Community Sector COVID-19 Resource Page

Community sector workers are performing critical work in the pandemic. Keeping members safe and the workforce intact is paramount. The ASU, DHHS, FSV and WorkSafe have been issuing a series of guidance and resources for OHS and industrial responses to COVID-19. We’ve tried to rope a bunch of it into one easy place below.

If you are concerned about compliance with the guidelines at work, raise these with your Health and Safety Representative (HSR). Learn more about HSR’s here. We are stronger dealing with issues together, and recommend members also talk to delegates, elected workplace health and safety reps and other workers!

If you still have concerns contact the ASU member contact centre info@asuvictas.com.au

Recent advice from DFFH on COVID for the Community Sector
Community and Non-Residential Disability Services Factsheet
Community Services covered by the Care Facilities Directions Factsheet

 

Stage 4 Links

Community services safe working requirements in stage 4

Guidance to support the continuation of permitted service provision under additional restrictions across Victoria, particularly regarding requirements to wear face masks, stay at home restrictions, permitted worker permits and access to childcare permits.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-services-all-sector-coronavirus-covid-19

Whole Sector Advice

Community services – all sector – coronavirus (COVID-19)

See coronavirus (COVID-19) plans and guidance for the community services sector, including:

  • PPE for Community services guide
  • FAQs for community services workers about wearing face coverings
  • Community services safe working requirements in stage 4

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-services-all-sector-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Guidance Note on Employment-Related Matters
Agency monitoring during the COVID-19 emergency

View the agency monitoring

Outlines key principles changes to KPIs and approach that funded agencies can expect in relation to monitoring and managing service delivery performance and continuity issues during the pandemic.

Guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning in the community services sector

View the Guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) planning in the community services sector

It supplements the COVID-19 Plan for the Community Services Sector (August 2020) and is intended to support updates to existing business continuity planning. The guidance is intended to remain relevant as restrictions continue to be adjusted, yet the risk posed by coronavirus remains.

Sub-Sector Advice

Victorian DHHS Care Services (Out of Home Care) (Kinship, foster and residential care; lead tenant)

View the COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian DHHS Care Services (Out of Home Care)(Kinship, foster and residential care; lead tenant)

Covers prioritisation of service types (Critical, Medium and Low) and measures to reduce risk.

Care Services and Child and Family Services FAQs

View the COVID-19 Care Services FAQs

View the COVID-19 Family Services FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – updated for both Care Services and Child and Family Services, which relate to each of the sector plans released in early April.

Victorian DHHS funded Child and Family Services (Child FIRST; family, parenting and leaving care services)

View the COVID-19 Plan for Victorian DHHS funded Child and Family Services (Child FIRST; family, parenting and leaving care services)

Covers prioritisation of service types (Critical, Medium and Low) and measures to reduce risk.

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Sector Guidelines

View the COVID-19 Family Violence and Sexual Assault Sector Guidelines

Covers prioritisation of services: Priority – ongoing, Priority – transition, Secondary priority services.

Homelessness services guidelines and conditions of funding

View the COVID-19 Amendment to homelessness services guidelines and conditions of funding

Covers prioritisation of services: Priority – ongoing, Priority – transition, Secondary priority services.

Victorian Neighbourhood House Sector

View the COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Neighbourhood House Sector

Covers considerations for activities in neighbourhood houses and outreach work.

Disability Services Sector

View the COVID-19 Plan for the Disability Services Sector

Covers considerations for residential services in group homes and short-term accommodation, Social and community participation including group-based activities, Home-based services and office-based service delivery.

ASU Member Resources

ASU 6 Step Plan for Navigating Change During the Pandemic
ASU Working From Home factsheets

OHS & PPE – Fact Sheets and Requests

PPE for community services* providers for prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The guidance applies to outreach home-based care, residential care and client visits. *Disability services, out of home care residential services, family violence and sexual assault services, child and family services, child protection or other essential community (non-health) services

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-community-service-providers-prevention-covid-19-doc

WorkSafe’s guidance for new, returned and redeployed workers in the healthcare and social assistance
DHHS - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
WorkSafe - Prevention and management of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the healthcare and social assistance industry

View the WorkSafe – Prevention and management of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the healthcare and social assistance industry.

Information about managing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in clinical and non-clinical settings, including patient transport.

Preventing and managing the increased risk of employee fatigue in healthcare during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The ASU is in regular contact with DHHS and the state government about amendments to these policies as the situation changes. Let us know if you see anything in the Guides that you think could be better!

 

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