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

Rent Relief

The Tasmanian Government is providing rent relief for residential households who rent homes in the private market and who are experiencing housing stress because of the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme starts on 25 May 2020.

More information about the scheme can be found on the Rental Services page.

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/

Gambling and COVID-19

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 maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice..

1800 000 123


Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

Child Safety Services including:

  • Family Group Conferencing
Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice.

1300 737 639


Supporting Children and  Young People Regarding Coronavirus

Adoption and Permanency Services including:

  • After Care Support
Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice.

(03) 6166 0422

Or

adoption.service@communities.tas.gov.au

 

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

Travel Support

Statewide

All travel overseas and non-essential interstate travel for children under the custody and guardianship of the Communities Tasmania is suspended.

Please see Tasmanias current restrictions for further information or visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au

 
Child and Family visitsStatewideChild Safety Officers are recommencing non-essential face-to-face contact between children and their families.Please contact the relevant Child Safety Officer for further information. 

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 maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice.

Youth Justice Services

Statewide

Ongoing, with strategies in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice.

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 maintain social distancing and hygiene in line with Public Health advice.

1800 608 122

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service (FVCSS)

Silverdome

Silverdome is available for use for bookings of up to 20 people from 11 June 2020. Conditions apply please read the attached facts sheet.

Call 03 6344 9988, admin@silverdome.com.au

Sports Bookings and Facility Usage Fact Sheet