COVID-19 Updates for Wathaurong Community


As of midnight Wednesday 16th September, Regional Victoria has moved to the "Third Step" of the Victorian road-map to re-opening.

This provides some more freedom in moving around Regional Victoria, but still has restrictions in place that must be followed.

Third Step for Regional Victoria means:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home
  • Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. Groups of up to ten people will be able to meet outdoors
  • You can create a household "bubble", where up to 5 people from another household can visit you in your home. Once you have created your bubble, you must only visit the household you have created your bubble with, and they visit you. Neither may visit other people in their homes.
  • Restrictions are easing to allow for cafes, restaurants, beauty and personal care, and some outdoor entertainment venues to open. Restaurants will open in a predominantly outdoor capacity, with a group limit of 10 people, and density limits
  • You must not travel to Metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary
  • Face coverings must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
  • Childcares will be OPEN
  • Schools will see a staged return in Term 4 for all students with safety measures in place
  • Those who are able to work from home should continue to do so
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell

For more information and the full breakdown on the roadmap for reopening, visit the website below.


On Sunday 6th September, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the plan for Victoria to commence a phased approach of re-opening and easing lockdown restrictions.

Geelong and Colac, being part of regional Victoria, will be part of the "Second Step" as of midnight, Sunday 13th September.


Second Step means:

  • Leave home only for four reasons: work, exercise, shopping for essentials or providing/receiving care. There is no limit on distance travelled.
  • Up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors.
  • Social "bubbles" can be created for single people living alone, including solo parents
  • Childcares will be OPEN
  • Schools will see a staged return in Term 4 for all students with safety measures in place
  • Those who are able to work from home should continue to do so
  • Restaurants and food places will remain as take-away and delivery only
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation is allowed outside with no time or frequency limit
  • Outdoor public pools and playgrounds will be open
  • Weddings are allowed with up to 5 people (including the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant)
  • Funerals allowed with up to 10 people
  • Interstate travel still not allowed
  • Accommodation and camping closed
  • All entertainment venues closed (eg cinemas)

For more information and the full breakdown on the roadmap for reopening, visit the website below.


Aboriginal Youth Justice partnered with the Koorie Youth Council to develop a suite of COVID-19 communication material targeted to Aboriginal young people. The initial fact sheets are based on the need for targeted, culturally specific messaging about COVID-19 for Aboriginal young people.

Fact Sheet A: Keeping our Mob Healthy and Safe

This fact sheet provides information for young people about COVID-19 including the symptoms; information on where to get tested and what to do to keep themselves and the community safe. Page two contains information on the current health restrictions in Victoria and is relevant to restrictions as at 31 August 2020.

Fact Sheet B: Ways to keep ourselves grounded and connected

This fact sheet is acknowledging the challenging times for young people and providing ways to keep connected with community and family and things to do to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing.


Wathaurong is working with support from FeedMe Bellarine to offer ready-made meals and further food resources to our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

FeedMe Bellarine turns food from the shelves into nutritious meals for our community in need & Wathaurong Cooperative will deliver it to your doorstep!

Monday Ready Made meals include a combination of protein (meat dish) carbohydrate (rice/pasta) and dessert where possible.

Wednesday Food Boxes include a combination of vegetables, fruit, bread products and other staple foods where possible.

If you would like to sign up for Monday Meals or Wednesday Food Boxes (or both) please fill out the online registration form here:


Coronavirus DHHS hotline: 1800 675 398

Yarning SafenStrong: 1800 959 563 (24/7 service)

Dardi Munwarro’s Brother to Brother: 1800 435 799 (men only 24/7 service)

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Mental Health Triage: 1300 094 187 (24 hours)

Safe steps: 1800 015 188- phone only (24/7 weekends and public holidays) for women and children who are victims of family violence

The Orange Door: 1800 12 820 (24/7) women, children and young people experiencing family violence

Child Protection: 13 12 78 (5pm to 9am Monday to Friday, 24/7 weekends and public holidays) for children and young people whose safety is at risk

Maternal Child Health Nurse line: 132229- Phone only (24/7 phone service in Victoria). Qualified MCHNs offer information, advice and referral to all families with young children.

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 (24/7)

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732 (24/7) National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: counselling, advice and referral service

Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre: Phone only and during business hours 03 5222 4318
The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre is continuing to deliver essential services to people who are experiencing sexual assault and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parent line Victoria: 13 22 89 (available 8am to 12 midnight – 7 days a week, every day of the year) state-wide telephone counselling and support service for all Victorian parents and carers of children from 0-18 years.

Nurse on Call: 1300 606 024

Geelong Hospital: 4215 0000


New announcements were made by the Premier of Victoria on Sunday 2nd August regarding regional Victoria moving to Stage 3 restrictions as of midnight Wednesday 5th August to reduce the risk of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. A summary of what this means is below.

???? Wearing masks or face coverings will be mandatory whenever you are outside your home, unless you have a medical exemption (this is in effect already)

????Stage 3 restrictions means there are only 4 reasons to leave your home: Shopping for food or essential items; Work or study if you can't do it from home; Daily exercise; To receive or to give care.

????Schools will return to remote and flexible learning as of WEDNESDAY 5th AUGUST - note that Monday 3rd August will be a normal school day, and Tuesday will be a pupil free day to prepare for remote learning to resume on Wednesday.

????Restaurants and cafes will only be able to offer takeaway or delivery options

????Community sport will no longer be able to take place

It's important to remember that following these restrictions, while continuing to wash our hands, social distance and follow health regulations is our best chance to be able to come back together again soon.

Detailed information for regional Victoria and metro Melbourne is available on the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc website here: