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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Queensland Government remains committed to keeping Queenslanders informed and advised on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is available to engage with representatives of communities affected to extend its support and gauge community needs.

It is important that all Queenslanders continue to visit the Queensland Health website for the most up-to-date-information, which is also translated into several languages.

In the current circumstances it is more important than ever to recognise that we all belong, and we face this situation united as Queenslanders.

The most up-to-date information for all Queenslanders can be found in the links below:


6 November 2020

Queensland Health has published translations of the latest information about COVID-19 restrictions and Queensland border controls in 24 languages.

16 October 2020

Stage 4 of easing restrictions for places of worship information. Effective 16 October 2020.

29 August 2020

Message from the Director-General: Important updates to restrictions

28 August 2020

Message from the Director-General:Extension of COVID-19 restrictions to include the Gold Coast
Important information is available in:

23 August 2020

Message from the Director-General: Update to public health restrictions
Important information is available in:

22 August 2020
10 July 2020

Stage 3 of the Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions started at midday 10 July, meaning you can welcome more of your communities to worship onsite, face-to-face in your spiritual homes.

The department has developed a factsheet (PDF, 64KB) to which explains what this means for you.

7 July 2020

Study Queensland is advising international students:

  • Students should maintain good communication with their education institution and seek their assistance in the first instance. The ESOS Act Standard 6 states that education providers are responsible for providing access to services to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of their students.
  • In addition to their education provider, students in Queensland can access their local Student Hub online or by calling the Study Queensland 1800 QSTUDY (1800 778 839) hotline that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • We recommend that international students register with their home country embassies to access support available through these channels.
  • A central resource of support, advice and links to key resources for international students is the factsheet available online at
22 May 2020

Multicultural Affairs is reallocating grants and funding during COVID-19 to support all Queenslanders through the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery.

30 April 2020

As part of the Multicultural Affairs COVID-19 Community Support package, the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs provided funding to Griffith University’s Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue to connect government and faith leaders, share key health messages and lessons learned, and explore how support for vulnerable groups can be improved in the face of a crisis such as COVID-19.

The project included a virtual forum held on 28 April 2020 with approximately 20 faith leaders and representatives from government and non-government agencies.

Read the final report (PDF, 461KB) from this project.

26 March 2020 Regulation changes – Council meetings from Director-General Warwick Agnew.
23 March 2020 A message to Mayors/CEOs from Director-General Warwick Agnew.
19 March 2020 A message to Queensland's multicultural community: COVID-19 from Director-General Warwick Agnew.

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Last updated: 17 Aug 2022