COVID-19 Update - New restrictions and a state of disaster

On Sunday 2nd August Premier Daniel Andrews declared a "state of disaster" which takes effect at 6pm tonight.


This means:


What does this mean for Victoria's early learning sector?

At this stage we know that Monday and Tuesday will be business as usual, but from Wednesday onwards, for those early learning services in Metropolitan Melbourne, only children of "essential workers" and from disadvantaged and vulnerable families will be allowed to attend early learning services, for the duration of Stage 4 Restrictions.


Meanwhile early learning services in regional Victoria can continue to accept all children.


ACA Victoria is now waiting on a list of work types/vocations that the Victorian Government deems to be "essential services", along with the definition of "disadvantaged and vulnerable families", and we will share this with you as soon as we possibly can.


In terms of financial support, Premier Andrews stated at today's media conference he will make further announcements on Monday or Tuesday about Victoria's business sector tomorrow including economic impacts and support - at this stage we don't have any updates in this space. 


Clearly these new developments raise a lot of questions for our sector in the affected areas, and we are engaging closely with the Victorian and Federal Governments to work through these issues and provide our members with updates as soon as these come to hand.  


We have been informed that the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) will send out some advice via email to service providers, which may have a little more information. However at this stage we are not sure when this will be released - we advise you to keep a look out for an email from the Department.


We will provide an update to our members tomorrow, along with a template letter which can be used for communicating to families as soon as we can.


Online Member Meeting this Tuesday

We had already scheduled an online Member Meeting to take place on Tuesday at 12.00pm, to talk about what to do in the event that you have a positive COVID-19 case in your centre - some of our members have already registered to this. We now plan to use this time to provide a live update and allow for questions on the impact of the Stage 4 Restrictions. The meeting is free to attend and all members are welcome. We advise our members to get in touch with us via the usual channels in the event that they have not received the link to register for this online meeting.


In the meantime we are engaging regularly with both levels of government, and will provide updates to members as new information comes to hand.

To read Premier Andrews' announcement about the latest restrictions in Victoria, visit the DHHS website here.  

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