1. What impact has COVID-19 had on the delivery of the Migration Program?

  • Migration continues to make substantial contributions to Australia’s economic prosperity, national wellbeing
    and social cohesion.
  • he Australian Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent
    with public health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians so that
    Australia can deal with the immediate and post recovery impacts of COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 has had significant impacts on the Department of Home Affairs’ operations.
    •  Health restrictions implemented in Australia and many other countries have disrupted the
      Department’s visa processing services; and
    • Travel bans implemented around the world to manage health risks limit arrivals of temporary and
      permanent migrants to Australia.
  • Australia’s migration settings are designed to be flexible and respond to changing circumstances, such as
    COVID-19.
    • The ongoing impacts of the pandemic worldwide, both medically, socially and
      economically, will have a significant influence on the shape of Australia’s Migration
      Program going forward.
    • Migration policies must be carefully calibrated to provide employment opportunities for
      Australians, support critical industries, and position Australia’s economic recovery.
       COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Migration Program.
    • The Government must ensure that migration settings support Australia post recovery
      from the impacts of COVID-19, and in doing so, the livelihood of Australians who become
      unemployed as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis deepen also needs to be
      prioritised.

2. What impact has COVID-19 had on Net Overseas Migration?

  • Border closures have had a significant impact on net overseas migration.
    • In comparison to net overseas migration (NOM) for the 2018-19 year, NOM is expected to fall by 30
      per cent in
      2019-20 and even further in 2020-21.
  •  The Migration Program can change to respond to changing circumstances.

3. What is the Government doing to ensure the visa system supports COVID-19 response and economic
recovery?

  • Protecting the health of Australians during the global pandemic is the Australian Government’s priority.
    Borders will only re-open at a time and in a manner that is safe, guided by health advice, and with secure
    border arrangements in place.
  • A carefully calibrated migration program is an important part of Australia’s economic recovery and will
    create jobs and bring investment to help Australia rebound from COVID-19.
    • Migration will be a key component of Australia’s economic recovery.
  • To date, the Government has shown a commitment to protecting the health of Australians, supporting
    businesses and jobs, and securing food supply while we combat COVID-19.
  • The Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has made a series
    of announcements in relation to:
    • temporary visa holders;
    • visa options to support the agriculture sector; and
    • student visa work conditions.
  • Information is available at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/staying-australia
  • The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they continue to support public
    health measures and critical industries.
  •  Carefully targeted migration for skilled workers who create jobs will help in Australia’s economic recovery
    from COVID-19.

4. When will the Government announce the size and the composition for the 2020-21 Migration Program?

  • In the COVID-19 recovery period, migration will be a key component of Australia’s economic
    recovery.
  • The Australian Government is considering how best to shape the Migration Program to drive
    economic growth and support job creation during this post recovery phase.
    • This will take into consideration the economic conditions in Australia, future skill needs,
      changes in the labour market and the population objectives of states and territories.
  • Until otherwise advised, the existing 2019-20 Migration Program settings will continue to remain in place.
    This means the 2020-21 planning ceiling will be retained at 160,000 places, the level set for the 2019-20
    Migration Program.
  • his includes:
    • 108,682 places for the Skill stream.
    • 47,732 places for the Family stream.
    • 236 places for the Special Eligibility stream.
    • 3,350 places for Child visas

5. Will States and Territories be given any nominations in the 2020-21 Migration Program, or are the
State/Territory skilled nominated programs and Business Innovation and Investment Program closed
indefinitely?

  • The State and Territory nominated visa programs will play an important part in Australia’s economic
    recovery and continue to be a part of the Migration Program.
  • The Australian Government is considering how best to shape the Migration Program into the future to drive
    economic growth and support job creation.
  •  Nominations will be made available to States and Territories in line with these considerations, in the
    following categories:
    • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190).
    • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491).
    • Business Innovation and Investment Program.

6. What invitation rounds for Skilled Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (Family
Sponsored) (subclass 491) continue to be run each month?

  • The Government is closely monitoring migration and visa settings to ensure they are consistent with public
    health measures, are flexible and do not displace job opportunities for Australians so that Australia can deal
    with the immediate and post recovery impacts of COVID-19.
  • Targeted invitation rounds have continued each month and prioritise skills which are in critical need and will
    aid Australia’s economic recovery.

