Our coronavirus (COVID-19) Public health teams are visiting homes across Melbourne's priority suburbs.

Keeping our communities safe

As part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) testing blitz, a number of priority suburbs have been identified:

  • Keilor Downs
  • Albanvale
  • Sunshine West
  • Maidstone
  • Hallam
  • Broadmeadows
  • Brunswick West
  • Fawkner
  • Reservoir 
  • Pakenham

Our coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health team will be visiting your neighbourhood soon.

We will be talking to you about:

  • ways to stay safe and support available to you including the $1500 worker support payment, and
  • free local testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) for everyone, even if you don’t have symptoms, including a testing at home option.

We are asking everyone in these areas to come forward and get tested.

Find out more about testing, including where you can get tested on the Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

Test at home kits 

To keep your family, friends and community safe, take the coronavirus (COVID-19) test that the Public Health team provided when they visited you. You can take this test whether you have symptoms or not as long as you are 16 years and above. 

Watch this video to see how to take the test.

Find out more about the test at home kits. Test at home guide (Word)

Once you have done your test please fill in the coronavirus (COVID-19) self test pickup form to have the test collected.

If you are unable to fill in the form, call 1300 13 44 88 between 11am and 7pm. 

For translated information including the above guide, visit the coronavirus (COVID-19) translated resources page.

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Suburban testing blitz

Victoria has expanded its targeted coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, focusing on priority communities to ensure we have a full picture when it comes to tracking the virus.

Currently, this includes Keilor Downs, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Maidstone, Hallam, Broadmeadows, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir, and Pakenham.

We are aiming to test at least 10,000 people every day across these communities.

People living in these areas should get tested – particularly if you have symptoms. Visit the Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information on how to get tested. 

View the Coronavirus (COVID-19) suburban testing blitz - hotspot intervention plan (PDF) for more information.

Public Health community engagement teams

Public Health community engagement teams are now engaging with communities as part of Victorian Government efforts to further target action in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), given the health risks it poses to the Victorian community. Engagement teams have been deployed in many areas across the State. Teams will engage with community members from all backgrounds.

Where are the Public Health teams?

The Public health community engagement teams are in public places, including shopping strips, train and bus stations, food premises, places of worship, workplaces, schools, business and hospitality precincts. 

They are also in residential areas, knocking on doors.

COVID-19 Public Health community engagement members

What are the Public Health teams doing?

The Public Health community engagement teams will talk to you about coronavirus (COVID-19) and the things you can do to keep you and your families safe (e.g. practising good hand hygiene) and the support available to you such as the $1500 worker support payment. They will also:

  • explain public health requirements (such as physical distancing) 
  • provide information to you about how to get tested either at home or where you can go to be tested at one of the various testing sites
  • talk to you about supports available if you need to stay at home such as the $1500 worker support payment
  • provide further information in your spoken language.

I live in one of the suburbs identified, do I need to stay at home?

There are no legal directions applicable to these areas, but people who live and work in these suburbs are being asked take action to stay safe, and to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms.

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), even if they are mild, you should get tested and stay home until you get the result back.

If you don’t have symptoms, you are not required to self-isolate while you wait for your results. You can go to work or go about your usual activities while continuing to follow the current directions.

I live in one of the areas identified, how can I keep myself and my family and friends safe?

You should take the following actions to stay safe:

  • Stay at home if you are sick. 
  • Get tested. If you have symptoms, make sure you stay at home until you get the test result back.
  • Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and cover your sneezes or coughs.
  • Keep your distance. Stay 1.5 metres apart from others. Don’t hug, shake hands or kiss.

For updated directions that apply in Victoria please see Victoria’s restriction levels.  

I have a holiday booked in one of these local government areas, should I cancel?

There are no restrictions on travel to or from areas in Victoria. All Victorians should be staying at home if they are unwell and getting tested if they have symptoms.

Can I visit friends or family in the local areas identified?

There are no restrictions on travel to or from areas in Victoria.

At the same time, all Victorians are being asked to only see the people they need to. By limiting the number of people we see we reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the current restrictions you can have no more than 5 visitors to your home. Visit the Victoria’s restriction levels page for more information on current restrictions.

If you or your travel companions are unwell, it is recommended that you reconsider travel plans to prevent the spread of the virus.

Instead connect with family and friends in other ways including video conferencing, phone calls, text message or social media.

If you are unwell with any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), stay home and get tested. Maintain good hygiene – wash your hands regularly and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Keep your distance - stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

Can I go to work in these local areas?

There are no legal directions applicable to these areas, which means you can continue to go to work. But people who live and work in these suburbs are being asked to take action to stay safe, and to get tested – particularly if they have symptoms. 

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), even if they are mild, you should get tested and stay home until you get the result back.

What should I do if I live near hotspots but not in them?

Victoria's current restrictions levels apply in all local areas, whether you live in an area with an identified outbreak or not.

All Victorians should be staying at home if they are unwell and getting tested if they have symptoms.

Can I attend community services or receive support in the local areas identified?

There is no legal direction in place that stops people from travelling to or from any areas in Victoria to attend community services or receive support. You can travel to these areas to receive community services including attending addiction services or to seek crisis accommodation.

If you or your children are escaping harm or are at risk of harm from family violence, you can leave your home to seek support and assistance.

Is it safe to visit care facilities including aged care facilities in the local areas?

You must not visit an aged care facility if you are unwell. There are measures in place to help protect elderly people, those with disability, people experiencing homelessness, and children and young people in secure welfare services from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These measures are in place for the whole of Victoria, you can find out more details at Visiting care facilities on this site.