News and events COVID-19 information and resources COVID-19 information and resources Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is committed to supporting and keeping its members up to date in responding to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is providing this information as general information. The information provided by Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is not legal advice. If you are seeking further clarification or have specific matters of concern, you should seek independent legal advice. On this page: Current directions for neighbourhood houses (up until 11.59pm Thursday 21 October) Upcoming directions for neighbourhood houses (from 22 October) Required COVID-19 vaccinations for on-site workers Required COVID-19 vaccinations for ECEC (including OSHC) staff Roadmap out of lockdown Relevant information and resources Business support packages Translated resources Online training Promoting the vaccination program Mental health resources We are here for you Current directions for neighbourhood houses (up until 11.59pm Thursday 21 October) A person is not permitted to enter a neighbourhood house if: they are feeling unwell they have been potentially exposed to the virus and have not yet been tested they have been tested but are still awaiting their test result they have tested positive and should be self-isolating Metro Melbourne, Mildura settings: Neighbourhood houses must close to the general public (i.e. no casual drop ins) All non-essential activities must be put on-hold or moved online Access to childcare and kinder services are permitted for authorised workers who hold a permit, and vulnerable children (as of 11.59pm, 23 August 2021) Essential food relief (pick up and delivery only) and other essential support services for vulnerable community members are permitted Adult community education: must be conducted remotely Outdoor playgrounds: Open for children under 12 years with one parent/carer Work: Neighbourhood house staff/volunteers are listed as authorised workers for providing essential support services. An authorised worker permit is required for staff who are working onsite. These permits are issued by the employer and must be carried at all times. See full table of restrictions (pdf) Regional Victoria settings (excluding Mildura): Open with maximum of 20 people per facility (this cap does not include staff or children in childcare/kinder) Childcare/kinder: open for regional Victorian children, open to children of metropolitan Melbourne authorised workers, single parents and vulnerable children Adult community education: Closed, remote learning only Indoor physical recreation: Allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer Outdoor physical recreation: Allowed with up to 20 people and a trainer Outdoor playgrounds: Open Work: 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies Face masks must be work at all times See full table of restrictions (pdf) Upcoming directions for neighbourhood houses (from Friday 22 October) A person is not permitted to enter a neighbourhood house if: they are feeling unwell they have been potentially exposed to the virus and have not yet been tested they have been tested but are still awaiting their test result they have tested positive and should be self-isolating Metro Melbourne settings: Fully vaccinated: Outdoor only, DQ4, 50 cap Groups of 10 permitted for essential support (vaccinated status does not apply) Adult education (pre-accredited and accredited training): Must learn from home, on-site learning for hands-on, skills based learning Early childhood education and care: Open to children already permitted to attend (vaccination status not required) and open for children with fully vaccinated parent(s) Regional Victoria settings: Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 30 cap, outdoors DQ2 and 100 cap Unknown vaccination: No change from previous (20 persons per facility) Adult education (pre-accredited and accredited training): Must learn from home, on-site learning for hands-on, skills based learning Early childhood education and care: Open for all regional Victorian children and metropolitan Melbourne children already attending Checking vaccination status of participants In circumstances where it is required to know the vaccination status of participants, you can find guidance here. Ensuring COVID-Safe practice Please ensure everyone is observing the highest standards of COVID-Safe practice. This includes: Using the Victorian Government's QR Code Check In (and a paper alternative for people who do not use technology) Face mask enforcement Hand sanitizer at entry and other key location points Physical distancing (1.5 meters including no hugs or hand shakes) Regular disinfecting of high touch points and surfaces Clear signage displayed at your premises and messaging via your regular channels Find out more The latest directions can always be found on the coronavirus restriction levels page. For neighbourhood houses that are Learn Local and/or RTOs, find out more here. For neighbourhood houses that provide early childhood services, find out more here. Required COVID-19 vaccinations for on-site workers On Friday 1 October 2021, Premier Dan Andrews announced that in order to work on-site: From 15 October, workers will need to have received or be booked in for a first dose by 22 October 2021 (or provide a medical exemption) be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021 (unless medically exempt) Click here for more information and resources relating to this requirement Required COVID-19 vaccinations for ECEC (including OSHC) staff Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is providing this information as general information. The information provided by Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is not legal advice. If you are seeking further clarification or have specific matters of concern, you should seek independent legal advice. