COVID-19 community sector forum

16 March 2020
On Friday 13 March 2020, the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) co-hosted an information session for the community sector about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak and sector preparedness.

To view the forum online, visit

The focus was on ensuring business continuity plans are current, discussing service delivery impacts and prioritising the need to promote good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Forum attendees were given an opportunity to ask questions and this FAQ provides answers to those relating to funding and service delivery.    

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