The Queensland Government wants to ensure that Queenslanders from diverse cultural backgrounds have access to the latest information on COVID-19 and receive as much support as they need during these times. A roadmap to easing restrictions from this Saturday (11.59pm Friday May 15), followed by stage two in June and stage three in July has been released.

Access the COVID-19 website which provides the latest and most up-to-date health information as well as details on a range of community-based support services with information in different languages.

If any members of the Society or Japanese community have health concerns, please etelephone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) directly.

There is also further information and links below to assist members.

Public Health Direction updates
Stay informed about the latest public health directions regarding COVID-19 by subscribing to the Queensland Health newsletter.

COVIDSafe app
Download the voluntary COVIDSafe app to help slow the spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure. COVIDSafe is available on both iOS and Android. Visit covidsafe.gov.au for full details.

SBS Multilingual Portal
SBS are continuing to provide the latest news and information in your language in the SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal. They also have videos in 31 different languages explaining Coronavirus and downloadable infographics to explain the health and safety measures we all need to take during this time.

Community services sector
The testing criteria in Queensland has been expanded so that anyone in Queensland who has a fever (or history of a fever) OR acute respiratory symptoms (cough, sore through, shortness of breath) can be tested for COVID-19. You can download the factsheet on the Guidelines for the Community Services Sector regarding testing for COVID-19.

Student or temporary visa holders in Queensland
Study Queensland, within Trade and Investment Queensland, have a range of options to support the wellbeing of international students including an online Queensland Student Hub to complement the existing Student Hub Network in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns. 1800QSTUDY (1800 778 839) provides critical COVID-19 information from health directives to travel restrictions.

The Commonwealth Government has provided dedicated enquiry lines for international students via international.students@dese.gov.au and 1300 981 621 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday within Australia only).

Students can also download this factsheet for further information.

The Australian Red Cross has also been provided funding by the Australian Government to support people on temporary visas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are for people who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, have no way to support themselves, and have urgent needs. Visit redcross.org.au/covidrelief to find out more.

Education
Students in Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will return to school alongside children of essential workers and vulnerable students across all year levels.  There is a list of frequently asked questions, as well as student health and wellbeing resources available on the COVID-19 Education webpage.

Other learning opportunities are available through ABC ME’s Education which broadcasts Monday to Friday from 10.00am – 12.00pm during the school term. They also have an education collection available on ABC iview.

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland portal
ECCQ has created a COVID-19 portal on their website in order to keep communities informed while keeping things simple and avoiding an excess of information.

Skills and Employment
Centrelink’s Payment and Service finder online tool is available to assist in searching for payments and services you may be eligible for.

There are also 15 free online courses through the new Jobs Finder Queensland portal https://www.jobsfinder.qld.gov.au/ or via the TAFE Queensland or Central Queensland University websites for Queenslanders whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 and are now looking for work.

Vaccine Service Providers
If you are a vaccine service provider, relevant information is now available and will be updated regularly on the Queensland Health website.

Call to Arms – free flu vaccines
Free flu vaccines for children aged 6 months under 5 years are now available. Flu is the leading cause of hospitalisation for children under five and a vaccination every year is the best protection.  The flu changes every year and so does the vaccine, which is why annual vaccination is required. Visit www.qld.gov.au/vaccinationmatters to find out how to protect your child and the community from the flu.

Community support
Queenslanders who have no other means of accessing food or essential items, including those who are vulnerable and in home-quarantine, can telephone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or can download the Community Recovery factsheet for more information.