Update for Communities

Dear Community Representative,

Thank you for your ongoing support to your community members, particularly during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope you find this information useful.

Grant opportunity: Safer Communities Fund

Round 6 of the Safer Communities Fund targets organisations with demonstrated experience in providing early intervention activities to youth at high risk to prevent them from engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.

Applications close on 22 July 2021.

 For more information see the Grant Connect and the Home Affairs websites.

 Department of Health: Stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines

The Australian Government continues to update its collection of resources to support multicultural community leaders to disseminate the latest translated COVID-19 information. There are currently 4,620 translated resources about COVID-19 on the Department of Health website.

 For translated images such as the ones below, visit:

 COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia

COVID-19 vaccine safety

 COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone in Australia

 COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know  

Most Australians have been protected from the worst of COVID-19 but the disease can still be deadly. This video made by experts at the Australian Academy of Science shows how vaccines work to protect the community in the long term.

 Services Australia: Centrelink debts and overpayments

Services Australia has published information to help you avoid being overpaid or to manage owing money for a Centrelink debt. Customers who experience challenges repaying their debt should contact Centrelink to discuss their situation.

 This information is available in 25 languages.

Contact us

Your feedback is vital to the Department and informs policy, decision making and government messaging. We welcome engagement and encourage you to contact us by email with questions or feedback about community concerns, government messaging, community misconceptions or racism and discrimination.

 Feel free to share this email with others, but in the interests of ensuring the information remains accurate, please do not make any alterations to the content.

Yours sincerely,


Community Engagement Team Victoria / Tasmania

Department of Home Affairs

Email: [email protected] and [email protected]


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