbourne remain in lockdown.

There are no restrictions on leaving home and travel is permitted across regional Victoria. Travel to metropolitan Melbourne remains for permitted reasons only and visitors must follow metropolitan Melbourne restrictions.

If you can work from home, you are advised to continue doing so.

Information for regional disability providers

Workers employed in regional facilities will no longer need an authorised worker permit.

Workplaces can re-open with 25 per cent return, or up to 10 people, whichever is greater. A density of 1 person per 4 square metres must be maintained.

Community and non-residential services

Non-residential community services are permitted to open for people with disability with a maximum of 20 per facility or property. DFFH has confirmed this excludes staff. The density requirement continues to be 1 person per 4 square metres.

Restrictions remaining across all Victoria

  • Masks must still be worn indoors (except at home) and outside except if an exemption applies
  • PPE requirements have not changed for any disability settings across the state
  • Visitor restrictions for all Victorian residential services in remain in place
The DFFH is updating their Fact Sheets for community and residential disability services to reflect the revised restrictions. NDS will advise when they are available.

Vaccine uptake survey template

NDS is encouraging providers to use the Worker Pulse Survey Template to identify the COVID-19 vaccine uptake and hesitancy in their workforce.  Providers can adapt the survey to suit their needs and are asked to share their survey results with NDS to inform our advocacy. Please send your results via the  submit enquiry/feedback form.

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For any enquiries, please contact Sarah Fordyce, State Manager Victoria, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number