7. What changes will be made to the Migration Program in 2020-21?

  • Until otherwise advised, the existing 2019-20 Migration Program settings, including the program size and
    composition, will remain in place.
  • he Government’s current focus is dealing with the immediate health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

8. Why did the Government decide to retain the 2019-20 Migration Program settings?

  • The Migration Program is generally announced each year as part of the Federal Budget in May.
    • Due to the Government’s focus on responding to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the 2020-21
      Budget was deferred for consideration until October 2020

9. Will stakeholders be consulted ahead of any potential changes to the 2020-21 Migration Program?

  • The Department plans to proceed with engagement with State and Territory governments regarding their
    nomination allocations for the 2020-21 Migration Program.
  • Relevant stakeholders will be advised if any further decisions are made regarding program settings for the
    2020-21 Migration Program.

10. Are migrants allowed entry to Australia during this time? If so, how is the health and safety of
Australians being protected?

  • Decisions by the ABF Commissioner to grant exemptions for travel for compassionate and compelling
    circumstances must be balanced against the Government’s intent for imposing the travel ban and the health
    risks posed to the Australian community by international travellers.
  • All travellers arriving in Australia by air or sea must be isolated in mandatory quarantine accommodation for
    14 days from their arrival, with few exceptions.
  • Travellers who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia will need to
    have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner.
    •  Each case is unique and is considered individually based on the information provided in the
      application, and supporting evidence must be provided.
    • All applications need to be completed in full, translated in English if necessary, with valid and
      readable documentation attached. Incomplete applications will be returned and this will
      delay the process.
    • Each application is considered on its own merit and applicants are informed if further
      information is required, or why the exemption has been refused.
    • Applications for exemptions must be made at least 48 hours prior to any planned travel.
    • Applications for exemptions are considered according to the date of the planned travel,
      with priority given to those needing to travel urgently.
    •  To limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Australian community, from 20 March 2020 all foreign
      nationals who do not meet the travel exemptions will not be allowed to enter Australia.
    • Temporary visa holders currently outside Australia will still need to apply for an
      exemption to travel to Australia. Those without a valid visa will not be considered for a
      travel exemption.
  • he current travel restrictions have been implemented on the advice of the Australian Health
    Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
  •  These decisions are not taken lightly, but the Government’s priority is to protect the Australian community
    against the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •  Only Australian citizens, a permanent residents, immediate family members of an Australian citizen or
    permanent resident or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia can travel to Australia.
    • For more information see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
  • Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents who hold a temporary visa will
    need to provide evidence of their relationship.

1. Capitalism will continue, but not as we know it

Many basic rules of capitalism were suspended during the early months of 2020.

Survival became more important than budget surpluses, and government intervention reached a grand scale.

At the start of April, for example, Singapore had set aside about 12 per cent of its GDP to soften the economic damage caused by the pandemic. In Australia, the federal government’s A$320 billion support package is equivalent to about 16.4 per cent of GDP.

Futurist Gerd Leonhard, who is based in Zurich, says the threat of the pandemic has caused a “global reset” that he predicts will take two or three years to iron out.

“The rules of capitalism are changing,” he says. “We cannot strictly apply only financial benefits to a relationship, and that’s become clear in the treatment of the virus.”

Leonhard predicts that prioritising human wellbeing over the prosperity of individual entities will reshape post-COVID economies.

“Consumers will be closely examining company behaviour,” he says. “They will be asking, ‘What did this company do during the COVID crisis? Did they show solidarity?

Could they be depended on? Did they bend the rules? Did they do something extra? Can they be trusted?’

“People are thinking that it’s more important for us to have a collective benefit – to have good health care and to be prepared – than to amass more money in big industry,” adds Leonhard. “That’s clearly not an open, Milton Friedman kind of place. That’s more like a place of social capitalism, which has been practised in Europe in various forms.”

Dr Angus Hervey, political economist and co-founder of Melbourne-based think tank Future Crunch, says the pandemic will contribute to a shift in perceptions of value.

“In the wake of this crisis, you probably want to be the kind of business that’s creating more value than you capture.”

Hervey says corporate social responsibility will need to transcend rhetoric in a postpandemic world.

