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Message from the Chairperson

As we start to feel the impacts of coronavirus in our day-to-day lives, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you, as an important member of Victoria’s multicultural community. Overcoming this challenging and unsettling crisis will take a whole-of-community response, and that means each of us taking steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus within our families, homes, workplaces, communities and places of worship.  The Commission's first priority is the health and wellbeing of multicultural communities. We welcome the Victorian Government's Business Survival Package and will continue to advocate for Victorians of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as details unfold. Read more about the package here. We are also working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure Victorians of all backgrounds can access accurate information and advice around coronavirus. We invite you to share your thoughts and ideas on initiatives that you think would assist you and your community during this crisis. We would also like to hear what your organisation is doing to support its members. We have set up an online survey to make it easier for you to give us your feedback. Please share the link with your community and networks. Go to: surveymonkey.com/r/covid-19_response There are some strengths that are only realised in times of uncertainty. Those of us who’ve fled war-torn countries and lived through environmental and economic disasters know this to be true. But we must not underestimate the seriousness of coronavirus. We must work together to stop the spread of the virus by trusting the government's health advice. We must draw on our strengths and resilience to support each other, especially the most vulnerable members of our community. I am confident that this crisis will bring out the best in our diverse and resilient state, revealing strengths that we never knew we had. Take care of each other, Viv Nguyen Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission

More in-language resources on COVID-19 The Department of Health and Human Services have now added more in-language materials to their website. There are now factsheets available in more than 40 community languages. These have been developed in response to community feedback passed onto DHHS by the Commission. Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the translated resources. Access in-language resources

Gatherings Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people are banned. This includes cultural and religious events. What does this mean? It is now time to cancel or postpone all community events — including meetings, forums, workshops, prayer services, faith gatherings,  parties and festivals — that may exceed 100 people.  How will this impact on community grants? The Commission have been advised that the Department of Premier and Cabinet will contact event organisers who have received community grants shortly. 

Travel The Australian Government have announced that:

  • All non-citizens and non-residents will be banned from arriving in Australia from 9pm on Friday 20 March 2020.

  •  All Australians who are travelling overseas must return home now. Once they are home, they will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Find out more

Physical distancing The Australian Government have recommended that everyone practises physical distancing to slow and reduce the spread of the virus. Physical distancing means that everyone should:

  • Stay away from big groups of people.

  • Try to stay 1.5 metres away from people you do not live with.

  • Do not shake hands, hug, or kiss people you do not live with.

Information on what physical distancing means is available on the DHHS website. Information on what physical distancing means in simple English is available from Enliven Victoria. (Note: this is not an official Government resource, but has been reviewed by the Department of Health and Human Service.) Get Enliven Victoria resource

Victorian Multicultural Commission Level 9, 1 Spring Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 7017 8171 You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to the VMC E-News via the multicultural.vic.gov.au website, the Cultural Diversity Week website or via direct email or phone request to the Commission.

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