COVID-19 INFORMATION AND GOVERNMENT UPDATES
22 MAY, 2020
𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗕𝗼𝘅𝗲𝘀: 𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗱𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵
If you or someone who knows a temporary visa holder who is experiencing financial difficulties during this COVID-19 period, you can apply for a food box through the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania.
MRC Tas has been given a generous donation to provide free fresh and dried food boxes to people living in Hobart and surrounding suburbs who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 (available to temporary visa holders and other migrants).
21 MAY, 2020
Assisting Tasmanian renters during COVID-19
The Tasmanian Government is committed to supporting all Tasmanians through the difficulties faced as a result of COVID-19.
The establishment of the COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund will ensure targeted support of up to $2000 or four weeks rent is available for tenants suffering from extreme hardship.
COVID-19 Rent Relief– Fact Sheet for Tenants: https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/89721/COVID19-rent-reflief-payment-tenant-fact-sheet.pdf
18 MAY, 2020
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟴 𝗠𝗮𝘆.
10 MAY, 2020
Tasmania's Roadmap to Recovery
The Tasmanian Government has announced a COVID-19 Roadmap to ease restrictions in the state. It will take everyone to work together and follow the rules to rebuild a stronger Tasmania.
For more information visit https://
05 MAY, 2020
COVIDSafe app: Let's work together to stop the spread of COVID-19
The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app helps state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.
For more information please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
#EEC #EquinoxEducation #COVID19 #staysafe #stay #home #COVIDSafe #app
29 APRIL, 2020
𝗡𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗨𝗽 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀, 𝗻𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀!
There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.
We understand the apprehensive moment that students and temporary residents are feeling now. HOWEVER, it is imperative that you realize the characteristics including mental strength, patience, commitment, courage, intelligence, work ethics, resilience, to name a few that led you to live and survive in a foreign country. These qualities will help you get through the difficult times in Australia and, if we can survive this catastrophe, together we would be stronger than ever. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙚𝙨𝙣’𝙩 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧, 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩? 💙
We’re all in this together and we’ll get through this! You can count on us and we will try to help you as much as possible, as always.
#EEC #EquinoxEducation #Hobart #StrongerTogether #StaySafe#COVID19
22 APRIL, 2020
𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗮 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗧𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
𝗣𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝘂𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗶𝗻, 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗲𝗿
The Tasmanian Government’s number one priority is to keep Tasmanians safe from coronavirus and we will also not turn our back on temporary visa holders in our State.We understand there are a significant number of temporary visa holders in Tasmania who have lost their jobs due to the restrictions in place to protect Tasmanians, and we know they are experiencing hardship and income loss as a result.
We have an estimated 26,000 temporary visa holders in Tasmania including students, fruit pickers and skilled workers such as chefs and health workers. In some cases due to business closures and the restrictions we have in place their incomes have now been stopped or have been severely curtailed.
Whilst not all temporary visa holders are in this position a number are and therefore to ensure temporary visa holders are also supported at this time, I am announcing a four step process to assist those who are affected.
Firstly we will immediately extend the eligibility for Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants, if they can demonstrate genuine financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This will provide an 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 $𝟮𝟱𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗿 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 $𝟭𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆.
Secondly, we will provide additional 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝗻-𝗴𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱.
Thirdly, whilst many of these visa holders will be unable to return to their home country due to border restrictions this is not the case in every circumstance, and for those whose country is safe to return to we will 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗳 𝗻𝗲𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘀𝗼.
Further, we will work with industry sectors or employers who want to 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 in the State for when their business is able to start up again and provide additional support in partnership with them so that we don’t lose skilled workers that we need.
𝗨𝗽 𝘁𝗼 $𝟯 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲.
We know that many Tasmanian businesses have benefited from employing temporary skilled visa holders, and those on other types of temporary visas also make a significant contribution to our economy, particularly to the tourism and education sectors.
