Important information regarding COVID-19 impact on Communities Tasmania services and activities

Communities Tasmania delivers, supports and funds a range of services, programs and events.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response, a number of activities have been disrupted, postponed or cancelled.

Updates on services delivered by Housing Tasmania, Disability and Community Services and Children and Youth Services are detailed below in the expanding tables.

All non-essential public gatherings have been suspended indefinitely to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes numerous events funded through Communities, Sport and Recreation.

Please note the below information may be subject to change.

For the latest health advice, and Tasmanian Government information and resources about COVID-19, visit: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

Housing, Disability and Community Services

Service

Organisation

Status

Contact for more information

Non-essential work.

Examples include:

Annual property inspections, general home visits, office appointments.

Telephone contact with tenants is the primary contact method wherever possible.

Tenants are being visited in their homes where there is no other reasonable option.

HDCS (Housing Tasmania, Tenancy Services)

SUSPENDED

1300 665 663

Housing Connect Front Door South

Colony 47

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce client contact.

Bellaf@Colony47.com.au

1800 800 588

https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/housing/housing-connect

Housing Connect Front Door North /North West

Anglicare

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact.

L.Bieser@anglicare-tas.org.au

1800 800 588

https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/housing/housing-connect

Housing Connect Support

Colony 47, Anglicare, CatholicCare, Hobart City Mission, Salvation Army

Ongoing, some with strategies in place to reduce direct client contact where possible

1800 800 588

https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/housing/housing-connect

Service

Organisation

Status

Contact for more information

Fact Sheets

Range of free services for people affected by gambling

Gamblers Help

Ongoing

1800 858 858

https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/

 

Prevention of Elder Abuse so that older Tasmanians can live their lives with dignity and respect

Elder Abuse Helpline

Ongoing

1800 44 11 69

eahelpline@advocacytasmania.org.au

 

Office of the Senior Practitioner

Authorisation of restrictive practices and training.

HDCS (Disability and Community ServicesOngoing with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact

seniorpractitionerdisability@communities.tas.gov.au

(03) 6166 3567

Office of the Senior Practitioner Temporary Business Practices

Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service

Comprehensive diagnostic assessment for children and young people (0-18) suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.

HDCS (Disability and Community ServicesOngoing with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact

autismassessment@communities.tas.gov.au

(03) 6166 1100

Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service Changes to Deliver of Service

Children and Youth Services

Service

Location

Status

Contact for more information

Fact Sheets

Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line - including:

  • regional Liaisons
Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact.

1800 000 123

Active Service Alert - Child Safety Service

Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

Child Safety Services including:

  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Child and family visits
Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact.

1300 737 639

Active Service Alert - Child Safety Service

Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

Adoption and Permanency Services including:

  • After Care Support
Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact.

(03) 6166 0422

Or

adoption.service@communities.tas.gov.au

Active Service Alert - Child Safety Service

Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

The Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) has also published information on COVID-19 targeted at children and young people on the CCYP website.

Service

Location

Status

Contact for more information

Fact Sheets
  • All travel overseas and non-essential interstate travel for children under the custody and guardianship of the Communities Tasmania is suspended.
  • Child Safety Officers will minimise non-essential face-to-face contact between children and their families.
  • All care households are strongly encouraged to implement specific hygiene and social distancing measures such as limiting visitors to your household and providing children and young people with fact information to help them feel more informed.

Statewide

Ongoing

Contact your existing Child Safety Officer contact or Service Provider

Active Service Alert - Out of Home Care

Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

The Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) has also published information on COVID-19 targeted at children and young people on the CCYP website.

Service

Location

Status

Ashley Youth Detention Centre

North West

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce contact where possible

Youth Justice Services

Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce contact where possible

The Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) has also published information on COVID-19 targeted at children and young people on the CCYP website.

Service

Location

Status

Contact for more information

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service

Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to reduce face to face contact.

1800 608 122

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service (FVCSS)

Silverdome

Currently closed - for all enquiries, phone: 03 6344 9988 or email: admin@silverdome.com.au


Emergency Accommodation for Travellers

Emergency accommodation will be made available to travellers who are affected by the closure to accommodation facilities in Tasmania.

All new arrivals to Tasmania from 29 March will be transported from their point of arrival to designated facilities for 14 days of isolation. Their costs will be met by Government. This is applicable to Tasmanian residents and excludes essential travellers.

Earlier arrivals must arrange and pay for their own accommodation while they wait to return home. This excludes essential travellers. A number of accommodation providers have chosen to remain open at this time. We strongly recommend that anyone looking for accommodation contacts providers by phone or email prior to embarking on their journey to ensure they are open. Travellers must meet their own costs of accommodation and any specific accommodation conditions set by accommodation providers to ensure the safety of others.