“I think businesses are really going to be under scrutiny,” he says. “What kind of product do you make? What are your business practises? Where are you sourcing your materials? What’s your plan for end of life, when those materials get thrown away? I think social and environmental responsibility now moves right to the top of the list, and the reason is because that’s all we’re talking about right now.”

Leonhard adds that business priorities will be reshaped as a result of the crisis.

“It will become about people, planet, purpose, prosperity,” he says. “It’s what I call the quadruple bottom line.”

2. It’s what you do, not where you do it

For many people, the current commute to work involves a short walk from one room of the home to another.

A survey from Gartner HR reveals that 88 per cent of organisations across the globe have encouraged or required employees to work from home during the crisis. Gartner research also shows that 74 per cent intend to shift some employees to remote work permanently.

However, futurist Chris Riddell, who is based in Melbourne and Los Angeles, says that people will still choose to work from offices next year because “humans crave connections”.

“Work is a thing that we do, not a place that we will go to as time goes on,” he says. “The networking and incidental conversations that occur in a workplace are so important, and just can’t be replicated in a scheduled teleconference call.”

Riddell says workplace design will change to accommodate new ways of working.

“Office spaces may become smaller as more people will choose to work from home when it suits them,” he says. “Trends like hot-desking will disappear. It’s a cost-saving rationalisation measure done by a lot of corporates, but it’s never really made a lot of sense, especially as office space will get smaller, and there will be restrictions on sharing equipment to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.”

Will workers spend less time in an office? “Absolutely,” says Riddell. “The pandemic has stress-tested our businesses to the absolute max when it comes to technology. It’s been tough for many, but they’ve discovered that remote working does work.”

3. Cybersecurity takes centre stage

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch website has received more than 2000 COVID-19-related scam reports, with over A$700,000 in reported losses since March. Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping and superannuation scams.

Sydney-based futurist Shara Evans says remote-working conditions have left many businesses vulnerable to cybercrime, but that cybersecurity measures required tightening even before the pandemic.

“Even without COVID-19, there are a lot of practices I see businesses engaging in that are quite alarming,” she says. “Information that can be used for identity theft is still being sent through unencrypted email, for example. Cybersecurity training for employees has been missing in action for too long, and it will have to change.”

“Collaboration will shape new business models… businesses will no longer be as darwinistic, because we now need to invent together.” Gerd Leonhard, The Futures Agency

Data from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner shows that human error accounted for 39 per cent of data breaches across all legal, accounting and management services in 2019.

“Cybersecurity may have taken a back seat as companies scrambled to keep things going, but that will change,” Evans says.

Security measures such as the establishment of chief information security officer roles, rolling out security awareness programs and the implementation of cyber incident response plans are likely to become more widely adopted.

“Cybersecurity will be a greater focus a year from now, because it has to be,” Evans says.

4. A new era of hyper-collaboration

Responses to the pandemic have required a collaborative effort. Apple and Google teamed up to create COVID-19 contact tracing technology in April this year, and leaders across Europe announced an international alliance in May with the aim of raising billions of pounds to help find a vaccine and treatments for the virus.

Leonhard says “hyper-collaboration” will become the new normal in 2021.

“Collaboration will shape new business models,” he says. “For example, hotels and restaurants are already teaming up, rather than competing, to attract bookings and to share marketing expenses.

“Business will no longer be as Darwinistic, because now we need to invent together.”

Hervey says businesses will need to build new mechanisms for collaboration, and says inspiration is likely to come for the scientific community.

“The speed at which science is moving in terms of understanding, tracking and building antivirals is the fastest in history, because there are incredible mechanisms for collaboration. The scientific community has spent decades practising collaboration, and those practices and norms of behaviour are now really coming into their own.

“I think what’s going to be interesting for business is to see where they can start building similar mechanisms for collaboration, for whenever the next crisis hits.”

5. A multipolar future for Asia

Home to the world’s second-largest economy, China is the most dominant power in Asia. However, that may change in the post-COVID world, according to Dr Parag Khanna.

Khanna is founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario-based strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, and author of The Future Is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the 21st Century.

He says the impact of COVID-19 may facilitate the emergence of a truly multipolar Asia, where power is not dominated by one country, but distributed among many.