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has, via a Public Health Order, determined that COVID-19 vaccination will be a requirement of work for staff (including volunteers) who work in early childhood education and care (ECEC) including outside hours school care (OSHC) services. All staff who work in ECEC are: required to have a first dose by 18 October 2021, or be able to produce evidence of a vaccination booking within that week (by 25 October), unless a medical exemption applies. are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 15 December 2021 unless a medical exemption applies. Staff will be required to show evidence of their vaccination status or medical exemption to their employer. See Public Health Order: COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Specified Facilities) Directions See Information for workers required to be vaccinated Relevant information on the FairWork website: COVID-19 vaccinations: legislation and public health orders COVID-19 vaccinations: workplace rights and obligations COVID-19 vaccinations: resolving workplace issues Roadmap out of lockdown On Sunday 19 September 2021, Premier Daniel Andrews announced a roadmap out of Victoria's lockdown. We have extracted the relevant areas for neighbourhood houses in the tables below. To see the full roadmap, visit the Coronavirus Victoria website. If you provide early childhood services, see this page. The following information is indicative only and subject to change, and no detail has yet been provided. Dates and settings are subject to Public Health consideration of epidemiology at the time. Metro Melbourne: 80% of 16+ with a single dose Passed 70% of 16+ fully vaccinated Confirmed date: 11.59pm 21 October 2021 80% of 16+ fully vaccinated Indicative date: 5 November 2021 Community facilities including neighbourhood houses Closed, unless hosting an essential public support service Permitted for groups of 10 for essential support. Permitted to remain open for ‘click and collect’ purposes to facilitate loaning, and returning books, toys, and other items from these facilities Fully vaccinated: Outdoor only, DQ4 50 cap Hosting an essential public support service permitted Permitted for groups of 10 for essential support (vaccinated status does not apply). Can remain open ‘click and collect’ Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2 500 cap Permitted for groups of 10 foressential support (vaccinatedstatus does not apply) Childcare Open to vulnerable and children of single parents and APAW workers. DQ of 1 person per 4sqm except in spaces used by children/for the purposes of student use. Only one parent or guardian (if two parent / guardian family) is required to be on the APAW List, either working away from home or working at home but no alternative supervision. x2 weekly PCR testing for employees crossing in-out of metro/regional Open to children already attending (vulnerable children and children of parents who were APAW workers prior to 26/10) Open for children with fully vaccinated parent(s) Open Adult education Closed, remote learning only. Final exams to proceed enabled by APAW List. Must learn from home, on-site learning for hands-on, skillsbased learning Final exams to proceed enabled by APAW List. Learn from home if you can, on-site learning for hands-on, skills-based learning AND, On-site if you are fully vaccinated, DQ4 Physical recreation Outdoor facilities open for contactless recreation All others closed Fully vaccinated: Outdoor personal training up to 5 cap If not fully vaccinated: Outdoor personal training up to two people plus the trainer Five people allowed to broadcast workout instructions at a gym Fully vaccinated: Outdoor only, DQ4, 50 cap Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2, 500 cap Regional Victoria: 80% of 16+ with a single dose Passed 70% of 16+ fully vaccinated Confirmed date: 11.59pm 21 October 2021 80% of 16+ fully vaccinated Indicative date: 5 November 2021* Community facilities including neighbourhood houses Allowed with up to 20 personsper facility Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 30 cap, outdoors DQ2 and100 cap Unknown vaccination: no change from previous Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2 and 500 cap Childcare Open for regional Victorianchildren Open to children of MM APAWworkers and vulnerablechildren In-home childminding in the home allowed, must be fromRV. x2 weekly PCR testing foremployees crossing in-out ofmetro/regional Open for all regional Victorianchildren and metropolitanMelbourne children of APAWworkers Open Adult education Closed, remote learning only. Final exams to proceed enabled by APAW List. Must learn from home, on-site learning for hands-on, skillsbased learning Final exams to proceed enabled by APAW List (those on list prior to 26/10). Learn from home if you can, on-site learning for hands-on, skills-based learning AND, On-site if you are fully vaccinated, DQ4 Physical recreation Outdoor personal trainingwith up to 10 people/trainer Community sport: outsideonly, training only. Minimumnumber required for the sport,no spectators Community recreationfacilities: outdoors only, 20 pplper facility Caps do not apply if 50 metresdistance can be maintainedbetween groups outdoors (e.g.golf) Indoor physical recreationopen (gyms), with 10 personsper facility indoors, 20 per facility outdoors, DQ4 Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4and 30 cap, outdoors DQ2 and100 cap Community sport: outdooronly, training only. Minimumnumber required for the sport,spectators: public gatheringlimits apply Unknown vaccination: nochange from previous Fully vaccinated: Indoors DQ4 and 150 cap, outdoors DQ2, 500 cap Information and resources for reopening DHHS - Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the Victorian neighbourhood house sector This guidance supplements the COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Neighbourhood House Sector released in April 2020, to continue to provide advice in support of an ongoing coordinated approach to delivering services