Community recovery and support services
The Queensland Government is here to provide help to Queenslanders in need. It is important that we can focus on the more vulnerable members of our community.
We need your help to do that.
While it is no longer mandatory to self-isolate at home if you have symptoms or have tested positive to COVID-19, Queensland Health strongly recommends you stay home to isolate until you no longer have acute respiratory symptoms.
Plan for a possible period of self-isolation.
Ensure that you have adequate supplies of food, medication and essential items.
Rely on your family, friends, or neighbours.
Maintain contact with your personal network
Use online delivery services for food and medication where possible. Food shops and chemists are making online purchasing available.
Ask friends, family members or neighbours to assist by arranging delivery of essential items to your home – ensure you keep a safe distance.
Community Recovery Hotline
If you have no other means of getting food or essential items, call 1800 173 349.
The Community Recovery Hotline is available to support vulnerable Queenslanders who have been advised by a medical professional to isolate at home and who have no other means of support.
Our staff will be able to work with partner organisations to arrange non-contact delivery of essential food and medication to people in such circumstances.
The Community Recovery Hotline can be contacted on 1800 173 349.
Health and wellbeing
Help and support during self-isolation
If you have questions about being a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 and what to do if it is recommended that you self-isolate, find information about your requirements, testing and health directions/recommendations on the Queensland Government website. As at 6pm Monday 31 October, there are no longer any Public Health Directions in effect, however some businesses, facilities and individuals may still have their own requirements in place.
Specific advice and information about self isolation is also available for Queenslanders, such as instructions on how to isolate, how to access food and medication, and where to get help.
It’s important to remember to look after both your physical and mental health during a period of self-isolation.
For tips and ideas about how to strengthen your mental health visit the Dear Mind website.
For support, inspiration, and ideas on how to stay healthy and active during self-isolation visit the Boost Your Healthy website.
To talk to someone about self-isolation and for health advice, Queenslanders should call 134 COVID (134 268) or visit the Queensland Government website.
The Queensland Mental Health Commission's website also has a wide range of resources available. Further advice and strategies to manage your mental health and wellbeing during self-isolation is available from UnitingCare Queensland, or Beyond Blue’s COVID-19 wellbeing service or call Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 for support.
The financial impacts of COVID-19 have evolved rapidly and hit different members of society unevenly. The Salvation Army are offering free financial counselling and free videos and action plans on their website to help you through these challenging times.
Those on a low income may be eligible to apply for a ‘No Interest Loan’. For more information and details on how to apply, visit the MoneySmart website.
Information for Queenslanders with disability
Queenslanders with Disability Network
Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) in partnership with the Queensland Government have information and support available for people with a disability on the QDN website.
- Get the facts – Easy English information about COVID-19
- Make a plan – practical tools, resources and tips for developing your own COVID-19 preparedness plan
- Who to contact if you need help – Easy English information about the Community Recovery Hotline.
People with disability can contact the Disability Gateway to get free, fact-checked and private information and advice about COVID-19. They can also be referred to other support services if needed, including counselling and advocacy. The Disability Gateway can help families, carers and support workers, too.
To use the Disability Gateway, go to Disability Gateway or call 1800 643 787. The Disability Gateway phone line is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm AEDT.
If you need information in a language other than English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the Disability Gateway.
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask to be connected to the Disability Gateway.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) clients and aged care clients
If you are receiving NDIS or My Aged Care services contact your service provider to seek support in the first instance.
Alternatively, you can call:
- the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
- the NDIS Contact Centre on 1800 800 110
- the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422
- the National Relay Service Helpdesk on 1800 555 660.
NDIS participants will now have access to priority home delivery assistance. NDIS participants would have received a unique code via SMS or email, which will provide them direct access to priority home grocery delivery services from Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Foodland IGA, Foodworks and Harris Farm. An updated list of retailers will be kept under the FAQ section on the Coronavirus page of the NDIS website. This is a further measure to ensure NDIS participants can continue to access the services and supports they need.
The Australian Government has announced these further NDIS and COVID-19 related initiatives:
- eligible participants are able to use existing NDIS plan funding to purchase low-cost assistive technology, including smart devices, to enable continued access to disability supports through telehealth and telepractice while physical distancing requirements are in place
- new support items for Supported Independent Living providers are now available where a participant has been diagnosed with COVID-19, including higher intensity support and professional cleaning services
- download access request and supporting evidence forms from the NDIS website.
Education and children
- Study Queensland is working with its clients to support them and international students with careers advice, rental issues, financial support, early access to superannuation, changes in study conditions, and visa issues. For more information visit Study Queensland's website.
- It can be difficult to explain COVID-19 to children, and therefore Red Cross have developed tips to help parents navigate the conversation. For more information visit the Red Cross website.
- A new children’s book, Birdie and the Virus developed by Children’s Health Queensland, helps children better understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Birdie and the Virus can be read online for free in English, Farsi, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, or printed copies can be ordered.