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  • OLG: 20-16 COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package

    The Office of Local Government (OLG) has released three new resources that will assist councils to apply for the Council Job Retention Allowance Subsidy, a key element of the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package.

  • Arrow Bronze: COVID-19 Update

    Arrow Bronze have provided and update for members and customers.

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    Due to the latest COVID outbreak, Victoria will move to circuit breaker restrictions from 11:59pm tonight. These settings will remain in place until 11:59pm on 3 June.

  • AU: Coronavirus data shows risk factors are high in regional and coastal areas, lower in cities

    A report on the ABC News website suggests as coronavirus spreads across Australia, it won't affect each place evenly — some populations are more vulnerable than others. In particular, non-metropolitan areas along the east coast would be among the most at risk.

  • Australia agrees on Public Health Order to help combat Pandemic

    The Public Health Order approved by the National Cabinet (AU) is now in effect.

  • Australia Post launches free Pharmacy Home Delivery service

    Following the Australian Government announcement to allocate $25 million to fund home medicine services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia Post has announced the launch of its Pharmacy Home Delivery Service.

    From Monday, pharmacies around the country can offer free delivery on prescriptions to their customers and take advantage of the recently announced increased Australian Government rebate and Australia Post’s unrivalled national network.

  • Australia: Coronavirus cremations would be 'horrific' for Muslims, but burial rituals are changing

    ABCNews in Australia says  for Muslims, cremation is not only prohibited, it's viewed as a desecration of the deceased.

  • Australia's COVID-19 Death Toll could hit 50,000

    A number of news sources are reporting the Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, when speaking to the media yesterday, indicated Australia’s death toll from the coronavirus could hit 50,000 with millions infected, based on the Morrison government’s more conservative predictions.

    According to the New Daily,

    Professor Paul Kelly Professor Paul KellyIt’s the figure that the Prime Minister has consistently declined to provide, despite predictions in New South Wales that more than 1.5 million people could catch the virus.

    Scott Morrison has repeatedly declined to publicly reveal the government modelling for weeks – despite releasing graphs on Sunday that predict the daily demand on GPs and hospitals for coronavirus testing and treatment could hit 300,000 patients a day

    .But the deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly came close to nominating the potential death toll on Monday when he conceded anywhere between 20 and 60 per cent of the nation’s citizens could contract the disease.

    “It’s something in the range. I’m not going to speculate on the actual numbers,” Professor Kelly is reported to havesaid.

    “The death rate is around one per cent. You can do the maths.”

    Based on the more conservative prediction of one in five Australians contracting the virus, that would result in five million people being infected and around 50,000 deaths based on a 1 per cent death rate.

    However, if 60 per cent of the population was infected – an unlikely prospect according to NSW Health – the death toll could rise to 150,000 people and 15 million patients overwhelming GPs and hospitals.



  • Australian Public servants to be redeployed against COVID-19

    Government News reports Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered all heads of government agencies to identify employees whose duties aren’t currently related to the coronavirus response so they can be moved to areas where they are.

  • CCANSW Covid Information & Resources pages update

    We've updated our links to government issued COVID resources & information including those to important information about attending funerals.

  • CCANSW COVID-19 Information Page Updates

    There have been a number of updates to the CCANSW COVID-19 Information Page that may be of immediate interest to you.

  • CCANSW now monitoring NSW Health website

    The CCANSW COVID-19 Information page provides real time updates from government and verified news sites, particularly Australian sites that might be relevant to the local death care industry. Additionally links to COVID 19 resources on & monitoring of the NSW Health web site have been added for easy access. You'll find them near the top of the page.






  • COVID-19 - Australia: Real Time Tracker

    This feed of the COVID19 situation evolving in Australia has been linked from its Github Project Site. The feed has been expanded to include related information, news and blogs.  Refresh the page for the latest updates.