as Victoria cautiously eases restrictions. COVID Safe Plan All neighbourhood houses across Victoria which are operating on-site must have completed a COVID Safe Plan. Signs, posters and templates for your workplace A collection of templates, questionnaires, signage and posters to promote a COVIDSafe workplace. Cleaning and disinfection Workplaces need to clean and disinfect surfaces - both steps are essential. High touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly, at least twice daily. Confirmed case in the workplace Information and advice for businesses who have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace. Employers must notify WorkSafe of COVID-19 cases Timely notification of potential workplace transmission of coronavirus (COVID 19) is critical for effective management of related health and safety risks and the prompt investigation of potential breaches of employer duties. Face masks in the workplace Information for employers about the mandatory wearing of face masks. Record keeping requirements To support contact tracing, organisations must keep a record of people who attend their premises for 28 days. Signage templates Prepared by Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. Simple instructional signage which you can edit and print to your needs. This document will open in Microsoft Word. Logistics checklist for reinstating in person activities Prepared by the CHAOS Network. This is a brainstorm of planning and practical considerations as houses move towards reopening. This document will open in Microsoft Word. Factsheet - What if our organisation becomes a site linked to COVID-19 infection? Prepared by the CHANH Network. Despite the easing of restrictions, COVID-19 is still present in the Victorian community so there is a risk that your neighbourhood house could become a site linked to coronavirus infection. It is important to take all the necessary precautions and manage community perception before and after a potential COVID-19 incident. Safe Work Australia - COVID-19 workplace tool kit Includes a range of resources for organisations to download and display in their workplaces, including checklists, infographics, fact sheets for industry and posters on handwashing, hygiene and physical distancing. Volunteering Victoria - Leading people during Covid-19 Resources include Re-starting Your Volunteer Program and the Welcoming Volunteers Back Safely Checklist. VMIA - Community Service Organisations Program All NHCP-funded neighbourhood houses receive this coverage. Find out what is and isn't covered. Justice Connect - Covid-19 response Justice Connect has created a range of initiatives to provide legal help to community organisations affected by the pandemic. This includes free resources and webinars on issues not-for-profits are facing, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings and navigating employment challenges. Business support packages The State Government announces business support packages with each lock down. Find out more. Neighbourhood houses are eligible if their ANZSIC code is 8219 (Adult Community and Other Education). Find out how to view and update your ANZSIC code. If you have any enquiries, please contact our Chief Operating Officer Cameron MacRae at [email protected] Posters Wash your hands regularly posters Cover your cough and sneeze posters Slowing the spread of coronavirus posters Signage for businesses Translated resources State translated resources SBS - news and information in 63 languages Department of Health vaccine rollout information Online training Department of Health - COVID-19 infection control trainingOnce you register, a list of courses will appear. We recommend you only complete the course titled 'Infection Control Training - COVID 19'. Promoting the vaccination program Here are some campaign resources to help you promote getting vaccinated to your local community: Neighbourhood Houses Victoria / State Government - There's One Million Reasons to Get Vaccinated(to be part of this campaign, email [email protected]) VCOSS - Back to the Good Things North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network - Goodbye COVID Australian Government - Vaccination Campaign Materials Victorian Aboriginal COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign - Community Unity Immunity State Government - Voices for Vaccines State Government - Voices for Vaccines - promoting for early childhood You may want to purchase a batch of badges for your staff and volunteers to wear - these are a highly visible way of demonstrating vaccine pride and a great conversation starter. Make Badges (Made in Australia, based in Thomastown, Victoria) Mental health resources Beyond Blue - Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support ServiceRegularly updated with information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health during this time. DHHS - mental health resourcesIncludes links for where to get help. World Health Organisation - Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreakMessages targeting different groups to support mental and psychosocial wellbeing during COVID-19 outbreak. We are here for you While the NHVic Office is closed with staff working remotely from home, we continue to be here for our members during this period. Our main number (03) 9602 1228 is being redirected to the mobile number of a staff member if you want to have a chat. Our main email inbox continues to be monitored at [email protected] if you want to send us updates or forward on useful information. We are also keeping our members updated directly via our e-bulletins, online sessions via Zoom, and our private Member's Facebook Group. This group is specifically for neighbourhood house managers, staff and committee members to stay connected with the sector, seek advice, discuss response measures, and receive the latest information. We also have three other targeted groups which may be relevant to you: Finance, Childcare and Adult Community Education Providers.