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.

Check the DHHS Guidelines to make sure your workplace is complying with funding body expectations. Contact the ASU office with queries or any concerns about breaches of the guidelines. We are stronger dealing with issues together, and recommend members also talk to delegates, elected workplace health and safety reps and other workers!

 

Whole Sector Advice

COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services Sector
View the plan here.

Recommend checking – particularly if your work type/sub-sector is not covered below. Covers considerations for office-based service delivery, residential services, day/drop-in centres, home visits, outreach work- including street-based outreach and contact through a host organisation.

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 (April 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 and Child and 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
Easing Restrictions – What does it mean at work?

OHS & PPE – Fact Sheets and Requests

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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5 days ago

ASUVicTas

ASU community sector and local government members met yesterday about the North Melb/Flemington public housing hard lockdown. Concerns raised included the very heavy police presence and impact on residents, vs a health and social service response, and lack of communication with the ASU about the rushed plan. PPE, cleaning protocols and OHS concerns for workers and residents at the impacted estates, and across all high-density public housing were discussed. Meeting motion below has all the details.

Next members’ meeting - 1:00 pm Thursday 9 July
Register here, for link to the meeting: bit.ly/2BCvadQ
More info: www.asuvictas.com.au/public-housing-lockdown-update/

Members involved in the response, please get in touch with any queries about OHS or your rights. Solidarity with all the residents!
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ASU community sector and local government members met yesterday about the North Melb/Flemington public housing hard lockdown. Concerns raised included the very heavy police presence and impact on residents, vs a health and social service response, and lack of communication with the ASU about the rushed plan. PPE, cleaning protocols and OHS concerns for workers and residents at the impacted estates, and across all high-density public housing were discussed. Meeting motion below has all the details.
Next members’ meeting - 1:00 pm Thursday 9 July
Register here, for link to the meeting: https://bit.ly/2BCvadQ
More info: www.asuvictas.com.au/public-housing-lockdown-update/
Members involved in the response, please get in touch with any queries about OHS or your rights. Solidarity with all the residents!

 

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Great work ASU members!

Please consider a list of vital numbers including Lifeline Kids Helpline Family Violence Hotline Drug and Alcohol support. Online options also. With all the concerns for mental health it is urgent that residents have easy access. People may feel so isolated and alone they feel there is no one they can talk to. Hence dome cards or a list would be so helpful. Can these be delivered to every unit in the 9 towers in with bags of food.

#ASUProud

I love this. I'm not working in the sector currently but was a previous member for years. I can't express how relieved i am by this statement..... I live close to the Flemington estate and also lived around the area as a kid. It's been really distressing to see VTHC refusing to speak out on the barbarity of how this is being managed, and acting like charity is the only role for them. Thank you soooo much to all the workers and ASU organisers who put this together 💕💕💕💕

A very fair and understandable list of demands! Great work ASU members!

It's a poorly executed lock up. When all this is over the government needs to demolish those towers and build nicer accomodation.

Philip

#ASUproud

Rachel, this worth noting

I love this

✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼

Jasmine Ali Olivia Nigro Lucy Honan

I don’t feel it’s a problem, police are there in a peaceful capacity.

Good to see ASU onto this. Thanks x

#ASUProud

Thx for sharing

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7 days ago

ASUVicTas

📣📣Urgent Meeting: ASU community sector members to raise concerns about the hard lockdown of public housing in Flemington & North Melbourne. Local Gov members working in this area please join and share! 📣📣

10:30 Monday 6 July
Register at link below, meeting link will be forwarded: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdOivrj4oGdGHM5Z9vlRpw6zsXbTCqdaS

There will be many residents urgently requiring community services during the lockdown period and ASU community sector workers will provide many of these services. It’s vital that you are able to do your work as safely as possible and free from risk in a potentially volatile situation.

The ASU wants to hear from you on any concerns held and that safety measures are in place!

More info at: www.asuvictas.com.au/urgent-covid-19-public-housing-lockdown-members-meeting/
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