Community Update ​

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) community update 3

Thank you for your ongoing engagement. We appreciate this is a time of immense change and uncertainty in the community and we thank you for your ongoing help in keeping you.
We have included some information below which hopefully will be of assistance to your community.
Government COVID-19 restrictions as of 25 March 2020
  • Tighter restrictions on weddings, funerals, fitness classes, beauty salons, arcades, play centres and more will apply from 11:59pm, 25 March.
  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos must close. Restaurants and cafes can remain open but can only provide takeaway services. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.
  • Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA have announced border closures. Unless exempt, all arrivals to WA from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Residents who have lost their income as a result of COVID-19 can submit their claims for JobSeeker Payments online.
  • The Australian Government has begun sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19. Please act on that advice as it will help save lives.
Special arrangements for international students in Australia
International students currently employed at the major supermarkets and aged care providers will be temporarily be able to extend their working hours to meet essential demand. The ordinary 40 hour per fortnight maximum limit will not apply. This will apply for existing employees in their existing roles. Supermarkets and aged care providers are able to register with the Department if they believe the changes will assist them.
  • Supermarkets
  • Aged care providers
Temporary visa holders in Australia
  • Remaining lawful in Australia
Temporary visa holders must remain lawful in Australia.  They do this by applying for a new visa before their current visa expires. This includes Temporary visa holders unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19. Instructions on how to remain lawful can be found at the following link:
  • Waiver of ‘no further stay’
Temporary visa holders can request to waive ‘no further stay’ conditions imposed on their current visa, within the 2 months prior to the expiry date. Instructions on how to request a waiver can be found at the following link:
Hopefully these resources are of value to you.
Please also continue to pass your concerns and questions to us in writing at  We will adapt the information provided to you based on your feedback. 



We would like to keep our community informed with what is happening around us.