    Google Chrome & Chromium Users: There appear to be rendering problems with the feed when using Chrome or Chromium. You may have to switch to another browser. Opera, Firefox and EDGE all appear to render the data streams correctly.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic News & Updates

  • COVID-19 Safety Management Plan for Funeral Operators

    CCANSW member Woodwynd Consulting has kindly provided a COVID-19 Safety Management Plan for Funeral Operators. George Simpson of Woodwynd Consulting says the  he has been surprised by the amount of operators in the Funeral sector who are unsure about their responsibilities in managing gatherings at their premises during the current covid pandemic; "I'm sure that all operators are anxious during this time but just don't know what is expected of them, this is causing some confusion in the industry as their are many conflicting interpretations of the guidelines set out by the states and territories health departments, which ultimately leads to operators possibly not adhering to guidelines."

  • COVID-19: Cemeteries, Crematoriums in the news

    Here's a few news item links about how the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting cemetery and  crematorium services around the world:

  • FAQ updates and Info Tiles for NSW Councils from the OGL

    The Office of Local Government (NSW) (OLG)has updated its FAQs to provide further advice to councils to guide the practical implementation of the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions.

  • GMCT Issues Coronavirus Statement

    Melbourne's Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has issued a statement relating to the Coronavirus pandemic:

    With the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia slowly increasing, the wellbeing of our staff, customers, business partners and communities is our top priority.

    By close of business Friday 13 March 2020 we have not been made aware of any cases of the virus among our staff, or visitors to functions or events at any of our sites. There is no impact to funeral services at this stage.

    In close consultation with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), GMCT is reviewing our systems and processes to adapt to any scenario that may arise in the future. The Executive Team has met frequently over the last two weeks to determine how we will respond to COVID-19.

    Remote service delivery

    We are currently equipping a number of GMCT staff to access remote working arrangements so they can continue to serve our families, communities and business partners.

    We will be prepared to facilitate meetings with our clients and business partners utilising digital platforms should that action be required.

    If you have an upcoming appointment with GMCT that you feel uncomfortable attending in person, we are more than happy to facilitate these meetings online or by phone. Please contact us to discuss how we can best work with you.


    Looking after our staff

    We have provided staff with the necessary hygiene equipment to ensure we are doing our best to safeguard against the rapid spread of COVID-19.

    We have asked staff members showing signs or symptoms of illness to remain at home and seek medical advice, and to only return to work once cleared of any significant illness.

     Community events deferred

    In line with Australian government advice to minimise social gatherings, we will be cancelling or deferring all planned community events until further notice. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.

     What won’t change

    There is no impact to funeral services. We will still conduct burials, cremations and other interments, and will continue to maintain safe and accessible cemetery grounds.

    Our chapels and function rooms are still available for bookings, and we have asked our cleaners to ramp up their cleaning schedule in line with best practice to keep our families and business partners safe.

    Our phone and online channels will remain fully operational, however as we may be operating with a reduced workforce, please be patient if wait times are higher than usual.

     Our commitment to you

    GMCT will continue to closely monitor the information being released from the World Health Organisation, Australia's Chief Medical Officer and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for any updates.

    We will continue to work with peak bodies and industry groups to ensure we are aligned and able to deliver our essential services to the families and communities we all serve. If you have any questions or concerns through this period please do not hesitate to contact us.




  • How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces?

    Coronavirus RNA was found on a cruise ship 17 days after passengers left. What are the risks of handling packages and groceries?

    More people are staying indoors to avoid contact with people potentially infected by Covid-19. But in light of a recent report from the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that said RNA from the virus that causes Covid-19 was found in the Diamond Princess ship 17 days after its passengers had left, what are the risks of handling packages, groceries and what scientists call “high-touch” surfaces?


    Read more here....

  • Macquarie Park, Sydney: We won’t let COVID-19 stop you from saying goodbye to those you love.

    Strict COVID-19 controls limiting the number of people attending chapel and funeral services to a maximum of only 10 mourners have boosted demand for webcasting services at Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, North Ryde.


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