This page is current as at 29/5/2020 5:30pm
The latest information, resources and links will be posted here to assist in providing Life Saving Victoria (LSV) members and stakeholders with the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
Information is changing quickly, we take advice from the Federal Government through the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) and will use their information for the most up-to-date advice. For the most up-to-date information, including the latest government advice and updates, visit the DHHS website or the Victorian Government’s health alert page.
Below you will find information including:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness.
People of all ages have been diagnosed with COVID-19, but those known to be most at risk of severe illness are elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported are:
- Respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
- Sore throat
Visit DHHS – About Coronavirus for more information about the virus.
Coronavirus hotline – 1800 675 398
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – 1800 675 398 – open 24 hours, 7 days.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
The Victorian Government has announced the gradual easing of restrictions throughout the state from 11:59pm Sunday 31 May ?2020.
What you need to know
- Stay safe by maintaining good hygiene, keeping your distance from others and if you feel unwell, stay home.
- If you have symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested.
- From 26 May schools gradually resume classroom learning.
- From 1 June gradual easing of restrictions is planned for social events and ceremonies, fitness, sport and recreation, personal services, cafes and restaurants, travel and leisure, culture and entertainment.
- From 22 June a further easing of restrictions is planned.
- All eased restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of COVID-19.
Visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19 for details about what you will be able to do from 1 June, as well as what you can do up until 31 May.
Current restrictions: 5 reasons to be out
Restrictions are currently in place in Victoria. Effective 11.59pm on Tuesday, 12 May 2020, there are only 5 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
- visiting friends and family – if you really need to
Police can issue fines for non-compliance with these restrictions. Current restrictions remain in place until 11:59pm Sunday 31 May 2020.
For more information, see the gradual easing of restrictions page at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Life Saving Victoria (LSV) continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LSV commends the Victorian Government on its approach to slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and remains supportive of all measures to protect local communities. LSV is working across our organisation and wider aquatic industry to prepare for a staged easing of restrictions in line with Victorian Government advice. LSV welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Government of a $150 million survival package for Victoria’s sport, tourism and creative industries, which includes support for sporting clubs, community sport and recreation organisations, to help them return strongly after the pandemic. LSV provides the following updates in response to the announcement by the Victorian Government on the gradual easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions around sports and exercise.
Aquatic Sport (Lifesaving)
LSV has updated its Activity Guide as it relates to lifesaving and will continue to update this as information changes. The LSV Aquatic Sport Executive has formed several working groups, which have initiated a return to play plan for the lifesaving sport 2020/21 season. This plan will align with implementation timelines as they are announced by the Victorian Government. If any members would like to get in touch or contribute their ideas, please contact the LSV Sport Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifesaving Operations / Clubs
As an emergency service, LSV has and will continue to provide emergency response services as required throughout coronavirus-related restrictions. This includes our clubs, marine rescue services as well as the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. LSV will continue to provide guidance to lifesaving clubs and members about appropriate club activities (such as training, sport, events and other programs). This guidance will be in line with advice and requirements from the Victorian Government including the Department of Health and Human Services and Emergency Management Victoria. Supporting clubs to prepare for the future is a key part of our mission and, as part of this, some new Life Saving Club facilities will soon be complete. We look forward to official opens in the future.
Training and Education Programs
LSV has modified and developed its training and education programs for water safety education and training, either through online or remote training options. LSV will look to reinstate training and education programs in line with these phases and in line with implementation timelines as they are announced by the Victorian Government.
