“Now is the time to open”
On Monday 26 October 2020, we in Victoria received the welcome news that over the coming days and weeks, businesses will begin opening across metro Melbourne.
It is important that we all stay informed and stay safe, so please make sure you check out this page for the latest COVID-19 information in a variety of languages.
If you are a current Lifeskills Participant and would like any of the resources posted to you, please get in touch with the Lifeskills office so we can arrange this.
The Victorian Government has also released a Home Safety Plan for all Victorians to use, you can find this here.
For more information, including details of the Disability Information Hotline, head to this page.
Stage 4 Restrictions in Bundoora and Reintroduction of Stage 3 Restrictions in Bendigo
Both Lifeskills Bundoora and Bendigo remain open until further notice. We will endeavour to inform all families once we have received information from the state government regarding which businesses will be required to close in metropolitan Melbourne.
Participants and staff in Bendigo are now required to wear masks while at Lifeskills.
You can read more about wearing masks below:
New Restrictions for Hot Zones
Ten postcodes have been identified for the reinstatement of Stage 3 restrictions. You can find the list here.
Most crucially for Lifeskills Participants, residents in these areas are still permitted to travel for work and education.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information pack for NDIS Participants
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a COVID-9 Information Pack for Participants. You can download your copy here: COVID-19 Information Pack for Participants
Translated resources – coronavirus (COVID-19)
An initiative of DHHS:
COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials.
You can find the material here: Translated resources
Stage 3 Restrictions are now in place for all Victorians. For Lifeskills, this means making some changes to the way we support Participants so that we can continue to run vital services while keeping all Participants and staff safe.
Details of the Stage 3 Restrictions can be found here: Victorian Government website
A key feature of stage 3 includes the gathering of no more than 2 people – exceptions are made for work, households and education.
What does this mean for Lifeskills?
As an essential service, Lifeskills is permitted to continue running activities. We are currently running a modified timetable in rooms with access exclusive only to Lifeskills. Groups are small in number to ensure sufficient space is provided.
All off-campus activities have been suspended until there is a change in restrictions.
We have created some resources for Participants and their families to use. It’s critical that Lifeskills, the Participants we support and all staff follow the Stage 3 restrictions to ensure everyone’s safety. We hope these resources provide a guide to Participants and reassure families and carers that we are doing everything within our control to provide high quality support during this time.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission have created a number of resources for Participants also. You can read a document regarding what you can expect from providers such as Lifeskills here: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
Every Australian Counts has put together a range of resources including information in languages other than English and documents from the Australian Government, Department of Health and more. You can access those resources here: Every Australian Counts
NDIS Commissions Frequently Asked Questions
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has released a frequently asked questions page for Participants, families and carers. You can view the page here: NDIS FAQ
Easy-Read Government Documents:
COVID-19 Update from NDIS: