COVID 19

Stage 3 Restrictions – Victoria, Australia. Last updated 01/04/2020.

As agreed by National Cabinet, Stage 3 restrictions came into effect at 11:59pm Monday 30 March 2020. They will be in place for 4 weeks and reviewed as required. It means that gatherings are now restricted to no more than 2 people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education. Under these Stage 3 restrictions, the new directions are now enforceable.

If people breach these directions, they face on-the-spot fines of $1,652 for individuals and $9,913 for businesses. Larger fines can also be issued through the courts.

As outlined by Premier Daniel Andrews; there are only 4 reasons to be out:

  • shopping for what you need – food and essential supplies
  • medical, care or compassionate needs
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely

What is happening at Annie North?

We are still operating 24/7.  We continue to provide all of our responses to family violence through remote non-face-to-face contact.

We expect family violence to increase during COVID 19 as it has with other natural disasters. We know that for women and children experiencing family violence, the home is the most unsafe place for them.  During self-isolation, the home will become unsafe for many women and children.  Family violence services, along with police, are Essential Services still operating for you.   Please call 000 in an emergency, or if you are thinking you are, or are becoming, unsafe call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Safe Steps (1800 015 188) to talk to a specialist family violence worker.