COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 6 UPDATE- September 20

On Sunday 19th September, the Premier of Victoria announced a plan for Victoria to move out of lockdown. Nothing is to change this week, but once we reach 80% single dose, which is on or about the 26th of September, (Next Sunday), Melburnians will be able to go outside to catch up with friends and be involved in some outdoor activity. Details will be provided when we know more.

For a greater easing of lockdown, the two key dates for people over 16 to be fully vaccinated are for 70% (Estimated 26th October) and 80% (Estimated 5th November). These are the key markers in the national plan and key features of Victoria's roadmap to deliver the national plan. These provide another reason to get vaccinated, not just for your health and health of others but being able to see rules change, and lockdowns, open up and get back to something approaching normal.

To find a list of all Restriction Settings:

Remember: Ballarat remains in lockdown from 11:59pm, Wednesday 15th September for seven days. People in Ballarat will follow the same rules as Melbourne — except there will be no curfew.

For Regional Victoria some restrictions eased from 11.59pm Thursday 9th September as outbreaks come under control.

Since Victoria hit their 70 per cent first dose target, Thursday 16th September, this means some limited freedoms have occurred. However, please note curfews remain in metropolitan Melbourne.

Please remember, restrictions remain different between Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Important information about managing the lockdown in the Melba Way

  • We will continue to support people in the best way possible, but some changes are made during lockdowns.

  • Like before we need everyone to work together to ensure we can safely deliver the services we need to.

Centre-based activities

  • We will continue to support those individuals who are most vulnerable and where centre-based support is essential.


  • Individual Supports will continue in the home for individuals who are vulnerable however there will be community access, in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) services

  • SIL services will continue in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.

  • No more than two visitors per service day to SIL services to provide essential care and support necessary for the resident’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing.

STAA (Respite services)

  • At this time STAA (Respite services) will continue.

  • People booking into or attending for booked respite can do so on the proviso they do not have any symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they cannot attend and are required to get tested.


  • Please note, as in the past lockdowns, we will be following Government directions and the public health advice. We’ve done this before, and we can do it again!

  • We will keep you informed with further developments.

Melba Families Monthly - August 26th 2021