The following information has been provided by the Victorian government and is relevant to you if you live, work or have been in the western suburbs of Melbourne

Testing & Isolating

  • If you work, visited or go to school at Al Taqwa College – on July 28, 29 or 30 – you must get tested for COVID-19, go home and stay in quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you live in the same house as someone who worked, visited or is a student at Al Taqwa College on these dates, you must also get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
  • That means you cannot leave the house for work and to go shopping – and you cannot have visitors in the home for any reason.
  • Anyone in the community with any symptoms – chills, fever, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste – please also get isolate immediately and get tested.
  • There are new exposure sites on the Victorian Government website – please check them regularly on and if you have been to any of the locations, you must follow the health advice.
  • There are exposure sites in Newport, Altona North, West Footscray, Caroline Springs, Spotswood, Truganina and Tarraville.
  • Remember, if you are not required to isolate and are allowed to leave your house, you must wear a mask – indoors and outdoors, all the time.
  • if you are not required to isolate and are allowed to leave your house, you must check-in with a QR Code at every location you visit, everywhere, every time.


  • $450 Test Isolation Payment if you have taken a coronavirus test and have no other income while you isolate and await your result.
  • $1,500 Pandemic Disaster Leave Payment if you have been instructed by DH to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • Food relief packages if you need to isolate or quarantine you may be supported with a relief package delivered by the Australian Red Cross. Relief packages contain basic essential food and personal care items to last a four-person household for two weeks.
  • No Interest Loans scheme of up to $3,000 to support low-income households with the costs of rent and utilities, repayable over 24 months.

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