Changes to Victorian coronavirus rules from 11.59pm on Thursday 6 January 2022.
It will be mandatory to report the result of a positive RAT to the Department of Health through an online form or by phone – ensuring people can access the care and information they need, including monitoring for worsening symptoms and financial support for isolation.
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Work and study
Rapid Antigen Test update:
As of Sunday 2 January 2022, the public will be able to access free RAT kits at the Melbourne Showgrounds testing site, after which free RATs will be available at all testing sites across the state as well as a selection of other locations.
Please keep an eye on the website for further details
If it has been four or more months since you had your second COVID-19 vaccination, and you are aged 18 or over, you are now eligible to get your third dose (booster).
A COVID-19 third dose is strongly recommended to help keep you and your loved ones protected from COVID-19.
Eligible people will receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You can safely get either of these vaccines as your third dose, regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses.
- Book your third dose through a GP or pharmacy using the vaccine clinic finder
- You can also book at a Victorian vaccination centre
- For more information on third doses
5-11 year old vaccination
You can now book the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds at your local GP or pharmacy.
Getting kids vaccinated will help:
- keep schools open, so kids can have more face-to-face learning and playtime with their friends
- reduce the spread of COVID-19
- protect them from getting sick from COVID-19.
Appointments are available at Victorian GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations and family-friendly vaccination centres from January 2022.
Changes to COVID-19 contact tracing rules
There have been changes to the isolation requirements of people exposed to COVID-19. Contacts have now been sorted into differing groups, which have specific isolation and testing requirements.
Please see the new definitions below:
- Household contacts: If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or have spent more than four hours with them at a private residence, accommodation or care facility.
- Social contacts: If you know and spent time with someone who has COVID-19, and you aren't a household contact. They have informed you that you are a social contact.
- Workplace contacts: If you’re a worker (including subcontractors) who has spent time indoors with another worker who had COVID-19. Your work has informed you that you are a workplace contact.
- Education contacts: If you or your child went to school or childcare (including early childhood education) and spent time with someone who has COVID-19. Your education facility has informed you or your child is an education contact.
Changes to Temporary Graduate visa
The Australian Government announced measures to support the return of international students and graduates by:
- Allowing Temporary Graduate visa holders, who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 international border restrictions, to apply for a replacement visa;
- Increasing the length of stay on Temporary Graduate visas in the Masters by Coursework and Vocation Education and Training (VET) streams;
- Simplifying the requirements for Temporary Graduate visa applicants for VET sector graduates; and
- Extending the existing measure for student and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a Temporary Graduate visa application.
NSW And Victoria Remove 72-Hour Isolation Requirement For International Arrivals
Affective from the beginning of Tuesday 21 December 2021 all fully vaccinated international travellers and flight crew arriving in NSW and Victoria will be required to get a PCR test within 24 hours after arrival and isolate until they receive a negative result. Under existing arrangements they are also required to produce a negative pre-departure test, within three days of boarding their flight.
- You can leave home if there is an emergency.
- You can leave home if there is family violence or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk. If you are stopped by police, tell them you are feeling unsafe at home and they will help you. Safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email email@example.com for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- If you need to leave home, you must wear a face mask, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
Other ways to stay safe
- Always wash your hands before you leave, and when you return home.
- Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
- Never, ever go out if you are unwell unless it is to get tested.
- After you get tested, you must go straight home.
- Remember that the most important thing you can do is get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
- Get vaccinated.
To learn more about Victoria's restrictions
- Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.
- For up to date information, Department of Health's website in English or
- Other Languages
- Read 6/1 more about Victoria restrictions via The Age
- Read 6/1 Statement from Minister for Health Martin Foley
Relief and Community Support links:
- What to do if you are a close contact
- Financial support for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Isolation and quarantine – extra help and support
- Mental health resources
- Mental health support services
- Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Emergency relief packages
- COVID business information
- COVIDSafe religion and ceremony guidance
You can now get vaccinated at pharmacies
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination just got easier. The Australian Government is rolling out 440,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through pharmacies across the country..
Like the Pfizer vaccination, Moderna is currently recommended for people between 12 and 59 years old.
- Find out more about Moderna patient fact sheet.
Is it true? With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That's why accurate, evidence-based answers to questions is available about COVID-19 vaccines.
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines – Is it true?
Have you booked your vaccine? Everyone in Australia can get the vaccination when it's their turn. Currently in Victoria, anyone aged 40 or over is eligible for the free vaccine, along with people with particular underlying conditions.
Everyone living in Australia aged 18 and over who has completed their primary two-dose course of vaccination at least six months ago is now eligible to have an additional booster shot.
The booster rollout program will initially target population groups that were prioritised for early vaccination, because the great majority of people within these cohorts are now ready for their booster vaccination, having had their second dose six or more months ago.
Use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker in 15 languages to find out when you can book your vaccination and arm yourself.
AUST | GOV | Arm yourself against COVID-19The Australian Government has launched a new campaign to encourage eligible Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19.The Arm Yourself campaign urges Australians to protect themselves, their loved ones, the people they care about, and the wider community by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Check your eligibility for the vaccine in languages other than English
The Australian Government Department of Health is committed to making information on COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone in Australia. The Department of Health is asking community leaders for their support in sharing this critical information via video.
The COVID-19 Vaccination – How to make your own video guide is designed to help community leaders develop their own videos to share vaccine information with their communities.
The video is part of a raft of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples explaining the importance of the vaccination. You can browse other resources here.
AUST | EVME | ENCOURAGING | Be Well Stay Well in-language videos
Evolve Media (EVME) and a team of six bicultural workers came together to produce several in-language videos to promote COVID-safe behaviour and wellbeing.
Over the past two months, the working group have held weekly meetings and worked collaboratively to co-design video messages and content. You can find links to the completed in-language videos below:
- Watch 'Getting back to the good things' (1 min) is available in English and 10 other languages.
- Watch 'performance of a lifetime' (2 mins)
Goodbye COVID videos are in 20 languages, along with scripts and more information.
MELB | NWMPHN | Goodbye COVID Vaccination VideoNorth Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) worked with local community leaders to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Getting vaccinated protects yourself and your loved ones. When enough of us are vaccinated, life will be better for everyone.
Aged care residents have also shared their experience getting the COVID-19 vaccines. Videos come with captions in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean and Vietnamese.
- A COVID – 19 Digital certificate, which shows you have received both doses of a COVID vaccine. For more information visit Getting help during coronavirus (COVID-19) - COVID-19 digital certificate as proof - Services Australia
- An immunisation history statement which lists COVID -19 vaccinations and all other vaccinations. For more information visit Australian Immunisation Register - How to get an immunisation history statement - Services Australia
It’s quick to get an immunisation history statement online. Download your statement now so you are ready to show it when you need to gain entry to places you want or need to visit.
Most people can get their proof using their Medicare online account through myGov. You just need to make sure you’ve got a myGov account set up and that you’ve linked it to Medicare.
- Call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to post your immunisation history statement, noting that it may take up to 14 days to arrive. Call 1800 653 809 from Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
- Call Medicare on 13 20 11 and ask them to send you a printed copy. They are on the phones 24 hours 7 days a week. You can also ask for interpretation in your language when you call Medicare.
- Ask someone who has internet access for help with online if you need it quickly who can help you to print it off. You will need a MyGov account (www.my.gov.au)
- Ask at your GP clinic, pharmacy or community centre for help in printing your COVID certificate.
The resources include general information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as well as information about how to get proof of your vaccinations.