Coronavirus Information and Support
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented situation around the world, including here in Victoria.
The situation is changing quickly, and the Victorian Government recognises that this will be a challenging time for Victoria’s Veterans community.
The health and wellbeing of you, your family and your community is a priority. It is essential that you follow the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer on social distancing, hand washing and how to manage your health overall.
Like all Victorians, Veterans have a role in reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. For more information in how you can keep yourself and others safe, read more at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures
Veteran support information
Victorian Veterans can find important information and support services at the following website and hotlines:
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Victorian Veterans can get the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice, as well as a range of resources, on the DHHS website at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – on 1800 675 398
The DHHS website has information in many community languages at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Emergency relief packages
Victorians self-isolating due to coronavirus with no access to food and essential supplies, and no network of family and friends to support them, will receive emergency relief packages under a program introduced by the Victorian Government. Call the dedicated coronavirus hotline for assistance on 1800 675 398.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
Contact the DVA for advice, support services, including the latest news and advice on coronavirus, at: www.dva.gov.au or call 1800 555 254.
DVA has information on the Federal Government stimulus package, which includes a one-off $750 payment to more than 225,000 veterans and their dependants who currently receive specific benefits. Read more at: https://www.dva.gov.au/newsroom/latest-news-veterans/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
We understand this is a very stressful time. For any Veterans who need to access mental health support or information visit: https://www.dva.gov.au/health-and-treatment/injury-or-health-treatments/mental-health-care/mental-health-support-services
Coronavirus business support is available via Business Victoria, for advice, updates, and business support go to https://www.business.vic.gov.au/disputes-disasters-and-succession-planning/illness-and-business-management-plan/coronavirus-business-support or call the their hotline on 13 22 15