Darwin Community Legal Service

Coronavirus Information & Resources

Information on how COVID-19 is affecting our services, as well as information for the community on how to uphold their rights in these present conditions.

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What is covid-19 and what can i do to protect myself and others

Last updated: 26 March 2020

COVID-19 is the disease that is caused by a new Coronavirus and causes mild to severe respiratory infections. The virus has now become a global pandemic. There is currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19.

Older people are more susceptible to illness associated with COVID-19. This Fact Sheet informs about what COVID-19 is, how it is spread and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

This fact sheet covers:

  • What is COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?
  • How is it spread?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What restrictions are in place relating to aged care facilities?
  • Why is this virus so dangerous for older people?

If you have concerns that the rights of an older person are not being met or you are worried about an older person’s safety and welfare, call our Seniors and Disability Rights Service on 1800 037 072.

This guide provides information on your Centrelink rights and what Centrelink can do if you have been affected by Coronavirus.

Note: Centrelink payment names have recently changed. Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance is now called “Jobseeker Payment”.

This resource is both for those who are currently receiving Centrelink payments and for those who don’t receive a Centrelink payment but need it because of Coronavirus.

This fact sheet covers:

  • One-off payment of $750
  • Fortnightly Coronavirus supplement
  • Mutual Obligations
  • Am I eligible for payment?
  • Employer subsidies and leave
  • How do I apply?
  • What if my application is unsuccessful?

If you need help with any of these issues you can contact us on 1800 812 953 for free advice from one of our specialist lawyers.

Coronavirus & Tenancy

Do you have questions or concerns about:

  • Rental Arrears or getting behind in your rent?
  • People coming to your property for inspections?
  • NTCAT and making NTCAT applications?

The Tenants’ Advice Service are receiving a volume of queries about Coronavirus and issues with tenancy. It is important to know that at this stage nothing about the COVID19 crisis changes anything about your rights and obligations in your tenancy.

Rent Reduction Request Letter – Coronavirus

Protect Our Communities: No Evictions During a Health Crisis

We and more than 70 other organisations and experts around Australia are calling on all Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to put a stop on evictions during this health crisis.

Sign our petition and see the full statement here

Tenancy Evictions – update

Last night the Prime Minister confirmed that there will be a ban on evictions, potentially limited to financial distress and hardship. We don’t know what that looks like yet as the States and Territories will work on the details. In the NT our laws allow eviction for no reason. We cannot leave anyone in the community behind, we cannot risk people’s health by allowing evictions for no reason. Tasmania was able to protect all tenants – they proved it is possible. Let’s hope that the NT will do the same. #NoEvictionsCovid19

National Cabinet Statement | 29 Mar 2020 | Prime Minister

We want to hear from you
  • Are you having any difficulties to do with your rented home due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • Have you been evicted?
  • Have you been given a Notice to vacate?
  • Are you finding it harder to pay rent?
  • Are you finding it hard to be isolated because people are coming into your home for sales inspections or other reasons?
  • Are you finding it hard to get anyone to do repairs?

Anything else? We want to find out about anything that is negatively impacting tenants during this health emergency so we can try and change it.

Tell us your COVID19 story

I AM AN OLDER PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO?

Last updated: 26 March 2020

Older people aged 70+ (or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) or people with chronic conditions are able to seek medical support from their GPs through bulk-billed telehealth (videolink) and telephone services. Examples of possible video applications include FaceTime and Skype.

This fact sheet covers:

  • important steps to prevent the spread of this virus
  • whether you can go to the shops or catch the bus, or should you stay in your own home? Are other vaccinations important?
  • who you can talk to if you have concerns or need support?

If you have concerns that the rights of an older person are not being met or you are worried about an older person’s safety and welfare, call our Seniors and Disability Rights Service on 1800 037 072.

FOR FAMILIES AND RESIDENTS ON RESTRICTED VISITS TO RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE FACILITIES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Last updated: 24 March 2020

Older people are more susceptible to getting sick with COVID-19. The Australian Government has put in place new restrictions to protect older Australians living in residential aged care facilities.

The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases with age. To date the highest rate of fatalities is among older people, particularly those with other serious health conditions or a weakened immune system. There is currently no cure or vaccine for COVID-19.

To protect older Australians and people with compromised immune systems, we all need to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This fact sheet answers questions around:

  • what is COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?
  • how is it spread?
  • why is this virus so dangerous for older people?
  • how can we protect ourselves?
  • who can I talk to about this if I need support?
  • how can SDRS support family members?

If you have concerns that your loved ones rights are not being met or are worried about an older persons safety and welfare, call us on 1800 037 072.