COVID-19

Keeping children and young people with disability strong

     

    Joint media statement
    on Melbourne Stage 4 lockdowns
     

    Information for Victorians (7 August 2020 - NDIS update)

    Victoria: Information for families and carers of school aged NDIS participants This pack is designed to help families and carers manage plans, supports and education arrangements during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Victoria. 

    Victoria: Families and carers of school aged NDIS participants information pack Document or PDF

    For information on the latest restrictions read the Premier's statement. IDEAS Disability Information also has updated their information

    Metro Melbourne:

    • Curfew in place: From 2 Aug 8pm to 5 am (care and work exemptions)
    • Shop: 1 person, once a day, 5km from home
    • Exercise: once a day, 1 hour, 5km from home, no more than 2 people
    • Place of work info announced 3 Aug
    • Melbourne and workers permits: (Permit template link) self managed NDIS participants and support workers

      "Worker permits are needed for essential staff that need to travel to get to and from work. The permits will be needed from 11:59 August 5th. Workers will need a letter from their employer, which may be you. If you do not have a printer, we suggest you can fill it out and use a photo or a screen shot of it, until access to be a printer can be found. If your worker is a sole trader, they can do a letter for themselves, which may save you some paperwork - sole traders must issue a worker permit and sign the worker permit as both the employer and employee." Thanks IDEAS Disability Information 

    Mitchell Shire:

    • Remain on stage 3 restrictions

    Regional Victoria:

    • Stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm Wed 5 Aug

    Restrictions in place for 6 weeks

    Masks

    Victorian students with disability

    Metro Melbourne

    Prep to year 10

    • Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning.
    • On-site supervision will be available for P-10 students in the following categories, based on revised criteria:

      • children whose parents work in one of the defined essential continuing industries
      • vulnerable children including:
        • children in out-of-home care
        • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
        • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
      • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories

    Senior secondary year 11 and 12 (VCE and VCAL)

    • All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning.
    • The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October.
    • The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.
    • Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.

    Special Schools

    • On-site provision in specialist schools will only be available to children whose parents are permitted workers, and vulnerable children.

    Rural and regional Victoria

    Prep to year 10

    • Prep to Year 10 students will move to remote and flexible learning.
    • Supervision in rural and regional Victoria will be available to:
      • Children whose parents cannot work from home
      • Vulnerable children
      • Any child with a disability

    Senior secondary year 11 and 12 (VCE and VCAL)

    • All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning.
    • The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October.
    • The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.
    • Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.

    Special schools

    • Any child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to attend.
    • Any parent of a child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria who wishes to keep their child at home can do so, and where possible, the school can provide learning materials and activities for the child and their parent to complete at home.

    Timeline

    • Monday 3 August will be a ‘normal’ day of school under current arrangements, with students attending on site learning asked to take all their necessary learning materials home.
    • Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning.
    • Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria
    • This is a day ahead of the statewide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria, but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.

     Staffing

    • Schools will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on site supervision, and any staff not required for on site supervision will work from home.

    For more information about Victoria's current restriction levels

    NSW Update - (4 August 2020)

    NSW School closures

    NSW residents urged to wear masks (Thank you ABC News) 

    The NSW Premier says she recommends residents in her state wear masks in certain circumstances. 
       
    She says there are four main areas where officials want people to do this.
      
    • If you are in an enclosed space and you can't guarantee social distancing such as public transport or when you're buying groceries
    • Officials would like to see customer-facing staff wearing masks, whether in hospitality or retail for example
    • If you are attending a place of worship
    • If you are in an area where there is high community transmission or a number of cases
    This is not compulsory but it is a strong recommendation from NSW Health.

    National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disability Information Helpline

    The Disability Information Helpline is for people with disability and their supporters about coronavirus (COVID-19). You can contact the helpline in the following ways:

    • Phone (free call): 1800 643 787
    • If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677. The helpline is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm (AEST). It is not available on national public holidays.

    National Disability Insurance Scheme - information and resources

    PPE August 4 2020 update

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is regularly updating its information and resources  including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    Mental health and wellbeing – information and resources

    Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

    Isolation and stress can make it harder to take care of your mental health. Beyond Blue has tips on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Australian Department of Health has more tips and information on mental health support during COVID-19.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or sad, please reach out for support. Talking to someone can help. You can contact:

    Lifeline  13 11 14

    Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636

    Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

    Headspace 1800 650 890.

    If you, or a child or young person in your care, needs support during this challenging time, please reach out. Call one of the numbers. If you don't get through straight away, stay on the line - someone will be there. Or visit: https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/ for online support

    Finances and employment – information and resources

    Australian Government Support Payments

    Victorian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation and Worker Support Payment

    Australian Government coronavirus information and support for business

    The National Debt Hotline website has step-by-step guides explaining how to fix common debt problems. You can also call the helpline on 1800 007 007 to speak with a financial counsellor.

    Find a financial counsellor in your area.

    Education – information and resources

    Education advice by government

    Early childhood education information and updates:

    Australia overall information

    New South Wales

    Queensland

    South Australia

    Tasmania

    Victoria

    Western Australia

    The latest advice for schools: (4 August 2020)

    Australian Capital Territory

    New South Wales (school closures)

    Northern Territory

    Queensland (Brisbane south side update as at 4 Aug) (Queensland Health alerts)

    South Australia (school closures)

    Tasmania

    Victoria

    Western Australia

    CYDA advocacy during COVID-19

    There is a critical need to ensure that children and young people with disability and their families can access the following:

    • accessible testing with agreed supports for sensory needs, alternative communication and social stories
    • access to technology to support equal access to telehealth
    • priority access to personal protective equipment
    • continuation of chronic care plans

    CYDA has been privileged over the past few months to engage with so many young people with disability, families of children with disability, disability advocates, partners and other stakeholders whilst we all grapple with the impact of COVID-19. We have heard from almost 700 families and young people about the effect of the crisis on their lives. 

    We continue to amplify these messages to government, including endorsing the Open Letter to National Cabinet: Immediate Actions Required for Australians with Disability – COVID-19 and producing reports and submissions to inform the government on the situation for children and young people with disability.

    Stay in touch

    You can stay in touch with CYDA about the COVID-19 situation by contacting us.

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    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Forgotten kids: Coronavirus pandemic creating havoc, fear for children and young people with disability

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    Media Statement: Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Media Statement: Don’t leave our kids behind: Families of kids, young people with disability concerned about new intensive care coronavirus guidelines

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    Urgent actions needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

    Media Releases

    March 2020

    Urgent actions needed to support people with disability during COVID-19 crisis

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    ACIE learning at home during a time of crisis COVID19 (coronavirus)

    Fact sheets

    March 2020

    ACIE learning at home during a time of crisis COVID19 (coronavirus)

    Article

    ACIE providing inclusive education in a time of crisis - Principles & recommendations

    Research & reports

    April 2020

    ACIE providing inclusive education in a time of crisis - Principles & recommendations

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    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants under 7 years)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants under 7 years)

    Video

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 7-18 years)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 7-18 years)

    Video

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 18 - 25 years and beyond)

    News

    May 2020

    Webinar – NDIS and COVID-19 information for families and young people (NDIS participants 18 - 25 years and beyond)

    Video

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Letter to PAEC's inquiry into the response to COVID-19

    Article

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Research & reports

    May 2020

    More than isolated: The experience of children and young people with disability and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Article

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Media Releases

    May 2020

    More than isolated’: COVID-19 compounds inequities for children and young people with disability

    Article

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Inquiry into the Australian Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Article

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

    Article

    Submissions

    May 2020

    Disability Royal Commission - Emergency planning and response during COVID-19

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    Submissions

    June 2020

    Victorian consultation on lessons from remote learning

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