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To help guide you through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, we have put together a list of websites and other resources to help you find information that could be relevant to you and provide you with the latest updates and advices from relevant government departments.

It is up to all of us to practice social distancing and self-isolation and following guidelines on travel to slow the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and others healthy.

Government Websites - Latest Updates



Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Chronic conditions that increase the risk and are of concern:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 years and vulnerable workers over 65 years:
      • Chronic renal failure
      • Coronary heart disease or congestive cardiac failure
      • Chronic lung disease (severe asthma (for which frequent medical consultations or the use of multiple medications is required), cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic emphysema)
      • Poorly controlled diabetes
      • Poorly controlled hypertension
    • People at any age with significant immunosuppression, as defined as:
      • Haematologic neoplasms: leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes
      • Post-transplant: solid organ (on immunosuppressive therapy), haematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 24 months or on treatment for GVHD
      • Immunocompromised due to primary or acquired immunodeficiency (including HIV infection)
      • Current chemotherapy or radiotherapy
      • High-dose corticosteroids (≥20 mg of prednisone per day, or equivalent) for ≥14 days
      • All biologics and most disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Older People - people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.
  • People in Aged Care Facilities - everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others. Managers, staff, family, friends and residents need to work together to protect older people in aged care facilities.

Resources for People with Disability
Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning for COVid-19

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) in conjuction with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government, has produced a planning tool for people with disability in dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

These practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situations.  

The Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) Planning Tool is a guide for people with disability to get the facts and to make a plan.

Staying Safe from Coronavirus

Easy Read Fact Sheet to find out how to stay safe from Coronavirus.

Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus

Easy Read Fact Sheet to help you look after your mental health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Produced by the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID).


NDIS Information -

The NDIS has a range of information and advice in relation to COVID-19.  The link above will take you to their Coronavirus (COVID-19) home page where you can access the information you need in relation to how it may affect your NDIS Plan and services and the new Priority Home Delivery Services program. 

From here you can also access information on how NDIS and their Partner offices will be operating.

Information is delivered through a number of Easy Read documents and Auslan videos and animations.  Information is also available in a number of other languages.

The NDIS Contact Centre remains the best contact option. Call the Contact Centre on 1800 800 110, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (local time). Select option 5 for plan enquiries related to COVID-19.


Overview of the 2019 Review of the NDIS Act and NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

To develop the Guarantee, the Government has commissioned a review of the NDIS Act. The review will focus on opportunities to make the NDIS process simpler and more straight forward and remove barriers to positive participant and provider experiences with the NDIS.

The review will consider what changes may need to be made to the NDIS legislation to support the Guarantee and set new standards into law. This may involve amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the NDIS Act) and the NDIS Rules, but will not change the design or intent of the NDIS.

The Government has appointed an independent expert, Mr David Tune AO PSM, to lead the review.  The review’s recommendations are due to be delivered to the Government by the end of 2019, to support the rollout of the Participant Service Guarantee on 1 July 2020.

Discussion Paper:      WORD    |    PDF    |   Easy Read WORD   |   Easy Read PDF   |  Listen to PDF 

Online Submission link:


Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

On 14 December 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission announced a major project: ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ (the National Conversation).

Throughout this year, we will be talking with people nationally to identify what makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia?

The purpose of the National Conversation is to:

Terms of Reference    PDF 

Discussion Paper:   WORD  |   PDF 

Issues Paper:   WORD   |   PDF 


Advocacy Organisations


Disability Advocacy Network Australia:

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia -

AMPARO Multicultural Disability Network (Brisbane) -

Capricorn Citizen Advocacy (Rockhampton) -

Gold Coast Advocacy Group (Southport) -

Mackay Advocacy -

People With Disability Australia (Mount Isa) -

Queensland Advocacy Inc. -

Queensland Parents of People with Disability (Brisbane) -

Rights in Action - Cairns -

Speaking Up For You -

Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy (Woombye) -

TASC (Toowoomba) -


Government Departments

Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland - IS NOW THE  Queensland Human Rights Commission -

Department of Social Services -

Department of Corrective Service -

Department of Justice and Attorney General -

Health Rights Commission -

National Disabiity Insurance Scheme (NDIS) -

Office of the Public Guardian -

Queensland Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors  -

Queensland Government Legislation -

Queensland Health -

Queensland Human Rights Commission -

The Public Advocate -

The Queensland Cabinet -


Legal Services

North Queensland Women's Legal Service -

Townsville Community Law Inc. -



Australian Policy Online -

Cerebral Palsy Australia -

Cerebral Palsy Group (USA) -

Community Resource Unit -


National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline -

National Disability Services -

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health -

Queensland Council of Social Services -

Selectability -

Social Role Valorisation Association -

Synapse (formerly Brain Injury Association Queensland) -