27 May 2020
Circular 344.05.20 – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Circular 353.05.20 –Support for Clubs – Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package
20 May 2020
Circular 337.05.20 – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Circular 341.05.20 – Extension of Victorian Government’s Business Support Fund
13 May 2020
Circular 334.05.20 – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
06 May 2020
17 April 2020
15 April 2020
LSV COVID-19 First Responder Checklist Version 11
08 April 2020
Updated Health Alert for Members and Clubs on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Circular 301.04.20 – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Circular 302.04.20 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Monitoring Self Isolation Cases
Circular 303.04.20 – Centralised Personal Protective Equipment Model and Stocktake
01 April 2020
24 March 2020
20 March 2020
LSV Circular Updates for Members and Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19)
LSV Circular Volunteer Training Activities impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
LSV Circular Event Cancellations/Postponements (Sport – IRB, Pool, ILS Worlds)
LSV Circular Club Resources (Patrols) for Corononavirus (COVID-19)
LSV Circular Event Postponement (Development)
19 March 2020
18 March 2020
13 March 2020
LSV Circular – Health Alerts for Members and Clubs Coronavirus (COVID-19)
LSV Health Alert – Coronavirus COVID-19
LSV Circular – Youth / Senior Victorian State Championships Cancellation
LSV Circular – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for Volunteer Training
12 March 2020
- Decontamination Quick Reference Guide [20032020 19:10pm] – The decontamination Guide provides information and guidance for LSV members and affiliates in their response to suspected communicable disease cases. This guideline is intended to inform members and assist in their risk based approach. In the context of COVID-19, this guide serves as a resource in the approach, treatment, and decontamination of any suspected cases. This guideline should be read in conjunction with the updated Communicable Diseases Policy.
- Decontamination Guide [Communicable Disease] [20032020 19:10pm] – The Decontamination Quick Reference Guide is intended to provide LSV members with easy follow information detailing actions to take if interacting with a patient who is suspected to be suffering from COVID-19. The guide includes information related to decontamination procedures to follow and steps to take. If you or your club are unable to locate and or use the specific substances or equipment detailed please contact the LSV Operations Team for further instruction and advice.
- Pandemic plan template for clubs [19032020 21:45pm] – the purpose of this document is to provide clubs with a template based on LSV framework. Throughout the document, some some examples have been provided of risks and mitigants. Clubs should review and change as relevant to their specific circumstances.
- LSV COVID-19 First Responder Checklist – this is a checklist for volunteer lifesavers, lifeguards, first aid officers and those personnel responding to patients.
- LSV Travel Register Template.xls– template for clubs and organisations to use to track and review all travel both domestic and international (business and personal) to track and make decisions regarding return to work/club
- COVID-19 Workplan – Template– work plan template to capture preparedness tasks and monitor
- COVID-19 meeting letter template– letter to send to members and participants outlining additional safety measures for meetings or indoor gatherings under 100 people
- LSV top tips for successfully chairing virtual meetings – in accordance with new limits on non-essential indoor gatherings, LSV Committee/Council meetings will now be held via teleconference or video conference, rather than physically in person.
- Practical guide of LSV affiliated Clubs on AGMS
- Notes for SLS Entity AGMs
Life Saving Victoria (LSV) continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LSV commends the Victorian Government on its approach to slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and remains supportive of all measures to protect local communities.
LSV is working across our organisation and wider aquatic industry to prepare for a staged easing of restrictions in line with Victorian Government advice.
LSV welcomes the announcement by the Victorian Government of a $150 million survival package for Victoria’s sport, tourism and creative industries, which includes support for sporting clubs, community sport and recreation organisations, to help them return strongly after the pandemic.
Royal Life Saving Society Australia has developed a Guideline for Safe Pool Operations – COVID-19 which forms the minimum national benchmark of safety activities that facilities should meet prior to re-opening their doors.
RLSSA Statement 2
RLSSA Statement 1
23 March 2020
13 March 2020
For more information about business impacts in Victoria, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/business-sector-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
30 March 2020
Moratorium on Commercial Evictions
The Federal and State Governments announced on 30th March 2020 that a moratorium on evictions will be introduced for the next 6 months for residential and commercial tenants who are experiencing financial distress due to the impact of coronavirus. This will apply across all states and territories.
27 March 2020
What can be done to support business continuity?
While COVID-19 started as a health emergency, it is rapidly developing into an economic crisis. Your planning needs to consider a significant downturn in business activity. You may need to consider how you redeploy staff across other areas of your organisation. You may need to discuss leave arrangements. As a last resort, you may need to consider stand downs.
S524 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) allows an employer to stand down an employee without pay in certain circumstances for a period when the employee cannot be usefully employed because of, among other reasons, a stoppage of work for any cause for which the employer cannot reasonably be held responsible. Stand downs should only be considered as a last resort and specific advice should be sought before doing so.
What financial support is available?
- Casuals and sole-traders are able to access a “coronavirus supplement” of $550 a fortnight for the next six months. Any sole traders and casual workers who are currently earning less than $1,075 a fortnight will be eligible to receive the full supplement.