“If there is one silver lining from the pandemic, it is the geopolitical outcome, which is that there will be a greater balance of power and the non-dominance of any one power – in Asia, in particular, and in Eurasia in general,” he says.

6. Adaptability beats efficiency

The rush towards greater business efficiency has been picking up steam since the 1980s, but Hervey predicts that adaptability will become more prized.

“What we’ve discovered during the pandemic is that if you’re super-efficient with distributed global supply chains and just-in-time manufacturing, and you have pared your HR costs down to the bone, and trimmed any fat in your business, when a crisis like this hits, you’re in big trouble.”

Hervey says the businesses that will survive – and eventually thrive – are those that have prioritised adaptability.

“We live in a world now where we’re going to get these black swan events,” he says. “We’re going to put in place measures and procedures to account for this, and they might be the opposite of efficiency.”

Hervey explains that this is not to say adaptability will come at the expense of efficiency.

“It’s just a different way of structuring the business,” he explains. “The argument for adaptability has to be made from the top, because when you’ve got businesses that have prioritised efficiency for so long, you’re going to get push-back. I think we’re just going to see adaptability being talked about in more boardrooms as more of a strategic priority, and companies will be more willing to accept extra costs in order to build [adaptability] into their business model.”

7. Empathy trumps ego

Decisive leadership has helped shape the more successful responses to the pandemic. Leaders such as Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen, Germany’s Angela Merkel and New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern have been singled out as models of effective management under pressure.

Is it a mere coincidence that they are all women?

“I think it’s dangerous to typecast female leadership into a particular style,” Hervey says. “My hope is not that female or male leadership comes up looking better or worse at the end of this crisis. My hope is that styles of leadership come out looking better after this crisis.

“Certainly, the ego-led style of leadership has been an absolute disaster,” he says. “It’s not going to emerge looking very good.

“Empathetic leadership, or leadership that is willing to change its mind – if those styles of leadership suddenly look better in the wake of this crisis, then I’ll be delighted.”

Source: https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2020/07/01/7-predictions-for-new-normal-post-pandemic

Canberrans have responded well to the COVID-19 pandemic so far.

It will be with us for some time into the future, and we must continue to practise the key actions that will help keep our community safe.

Wash or sanitise your hands regularly, stay 1.5 metres away from others, stay home if you’re sick, and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild.

Your Health:

Limited changes made to Step 2.2 restrictions

From today some limited changes to Step 2.2 restrictions relating to the sport and hospitality sectors have come into effect. Further measures in Step 2.2 restrictions will remain in place.

Following careful consideration, a number of small exceptions will be allowed.  This will mean:

In addition to their current requirements all hospitality venues and licensed premises must prominently display the maximum number of patrons allowed in the venue under COVID restrictions.

Read about the changes here.

Visitor restrictions back in place at Canberra health facilities

We understand your wish to visit loved ones or accompany them to the hospital. In response to the changing circumstances with COVID-19, health facilities in the ACT have returned to tighter visitor restrictions until further notice.

The decision to restrict visitors to our health services is always a difficult one, but it ensures we can protect the health and safety of patients, staff and their loved ones.

Find out more.

New digital screening tool for hospital visits 

A new digital screening tool is making it easier to determine if it is safe for someone to enter a hospital or health facility in Canberra.

The tool must be filled in before entering and a green tick or red cross will show whether or not it is safe to enter. All you need to do is show screening
staff what is on your phone.

To access the online screening, scan the QR code on the health screening posters as you enter or fill in your details online. The screening tool will also be available on the ACT Health App soon.

Find out more.

Your City & Community

Keeping hands clean in the city

Hand sanitiser dispensers are now available in high-traffic locations in the City and Braddon.

Each sanitiser dispenser is co-located next to common touch points such as public bins, parking metres, bike racks and pedestrian crossing buttons. There’s also signage to help users apply sanitiser correctly.

The community is encouraged to make use of the stations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

Your Family

Update on Stage 3 easing of COVID-19 restrictions in ACT public schools

ACT public school students across all years will continue with on-campus learning when term 3 starts on Monday 20 July. Students vulnerable to
COVID-19 will be supported with remote learning.

Schools will continue to limit the number of adults on school grounds and parents should avoid entering the school building where possible.

