Latest restriction advice

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply in Victoria, except if you live in metropolitan Melbourne where Stage 4 restrictions apply. You can only leave home for one of the four reasons – shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work, if you can’t do it from home.

You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes

Metropolitan Melbourne is now in Stage 4 Restrictions and a curfew is in place. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Advice on face mask/covering

Everyone must wear a mask when they leave home, unless an exception applies. This is enforceable across regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August

For more information on restrictions and face coverings, visit the DHHS website.

The coronavirus situation is serious and changing rapidly.  Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website provides health information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in English and multiple languages for people in Victoria.

This includes information on prevention and self-isolation information, physical distancing requirements and restrictions in Victoria.

  1. To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), stay safe by regularly washing your hands, keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people, and staying home if you feel unwell.
  2. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested.
  3. From 11:59pm 8 July if you live in Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell you must stay at home.
  4. You can only leave home for one of the four reasons:
    • shopping for food and supplies,
    • care and caregiving,
    • exercise, and
    • study and work, if you can’t do it from home.

To find out more about the latest measures and restrictions in place in Victoria, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

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

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.

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