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Coronavirus (COVID-19) support measures for Indigenous Australians

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious illness. It puts people such as the elderly and those with existing medical conditions at increased risk.

All Australian governments are working together to slow the spread of the virus, keep Australians healthy, and support our nation to bounce back strongly following this pandemic.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities are a priority in the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan. At the Federal level, the Department of Health is leading the Commonwealth’s response on COVID-19, with the NIAA supporting this effort to reduce the impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Agency is working with a range of Commonwealth, State and Territory Departments and Agencies to support and protect Indigenous Australians, with an immediate focus on those living in remote areas.

The Agency is working with the Department of Home Affairs and other stakeholders to ensure that food security is maintained. The NIAA is also working with stakeholders to ensure Indigenous businesses and organisations can access the wide range of Government support that has been announced.

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP has announced a number of targeted measures to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These measures include support to protect Indigenous communities, limits to the movement of people into designated areas, adjustments to the Community Development Programme and other activities funded under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

The information collected on these pages explains how people can keep themselves and their communities safe, the restrictions required to reduce the spread of the virus, temporary arrangements put in place for programs and providers funded by NIAA, and links to resources that are available to you to share or learn more.

More information

More detailed information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are concerned or feeling unwell is available on the Department of Health’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert.

Advice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the national coronavirus hotline on 1800 020 080.

Information on the Australian Government’s stimulus package, eligibility and details of how to apply, are available on the Services Australia website.

Australia.gov.au is also a reliable source of information, updates and advice.

Each state and territory has also established dedicated websites to provide information relevant to their residents.