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Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs – Community Engagement

Dear Community Representatives, thank you again for your engagement and efforts to support your communities through this time. 

We know that there is a lot of information available about COVID-19 and its impacts on the Australian community. 

We endeavour to keep you updated and hope that the information in this newsletter is useful for you to pass on to your communities. 

ATO Resources

Tax time is fast approaching and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has developed resources to help people with their tax returns. We have attached a zip file including:

  • guide,Help for your first tax time
  • checklist,How to be ready for tax time
  • newsletter articles,How to get ready to do your tax return and Important information for your tax return 2019-20

The ATO has also developed easier to read information in English to help people with their tax:

  • Get ready to do your tax
  • How to do your tax
  • Is it a scam?

The following videos are also available:

  • How to create a myGov account and link to the ATO (available in Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese).
  • Protect your personal information (available in Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese).


NAIDOC Week Postponed

Following advice from the Federal Government, health experts, partners and from leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, the National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities.

State and Territory Border Closures 

Some states and territories in Australia have closed their borders to non-essential travel due to COVID-19. Ten postcodes linked to Melbourne outbreaks are under a local lockdown. For now, that includes the following: 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021and 3046. These “hot zones” returned to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions and this will be in effect until at least 29 July 2020. For people who live in these locations, there will only be four reasons to be out, shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work (if they cannot do so from home). The businesses and facilities in these areas will again be restricted and Cafes and restaurants will again only be open for take-away and delivery.

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) Australian Government Endorsed Events (COVID-19 Pandemic event)

The Australian Government has introduced the COVID-19 Pandemic event visa for workers in the  agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and childcare sectors.

This visa:

  • ensures visa holders retain their lawful status, so that they are less vulnerable and can adhere to health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community;
  • provides a visa pathway for temporary visa holders in Australia who can assist in critical sectors to remain in Australia and work, where it is in the public interest to do so;
  • provides a visa pathway for temporary visa holders who are unable to depart Australia and have no other options to extend their stay.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Stay up to date with the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from Australian Government agencies.

COVID-19 and the Border

NSW Updates

ACT Updates


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In particular, we are very interested in your views and feedback on the following:

  • Any community concerns
  • Racism or discrimination
  • Reception to government messaging
  • Community misconceptions
  • Issues related to travel restrictions and associated processes
  • Instances of misinformation or scams targeting your community
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Stay safe and well!

Department of Home Affairs, Community Engagement NSW/ACT

Regional Director: Sneha Chatterjee

NSW Community Engagement team –

ACT Community Engagement team –

Dear Friends,

My wife Rupa passed away peacefully at the Sans Hospital in the morning of June the 9th 2020.

The funeral is on 21st Sunday June 2020 at 10 am with Buddhist rites. There will be streaming of the event and the link to view the process is below.

I am sure my wife would have liked you to remember her as she was, a bright happy lady with an eternal smile.

I believe that viewing the departed is to contemplate on impermanence and to pass that merit gained on to the departed.

Sunday morning was selected for your convenience to watch the streaming.  This can be done from your home, and so pass on your merits, to her. 

I have worked all my life for the welfare and health of the community. I cannot imagine the backlash our community will face, if by any chance a Covid-19 catastrophe does occur due to the funeral.

I will not fail my community now. I therefore decided to have no viewing, due to the pandemic, and have a private funeral with the relatives, just up to 50 following all the regulations as to space, distances and hand hygiene as the NSW law demands. To pass merit to all those who departed from our community, during this pandemic, I shall join with their loved ones and endeavour to have a religious ceremony, once the danger of Covid-19 to our vulnerable people is no more.

Felix Adler wrote..

“The dead are not dead if we loved them truly. In our own lives we give them immortality. Let us arise and take up the work they have left unfinished, and preserve the treasures they have won, and round out the circuit of their being to the fullness of an ampler orbit in our own.”

“The smallest star its perfect work hath done if it hath twinkled”.

–      Dr Seneviratne Banda

The service for:

Rupa Seneviratne Banda

is scheduled to begin at:

Sunday, June 21st 2020 at 10:00 AM (Australia/Sydney)

Sunday, June 21st 2020 at 12:00 AM (UTC)

This is a Private Service and as such requires a PIN number to access the page.

Please ensure that this PIN number is only provided to individuals that you would like to have access to this live streamed service.

This service’s PIN number is: 9847

watch service

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The Community Noticeboard is designated for the promotion of non-commercial and free community services and for the placement of announcements of community interest and/or benefit within the Sri Lankan Community. Contents that we accept for posting,

  • Birth Announcements
  • Marriage Announcements
  • Name/Address Changes
  • Obituaries

Volunteer Services of a Community Interest (For example such as JP Services, volunteer transport services).

Announcements, Community notices of services may be submitted by email to: All contributions will be assessed by the association prior to publication to ensure adherence with the guidelines.

The Association reserves the right to moderate the Noticeboard as necessary and to determine the suitability of material received for inclusion on the Noticeboard. Listings will appear on the Noticeboard for a period deemed necessary by the association and may be removed as and when the association sees fit without notice.

The announcements would only be posted on the notice board and not on the home page. Should forward the announcements to us by an immediate family member when it’s of a personal nature. The contact details of the person submitting should be available if we chose to clarify anything.Content should not exceed five lines.

Disclaimer Notice

While the Sri Lanka Association of New South Wales has provided space on their website for a community noticeboard, the information contained in it does not necessarily reflect the views of the Association and is not advice that is provided, or information that is endorsed, by the Association. The Association is not responsible in negligence or otherwise for any injury, loss or damage however arising from the use of or reliance on the information provided herein.

Emergency Phone Numbers to Call

Life-threatening emergency – Triple Zero (000)

Bushfire – NSW Rural Fire Service 1800 679 737

Flood, storm and tsunami – NSW State Emergency Service 132 500

Police assistance – Police Assistance Line 131 444


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