Latest restriction advice

Coronavirus restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria change regularly. Stay up-to-date with Victoria’s restrictions levels.

If you are in Victoria and you think you may have coronavirus call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – 1800 675 398.

Every test helps

Getting tested is safe and free for everyone. This includes international students.

Get tested if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell.

If you are worried about losing wages, you may be eligible for a $450 payment. If you test positive or are a close contact of someone who tests positive, a $1500 payment is available so you can stay home.

Find out where you can get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) near your home.

Staying safe and well

Everyone in Victoria must wear a face mask when leaving home. Learn more about Victoria’s face mask requirements.

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • From 11:59pm 11 October 2020, all Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home, no matter where they live, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. A face mask needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth.
  • If you feel unwell do not go to work.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for test result or you have tested positive and need to self-isolate you may be eligible for a worker support payment.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

Learn more about how to stay safe and well

Health costs

If you are a student from overseas on a temporary student visa it is a condition of your visa to maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of your visa. This means you need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy up to date as long as you hold this visa.

For international students who do not have adequate insurance coverage, Victorian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment if you need to seek medical advice or treatment for symptoms of coronavirus. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people suspected to have coronavirus, who are taken to Victorian hospitals for assessment.

These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with coronavirus symptoms seeking early medical advice. Seeking medical treatment will not affect your visa. For more information, visit the DHHS website.

Stay connected

Make sure you get correct and up-to-date #coronavirus information for Melbourne and Victoria by following:

Australian Government Coronavirus Australia app and Whatsapp Feature

  • The Australian Government has launched an official app with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). It will assist you to get accurate and timely information about what is being done by governments around the country to support you.
  • Search "Coronavirus Australia" in the Apple App Store and on Google Play to download or access the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Wellbeing and Mental Health

For more information regarding mental health and wellbeing please visit our Wellbeing and Mental Health page.

If you can’t find the information you need, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.