Where scheduled events are planned – such as one-to-one parent-teacher interviews and small assemblies – parents can attend the school; however, physical distancing and hygiene requirements must always be adhered to by adults. Records will be kept of visitors entering the school.

Inter-school sport can take place within the ACT region with groups of under 100, including adults.

 

Look out for your neighbours

While some restrictions have eased, there are still people in our community who are physically isolating or who remain at greater health risk. This also means they are more likely to be socially isolated and disconnected.

The ‘Know Your Neighbour’ initiative encourages our community to reach out to our neighbours and provide practical assistance, as well as social connections, for those who might be struggling.

A ‘Know your Neighbour’ card will prompt you to provide your name, contact information, and ways you can provide support to someone in need.

Whether it’s a phone call, walking the dog or picking up some essentials – small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to their day.

The cards will be distributed by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers across many Canberra suburbs and will also be available from libraries, community centres, government shopfronts and some supermarkets and cafés.

 

Your Livelihood

 Community supporting local business through COVID

Support from the Canberra community has ensured people have jobs to go to, suppliers have orders to fill and businesses have customers to serve.

But, this pandemic isn’t over. Local businesses still need your help. Every decision you make on where to spend your money has the potential to help Canberra recover from COVID-19.  Choose local to support our locals.

The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to
ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from
the COVID-19 pandemic.
International students are extremely important to Australia and our economy, contributing
$40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great
Australian citizens.
While the closure of our international borders has been critical to our success in slowing the
spread of the coronavirus, and Australia has been a leader in this regard, it has presented
challenges to the education sector and students, both here and offshore.
These five visa changes will ensure international students are not worse off due to the
coronavirus pandemic and that Australia remains competitive with other countries.
The changes include:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged
    outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas
    and be able to make arrangements to travel.
  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of
    charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity
    due to COVID-19.
  • Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will
    be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a
    post-study work visa.
  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa
    outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where
    COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan
Tudge said the changes provide assurance to international students already in Australia and
those who haven’t been able to travel due to COVID-19 border closures.

“These measures back the international education sector – our fourth largest export sector
– and will assist its recovery,” Mr Tudge said.

“In making these changes, we have been guided by the principles that the health of
Australians is key, but that international students should not be further disadvantaged by
COVID-19.

“We are a welcoming nation with a world-class education system and some of the lowest
rates of COVID-19 in the world. Students want to study here and we want to welcome them
back in a safe and measured way when it is safe to do so.

“Doing so will not only support the education sector, it will also have flow-on effects for
many local communities and businesses, including accommodation services, tourism,
hospitality and retail.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the changes would give international students
confidence in their visa arrangements so they can make plans to study in Australia when it is
safe to do so.

“Our remarkable efforts in controlling the spread of the virus mean we can begin to
welcome back international students in a COVID safe way once state borders re-open and
face-to-face learning resumes,” Mr Tehan said.

“As well as supporting jobs, international education builds our connection to the rest of the
world and supports a number of critical industries like health, aged and disability care.”

The Government has previously relaxed work restrictions for international students working
in the health, aged and disability care sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also
been flexible in cases where the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented international students
meeting their visa conditions, such as not being able attend classes in person.

 

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP
MINISTER FOR POPULATION, CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE ACTING MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION,
CITIZENSHIP, MIGRANT SERVICES AND
MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

Great NEWS for current and potential students, and potential graduate 485 visa applicants.

The announcement was made today by Hon Ministers Alan Tudge (Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) and Dan Tehan (Minister for Education).

👉 Offshore processing of student visas to recommence, so that students can travel to Australia when borders re-open.

👉 No Visa Application Charges for further student visa required because they were unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.

👉 Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a
post-study work visa.

👉 Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.

👉 Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

For those student who have missed their clinical hours, CoE will be extended free of charge to enable students to complete their course. On top of that, to extend their visa accordingly with Department of Home Affairs now is also FREE as per the changes above  
 

As we continue to work through the uncertainty resulting from the pandemic and other challenges, we are aware of the need to maintain communications with students. I ask you to regularly check in with student and us should you require any further information and available assistance. 

