Last Updated: 16 May 2022, 10:40 AM
Latest News on COVID-19 in Canberra and ACT
A dedicated website with information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT is available at www.covid19.act.gov.au.
The ACT Government has eased restrictions surrounding the use of face masks in indoor settings from 6.00 pm Friday 25 February 2022.
However, there are several situations where masks are still required; many of which exist within Communities at Work services, including inside schools and Early Childhood Education Centres. See a full list of these places are here and if you are ever unsure, keep your mask on.
Wearing a mask is a simple and practical way to minimise the transmission of COVID-19. For children under 12, there is no mandatory requirement to wear a face mask and this remains at the discretion of parents and carers.
Don’t forget to use the Check-In CBR app when entering Schools and Early Childhood Education and Care Centres.
Changes to Quarantine Requirements for Household Contacts
Quarantine requirements for household contacts in the ACT changed at 11.59 pm on 26 April 2022. Household contacts can now leave their homes if they have no COVID-19 symptoms, and if they comply with the risk mitigation measures for seven days from the last time someone in the household tested positive for COVID-19.
A household contact must notify their employer or educational facility that they are a household contact to assist in deciding whether work or study can be undertaken from home.
Importantly, if a household contact has, or develops, even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms they are not permitted to leave their home and must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. Even if they have a negative test result they should stay at home until they are symptom-free.
Household contacts are also not permitted to enter a high-risk setting during the seven days unless an exemption has been granted by the relevant setting.
If you have any questions, please call the local covid-19 helpline on (02) 6207 7244 – operating daily 8 am to 8 pm.
Communities at Work’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
We have made the decision that all employees (including contractors), volunteers, family day care educators, and in-home care educators must stay up to date with their COVID vaccination status.
A person is ‘up to date’ if they have completed all the doses for their age and individual health needs as recommended in the latest clinical guidance, published by Department of Health. Please visit this page for more information.
The ACT Government’s announcement requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 for certain staff working across early childhood settings, ACT primary schools, out of school hours care and specialist and flexible education settings for the remainder of 2021, supports our policy. Read the announcement here.
For operational information on Communities at Work’s program areas, please see below:
Please note that we are assessing the current COVID-19 situation week by week. There is an identified increase in the risk of transmission in the community. Communities at Work’s response to the current situation is cautious, and our priority continues to remain the health and well-being of all our employees, volunteers, clients, partners and the broader Canberra community.
Therefore, we may be required to close services at a short notice. Clients will be notified directly via email or phone in such instances. Please get in touch with your relevant program/service area if you have any questions or concerns. You can also the Get in Touch form here to contact us.
Service Operations: Children’s Services
Child Care and Education Centres
Family Day Care and In-home Care
Our family day care and in-home care services are operating as usual, as per the discretion of the educators. If you are having any trouble making contact, contact our family day care coordination unit using the Get in touch form.
Out of School Hours Care
Our Before and After School Care services are operating as usual. Our School holiday programs will be operating as usual for the July 2022 holidays. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, programs may close at short notice.
Please contact our Enrolments Team at email@example.com or call 1300 212 273 for more information.
Support for people experiencing hardship
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, please call us on 02 6293 6500 or submit an enquiry through the Get in Touch form here.
Community Pantries and Crisis Support
Our community pantries and crisis support services are operating as usual. For more information including opening hours etc., please visit the community pantries page here. Find out more about our crisis support (emergency relief) services here. For more information, please call 02 6293 6500.
Our clothing program (to support vulnerable people with clothes for important occasions) is available by appointment only. For more information, please call 02 6293 6500. Visit our clothing support page for details.
Food and Clothing Donations
We are accepting food, clothing and monetary donations to help those in need. For more information, please visit our Make a Donation page. You can also call 02 6293 6500 for enquiries.
Seniors and Disability Services
Seniors Centres, In-Home Services, Transport
Our Seniors centres (Holder and Ngunnawal) are operating as usual. Details can be found on our Programs for Seniors page. Our In-home services delivered through brokered agencies are continuing, monitored by the CHSP and Seniors’ team. For details, please visit our In-Home Care and Community Support page.
Transport Services: are operating as usual. Please visit this page for details.
Our centre-based disability programs are operating as usual. Please visit our Disability Services page for updates on program calendars.
Phone (In-Home, Seniors): (02) 6293 6254
Phone (Transport): (02) 6126 9090
Phone (Disability Programs): (02) 6293 6500
Email (Seniors, Transport, In-Home): firstname.lastname@example.org
Email (Disability Programs): email@example.com
Phone: (02) 6293 6314
Centre of Professional Learning and Education (CPLE)
Our Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148) is operating as usual. Please visit the CPLE page for details. For any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the CPLE team at 02 6293 6220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities at Work’s Response to COVID-19
We are following the advice of the ACT government pertaining to the COVID-19 situation in Canberra. Communities at Work is taking a precautionary approach to managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and well-being of our staff and clients is our highest priority. Taking into account the current situation, we may be required to close programs/services at a short notice. We request you to contact your relevant program/service area for more information if this happens.
Please contact us using the Get in Touch form here if you are unable to directly reach out to your program/service area.
If you need any further information on Communities at Work programs and services, or how Communities at Work is managing the current situation, or have any questions, please contact us using the details below.
Communities at Work Tuggeranong, Tuggeranong Community Centre
245 Cowlishaw St
Greenway ACT 2900
Communities at Work Gungahlin, Gungahlin Community Centre
47 Ernest Cavanagh Street
Gungahlin ACT 2912
Phone: (02) 6293 6500
Trusted Information Sources
- ACT Health Directorate – for the latest advice and official reports from an ACT perspective.
- Commonwealth Department of Health – for the latest advice and official reports from a national perspective.
- Smartraveller – for the latest information and advice for safe travel overseas.
- World Health Organisation – for information and guidance from a global perspective.