Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

This is a challenging time for our community and our nation as we confront the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

While the situation is evolving, it’s important we all act on the basis of the most up to date medical advice. For more information on the health aspects of COVID-19, please follow the link to:

health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

My staff and I are available to assist you if you need information or support services relating to the broader impact of COVID-19. You’re welcome to call my office on 9349 6007, email matt.thistlethwaite.mp@aph.gov.au or reach me via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The following links provide further information on the support available for our community from the Federal Government.

Australian Tax Office – Details on the federal government’s economic response and available support including support for tax obligations: ato.gov.au/Individuals/Dealing-with-disasters/In-detail/Specific-disasters/COVID-19/?page=1#Support_if_you_are_experiencing_difficulties

Business – Details on support for small and large businesses: business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business

Services Australia – Information on financial support from the government for those effected by the virus, including those required to isolate without sufficient leave: dss.gov.au/about-the-department/covid-19-information-and-support#pay

Also, please note that all Australians abroad are now being urged to return home as soon as possible by commercial flights.

Full travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can be found at smartraveller.gov.au in the first instance. For urgent consular assistance please call the Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra on 1300 555 135 (within Australia), +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas, except China), +61 2 6261 9225 (from China) or SMS to +61 421 269 080

I will continue to provide you with updated information as it becomes available.


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