- Households: If you’re not eligible to receive the coronavirus supplement, you could still be able to claim a $750 stimulus payment. The payment will be made automatically from July 13 to about 5 million Australians, including the age pension, a carers allowance or family tax benefit and Commonwealth senior card holders That’s in addition to a separate $750 stimulus payment announced earlier this month.
- Resource: Australian Federal Government – Department of Social Security
- Resource: Minister for the Department of Social Services Statement
- Resource: Australian Federal Government – Australian Tax Office
- Resource: Economic Justice Australia – COVID-19 and Centrelink Factsheet
What is the impact for the industry?
The impact of the current State of Emergency will be significant, but exact details are unknown. Research by Royal Life Saving Society identifies the scale of the industry:
- There are more than 1,077 aquatic facilities, the majority owned by local councils.
- There are more than 1,176 swim schools, including many small businesses.
- The aquatic industry sector employs approximately 67,000 frontline workers.
- Approximately 1.5 million children 0-14 years participate in organised swimming (lessons, coaching) outside of school programs every year.
- We estimate more than 106 million individual pool visits annually.
In addition to the CPR and First Aid Webinar Training for Workplaces and the CPR@Home and First Aid@Home training courses already available, LSV is pleased to announce that face-to-face courses are currently open for booking, this includes Pool Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, face to face CPR and First Aid and Aquatic Technical Operator. All training courses are discounted 25% until December 31.
You can book into courses at www.lsv.com.au/training.
To book a group course for your staff contact email@example.com or call us on 03 9676 6950 for group bookings.
To support a return to business trading once safe and appropriate, Life Saving Victoria is providing support for swim schools to ‘Re-start‘ and become ‘stronger than before‘.
The LSV Swim School Support Services will include a FREE one hour Swim Teacher PD session each week providing swim teachers with skills to deliver swimming lessons under appropriate and phased physical distancing requirements.
Facilities will also be offered swim school programming options to help:
- Maximise pool occupancy with social distancing restrictions
- Understand economic measures vs public health measures
The Swim School Programming Options’ will be distributed via a free resource along with the option to customise and tailor this to your specific facility and clientele.
For tailored support for your swim school contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
Water Safety @Home
Life Saving Victoria have developed a new ‘Water Safety @Home’ online activity suite, to provide schools, industry and the community with interactive virtual resources to encourage the continuation of swimming and water safety education during the COVID-19 period. These activities include new Swimming & Water Safety Toolkit resources; CPR & First Aid for Kids @Home + Everyday Lifesaver App; Swimming @Home; Nippers @Home; and the Water Safety Watch & Learn video series.
Visit www.lsv.com.au/watersafetyathome for more information and to access all resources.
Pool Safety Services
LSV are pleased to continue to offer a 25% discount on Pool Safety Services including:
-Pool Safety Assessments
-Supervision Plan Validation Audit
-Supervision Plan development
-Emergency Planning Services (incl: Emergency Plan development, Emergency Planning Committee Training, Emergency Management Risk Assessments & Evacuation Diagrams
Are planned LSV industry events going ahead?
A number of upcoming activities and events which will be impacted by the current state of emergency. While some activities will need to be cancelled, where possible activities will be postponed or conducted via an alternative method. See LSV event advice for a full list of changes.
Aquatic, Fitness and Recreation (AFAR) – Professional Development Series
In uncertain and challenging times, key aquatic and fitness industry organisations have come together and taken the decision to step up the effort to support engagement and professional development during the COVID-19 state of emergency. The outcome of this collaboration is the decision to offer free professional development opportunities to anybody associated with the aquatic and fitness industry four times each week between April and July.
These sessions will be delivered directly into the homes of industry personnel through a simple Microsoft teams link. Four streams have been developed to guide the delivery / inform attendance and are hoped to encourage uptake by a broad scope of industry personnel who are stuck at home.
To participate head to: https://lsv.com.au/pool-safety-services/afrf-pd-series/
Please take care of yourself and others during this difficult time and stay connected, these are really trying times and sometimes we all need some additional support.
DHHS mental health resources
If you would like to talk to someone now, you can contact:
Lifeline | 13 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636 | beyondblue.org.au
Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800 | kidshelpline.com.au
Head to Health | headtohealth.gov.au
Eheadspace 1800 650 893 | headspace.org.au/eheadspace/
Love me Love you | lovemeloveyou.org.au
National Coronavirus Helpline | 1800 020 080
Support groups and online forums; talking about what’s going on with others who understand – or may be going through something similar – can really make a difference.
