This page is current as at 31/3/2020 1:00pm
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.
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
30 March 2020
The State Government has introduced Stage 3 restrictions which come into effect from 12.01am 31 March 2020, including:
Gatherings are now restricted to no more than 2 people except for members of your immediate household and for work or education.
Under the Stage 3 restrictions, the new directions will mean that what was previously advice about staying home, will become enforceable.
Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms are to close.
These Stage 3 restrictions will be in place for 4 weeks and reviewed as required.
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.
Banned activities include:
- Recreational facilities must not operate between midnight 26th March 2020 and midnight 13th April 2020.
- Swimming pools. A person who owns, controls or operates premises at which there is a swimming pool must not permit any person to use the pool, unless it is a private residential pool not available for communal use.
- Non-essential retail must cease operating.
- Food and drink facilities must not operate (Except takeaway).
- More information about the announcement is available here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and here https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirusresponse
|Business, premises or place||Exceptions|
|Community and recreation centres||Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services-only.|
|Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres||Closed.|
|Boot camps, personal training operating outside and inside||For outside events, limited to groups of no more than 2 people and social distancing must be exercised.|
|Social sporting-based activities||Not permitted.|
Note, this advice has been put in place to limit group exposure. Essential-activity has been defined as any work that can continue and maintain social distancing and very limited physical interaction with others.
Based on the DHHS physical distancing and transmission reduction measures advice, LSV advises facilities to apply social distancing and hygiene practices, including:
- Being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between patrons and staff and no more than one person per four square metres of ground space in a given occupied space. The rule of 1 person for every 4 square metres must be maintained to ensure a safe physical distance.
- Making hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles available, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.
- Stopping handshaking and other physical greetings.
- Promoting good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene.
- Provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers.
- Moving activities outside where reasonable and practicable (such as meetings).
- Cleaning and disinfecting shared high-touch surfaces regularly.
- Considering opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air.
- Promote a regular handwashing schedule.
What opportunities exist during this period?
- Consider your facility upgrade bucket list (bring forward capital works).
- Consider IT projects or other projects that can be achieved regardless of social distancing.
- Consider implementing upgrades to workforce management and/or point of sale.
- Consider professional development opportunities for staff of all levels.
- Consider deep cleans of customer-facing areas.
Commercial Aquatics Australia have developed an FAQ for pool plant operators to advise on the considerations they should take before shutting down their pool plant. Please see this resource for further information
Can swimming lessons be delivered?
The delivery of swimming lessons is a key activity for many public and private facilities, however, it is deemed to be a non-essential service and there are significant challenges in maintaining appropriate social distancing at the same time as a safe aquatic environment for students, particularly children. As such, LSV strongly recommends the suspension of swimming and water safety teaching activities at this time.
Can existing activities be adjusted to safely continue?
Due to the requirement for non-essential services to cease at this time, there are no reasonable adjustments that would be deemed to be compliant with the current government recommendations. As such, activities are recommended to cease. LSV will provide updates as soon as this information changes.
Upon assessing the activity the following options are available to the aquatic facilities:
- Cancel the activity
- Adapt / modify and continue the activity
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.
Is LSV delivering training courses?
Due to the evolving impact of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19 Life Saving Victoria has cancelled all Public Training Courses from 23 March – 1 July 2020. Delivery of training, workshops and professional development and associated travel to attend these have not been deemed as essential services.
The safety of our course participants, trainers and members is of the upmost importance and this decision is in line with advice from the Victorian and Australian Governments, the Australian Resuscitation Council and the World Health Organisation.
Advice from the Australian Resuscitation Council on 19 March 2020 stated that that “routine first aid and resuscitation courses should be postponed until the current COVID-19 pandemic has abated”.
In particular, LSV has identified that it will not be possible to meet Government recommendations and appropriately train and assess the following skills and techniques to a standard that would meet industry standards and community expectations. Those tasks listed below are a few examples. Each example is a mandatory training and assessment activity under the respective training packages:
- Oxygen resuscitation and oxygen therapy.
- Perform basic water rescue techniques.
- Perform advanced water rescue techniques (spinal management).
- Patient extractions with and without equipment.
- Observe and assess condition of the casualty.
- Monitor airways and make use of the recovery position.
- Perform basic water rescue techniques.
- Respond to participants experiencing difficulties.
- Identify and promptly respond to issues that arise duringthe rescue.
Adjust or refine individual or group performance.
- Use techniques to maintain group control.
- Observe performance of each participant in water and adjust as required.
First Aid and CPR:
- Casualty relocation and assisted into a comfortable position.
- Hygiene is maintained for the protection of self.
- Vital signs are continually monitored.
- Casualties condition is monitored.
- Management of bleeding, anaphylaxis and asthma.
- Management of burns, soft tissue injuries and envenomation.
Is LSV delivering assessment services?
LSV ASSESSMENT SERVICES REMAIN AVAILABLE TO BOOK AND DELIVER THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD.
TO ASSIST AND SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY, LSV IS REDUCING ALL POOL SAFETY SERVICE FEES BY 25%.
Given the nature of the assessment services offered by LSV, these activities will continue as planned. LSV will work with and support any facilities that wish to cancel or postpone their assessment. The exception to this will be Mystery Guest Visits (MGV’s), which will cease with immediate effect as a result of many facilities being closed.
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 and Recreation Industry – Professional Development Series
In uncertain and challenging times, key aquatic and fitness industry organisations have come together and taken the decision to collaborate and step up the effort to support engagement and professional development during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
The outcome of the collaboration is Life Saving Victoria’s decision to offer free professional development opportunities to anybody associated with the aquatic and fitness industry four times each week between April and July. The professional development will include a range of presentations, seminars and panel events delivered by industry leaders and external experts from across the country.
These sessions will be delivered directly into the homes of industry personnel through a simple Microsoft Teams link. Four streams have been developed to appeal to a broad scope of industry personnel. The project intends to not just offer professional development opportunities, but more importantly the ability for industry personnel to connect and engage during this time of increased isolation.
To join the session, simply visit this web-page and click the LINK at the time and date of the session and follow the prompts. Alternatively so you don’t forget, cut and paste the link into your outlook calendar.
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.
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
Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus (PDF)
Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus (Word)
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)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Factsheet for the Victorian public – updated 03 March 2020
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) factsheet for Victorians – Simplified Chinese
Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) Advice for Victorians poster – Arabic (PDF)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) factsheet for people aged over 65 years (Word)
Home Isolation Guidance – Australian Federal Government
Myth busting – Novel Coronavirus
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|