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Keeping Queensland communities safe during coronavirus

The Queensland Government is working in partnership with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils so that local leaders can make decisions for their communities’ safety and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland is important, especially for Elders and those with existing medical conditions.

We rely on official Queensland Health advice about COVID-19 to assist local decision-making. To protect yourself and others:

  • practice good hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and water regularly
  • stay 2 big steps away from others
  • stay home if you’re sick.

Learn more about how to protect yourself, your family and community.

  • Travel restrictions to remote communities

    All travel restrictions, including entry and quarantine requirements, have been removed from Queensland’s remote communities.

  • Domestic and family violence

    Domestic and family violence support services are still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some services may provide support in different ways as required under health directives.

  • Sorry Business and funerals

    There are currently restrictions in place that impact on Sorry Business and funerals. It's important to talk to your family and make alternative plans for observing these events.

  • Support for businesses and workers

    The Queensland and Australian Governments can provide advice and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses during this time.

Help is available

If you or someone you care about is distressed, in crisis, suicidal or needs someone to talk to, help is available. The following services provide confidential, non-judgmental support.

  • 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255) this service is a confidential mental health telephone triage service for Queenslanders that provides the first point of contact to public mental health services.
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) this service provides 24 hour assessment, referral, advice, and hospital and community health centre contact details.