Our friends at Black Dog Institute have a list of support groups in every state and territory that can help you connect with groups of people who meet regularly to discuss their experiences, their problems and their strategies for coping.
The Beyond Blue online forums are also a great way to connect with people online, in a safe and anonymous environment, to discuss anxiety, depression, suicide and a range of life issues. Anyone in Australia can participate in discussions, connect with others and share their experiences with our community.
The National Mental Health Commission has come together with mental health organisations, experts and leaders to develop #InThisTogether – a national conversation that everyone can join in on, sharing practical tips online to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians during #COVID-19.
The following section provides a selection of resources to assist you, your families, workplaces and clubs to stay connected, talk and support.
Phoenix Australia resources
From our friends at Phoenix Australia a number of useful resources, click through the link above for contact and additional information.
Resources for community members
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tip sheet: Taking care of yourself and your family
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tip sheet: Isolation activities for children and adolescents
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video: Keeping yourself mentally well
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video: 4 ways to look after yourself during self-isolation
Resources for organisations
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video: Looking after the mental health of your workforce
Other helpful resources from our networks
Sport Australia – helpful tools, resources and videos from the team at AIS
RUOK? – tools and tips for staying connected
Tip Sheet Children and COVID-19 – Ambulance Victoria developed resource to assist with talking to children and young children
Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak – information from the World Health Organisation on key mental health considerations
LSV Trauma Support resources
LSV Critical Incident information provides information on reactions, tips and information on Trauma response to stressful situations. Members can contact LSV Comms for further support.
Physical activity is a proven way to reduce the effects of stress. Look for online content that could help you exercise, do yoga or learn a new healthy pastime. Dust off your home exercise equipment, and use the downtime to improve your fitness!
VicHealth has reviewed the best smartphone applications for healthy living.
LSV Partner Support
Westpac has supported their customers and community through the good and tough times for more than 200 years and they continue to be there for you as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Visit the Westpac COVID-19: Customer Support page to find out more
Slowing the spread of coronavirus (PDF)
Wash your hands regularly poster
Wash your hands regularly poster – Simplified Chinese (PDF)
Wash your hands regularly poster – Arabic (PDF)
Cover your cough and sneeze poster
Cover your cough and sneeze poster – Simplified Chinese (PDF)
Cover your cough and sneeze poster – Arabic (PDF)
Swimming and Water Safety Online Resources
LSV Event Advice
LSV would like to advise our members and stakeholders that in the interest of?our community, the following events have been postponed/cancelled.
These decisions have been made in response to the current and evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, in the best interested of the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, stakeholders and wider community.
We share the disappointment this news brings and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.
|March||18 March 2020||U15 & U19 First Aid Championships||CANCELLED|
|20 March 2020||Inclusive Swimming Think Tank||POSTPONED|
|21-23 March 2020||Victorian Youth/Senior Lifesaving State Championships – Lorne||CANCELLED|
|26 March 2020||Blue Connections Session 16 Innovation for||POSTPONED|
|27-29 March 2020||U13 Development Camp||POSTPONED|
|28 March 2020||SME Review – IRB Crew/Driver Resources||CANCELLED|
|April||5 April 2020||LSV Surf Boat Carnival at Fairhaven||CANCELLED|
|5 April 2020||SLSA Beach Warrior, South Melbourne||POSTPONED|
|May||8-10 May 2020||U15 Development Camp||POSTPONED|
|23 May 2020||Valuing Volunteers Evening||POSTPONED|
|30 May 2020||Subject Matter Expert Review – Volunteer Training IT?||CANCELLED|
|May/June||LSV’s Junior Pool Competition||CANCELLED|
|May/June||TRE IRB Series||CANCELLED|
|June||20-21 June 2020||TRE Victorian IRB Championships||CANCELLED|
|September||September/October||ILS Lifesaving World Championships 2020 (Riccione, Italy)||POSTPONED|
|July||23-26 July 2020||2020 Australian IRB Championships||POSTPONED|
|August||7-9 August 2020||2020 Australian Pool Rescue Championships||POSTPONED|