 

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COVID_19 Update

The past two weeks have seen no new cases of COVID-19 emerge in the ACT. 
But with an outbreak occurring on the south coast, we need to remain vigilant
to continue to protect the health of our community and economy.

Thank you to everyone who has identified themselves to ACT Health after attending the Bateman’s Bay Soldiers Club and who is now in self-quarantine.  It’s a testament to the Canberra community’s strength and determination to stop any outbreak of COVID-19 here in the ACT and to not see a resurgence in cases.

Working together, our city will continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. 

Your Health

Update on Stage 3 easing of COVID-19 restrictions 

Following a ‘COVID Safe check point’ and advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, we will not move forward with the implementation of Stage 3 restrictions in the ACT for a further two weeks. 

No new changes outlined in Stage 3 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan will proceed tomorrow, Friday 24 July 2020. We will remain in Step 2.2. 

So far, the ACT community has done an outstanding job in responding to the threat of COVID-19.  

It has allowed the Territory to carefully ease restrictions over the past few months without putting a strain on our health system.  

We all know what the impact of going backwards will be on our economy, and with new cases being confirmed everyday across New South Wales (NSW), we need to be cautious.

Read more.

Travelling to and from COVID-19 affected areas

We are urging Canberrans not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring. Currently this includes all travel to Victoria and travel to some locations across New South Wales.

A series of self quarantine requirements are now in place for people who need to travel to the ACT from COVID-19 affected areas. 

 

COVID-19 testing clinics in the ACT

Do you need to get tested for COVID-19? There are several free COVID-19 testing clinics operating, and to help meet sustained demand we will next week add a southside drive-through testing clinic at Kambah. More information on the new site will be added to the website soon. 

The new site will complement recently opened testing clinics at the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre in Kippax and the COVID-19 Surge Centre on Garran Oval, as well as the EPIC drive-through and Weston Creek Respiratory Assessment Clinic locations.

Testing at the Garran Oval clinic is available seven days a week from 9.30am to 5pm. The West Belconnen clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm.

No appointment is required. 

Digital screening continues in Canberra health facilities

We’ve enhanced our digital health screening processes to keep everyone safe when entering our health facilities across Canberra.

A simple digital form must be filled in before entering our health facilities and a green tick or red cross will show whether or not it is safe to enter. All you need to do is show screening staff the green tick with that day’s date on your phone and you can enter.

For anyone who doesn’t have a phone, you can answer the same questions at the screening desk before entering the facility.

Complete the screening form via the ACT Health App or online. 

Your Family

New health initiatives for vulnerable Canberrans 

We’re helping improve support for people in our community with chronic and complex needs—particularly those who may have difficulty accessing and navigating mainstream health and social services. 

Funding of $1.35 million has been allocated to deliver better care for these groups, with phase one to include funding for three integrated health care services in the ACT. 

Find out more.

Canberrans doing their life admin online – Thank you!

Access Canberra continues to support Canberrans with their life admin during COVID-19. 

To support safety of the community, as well as Access Canberra, there is an increased availability of digital services. More than 450 services and transactions can now be done online—anytime or anywhere, including from home. 

Service Centres are still operating from 9am to 3.45pm weekdays;  however, please note that physical distancing arrangements are in place.  This can mean increased queuing—so check if you may be able to do the transaction online first, and save yourself a trip! 

Access Canberra appreciates the kindness, support and patience of the community as we work hard to continue to provide services safely.

Your livelihood

Extending support for COVID-19 impacted residential tenants 

The moratorium period for COVID-19 impacted residential tenants has been extended for three months to 22 October 2020.  
 
In addition, COVID-19 impacted households will now be able to terminate their fixed-term tenancy agreements early, without penalty. 

Paving the way for more Jobs for Canberrans recruits

The Jobs for Canberrans program has assisted hundreds of people gain employment opportunities as part of our city’s response to COVID-19. 

One of these recruits, Claire Zhu, is now ensuring more Canberrans have the chance to gain a job through the program. 

A recent Jobs for Canberrans recruit, Claire is now assisting others with their application process to join the program.  

 

Your City & Community

A green oasis coming to City Walk 

City Walk will soon be transformed into a green oasis bringing new life to our city centre for Canberrans and visitors.  

Upgrades include major landscape improvements, new garden beds, lawns, places to sit and new trees.   

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