The impacts of coronavirus have been widespread and there are many people doing it tough right now. We are committed to further consultation with key industry sectors to determine if there are any additional needs, because we strongly believe the support we provide to temporary workers and international students now will directly affect how these sectors recover post-pandemic.
For information on emergency support, such as the Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants, visit: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/…/emergency-support-for-vulnerab….
To register your interest in support to return to your country of origin, call the public health hotline on 1800 671 738 by 23 May 2020.
APRIL 18, 2020
Early access of Superannuation
International students who have been in Australia for longer than 12 months, and need financial support, can access their Australian Superannuation.
International students will be able to apply for early release of your superannuation from 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟮𝟬 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬.
You can submit an application on the myGov website, where you will be asked to fill out a self-assessment and make a legal declaration of your eligibility. You don’t necessarily have to provide evidence of your eligibility.
After you’ve submitted your application the ATO will assess it, and if you’re deemed eligible your super fund will be directed to release the funds. This should take about five days.
∎ For more information, see the announcement:
∎ Higher education relief package – FAQ:
APRIL 03, 2020
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀
The Tasmanian Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe and secure through the challenges faced by the coronavirus pandemic.The Government has this morning issued a Notice under Section 22 of the COVID-19 Disease (Emergency Provisions) Act 2020 (COVID-19 Act) to prevent residential rental evictions.
- This will mean that evictions cannot occur for at least the next 90 days.
- The Notice protects residential tenants, particularly those who are experiencing hardship from a loss of income as a result of COVID-19.
- These are not changes the Government has made lightly – they are being undertaken because of the widespread impact of COVID-19 on our community.
- This is not an opportunity to avoid paying rent. If you are able to do so, you should keep payments up.
- If tenants cannot pay their rent, they should, in the first instance, talk to their landlord to see if rent is able to be reduced.
- The Government has also made changes to limit property inspections and certain repairs from taking place to support social distancing.
Source: Elise Archer, Minister for Building and Construction
For more information please visit: https://
APRIL 01, 2020
𝗔 𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮
A number of Tasmanian-based international students may not be able to travel to or return to Tasmania for their studies due to the current coronavirus travel restrictions.
You may be concerned that this will impact your ability to meet the study and residence requirements for Tasmanian Graduate nomination.
Affected students will not be disadvantaged where the travel ban prevents you from meeting the Tasmanian Graduate category study requirements.
Please keep up to date with news from the Australian Government: https://
The Department of Home Affairs website has extensive information regarding the travel restrictions, including fact sheets for student visa holders and applicants: https://
MARCH 31, 2020
Stay informed on Coronavirus with the Australian Government Coronavirus WhatsApp channel
Stay up-to-date with the latest information and advice through the new Australian Government Coronavirus WhatsApp channel
A new WhatsApp channel has also been launched to supply you with the latest information.
MARCH 25, 2020
𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵: 𝗜𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘆𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀
Identify the symptoms of coronavirus and how they compare to the common cold and influenza.
Read more: https://www.health.gov.au/
Source: Australian Government Department of Health
MARCH 19, 2020
𝗧𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆
◉ Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says the state will introduce the “toughest border measures in the country” to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- From midnight on Friday, all “non-essential” travellers into the state will have to go into 14 days quarantine.
- “Essential” travellers included people required to keep the state’s health system and trade operational.
- The restriction may not automatically apply for people travelling for medical treatment.
Failure to self-quarantine could attract $16,800 fine or up to six months in prison.
- Tasmania has had 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
MARCH 17, 2020
𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘂𝘀 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁: 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝘆𝗴𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗲
The best thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy is to make sure we are washing our hands and not touching our faces.
It is recommended to do the following:
- adopting strict hand washing protocols
- limiting personal contact
- reminding everyone to use their elbow to cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze
- cleaning hard surfaces, such as door handles, keyboards and desks.
To stay up-to-date: Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website at www.health.gov.au
Call the National Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080