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Coronavirus Australia Update

10 April 2020 In: Migration, Economy, Family, General

Coronavirus Australia: the number of confirmed cases Down Under is now over 6000 with the death toll over 50. Community transmissions are still the greatest concern but the state governments such as NSW are now better prepared after doubling the number of ICU beds to 1000. Coronavirus restrictions in NSW will be reviewed on a monthly basis, but distancing measures like the 1.5m rule will remain in place until a vaccine is developed There will…

Top Tips for Virtual Working

09 April 2020 In: Jobs, Economy, Family, General

Virtual Working has become the new norm as the coronavirus has forced organisations to “go virtual” with little if any preparation. Virtual Working can present practical problems but it is possible to maintain a productive routine if you follow these helpful tips: 1.The importance of keeping social. Workers transitioning from the “traditional” to the “virtual” have the benefit of sharing a work history within an established social context. Seeing your colleagues face-to-face increases the levels…

Aussies Move to DIY

08 April 2020 In: Property, Family, General

DIY has never been more popular Down Under. Australians have hit peak in toilet paper hoarding and are now buying alcohol, DIY goods and home office equipment in preparation for months of lockdown. Data compiled by both the ANZ and Commonwealth Bank suggest the worst of the surge in shoppers clearing out the tinned tomatoes and pasta aisles of supermarkets may be over. The ANZ found that during the first panic buying surge spending on…

Free Aussie Childcare

05 April 2020 In: Family, General

Parents in Australia can claim free childcare during the current virus emergency. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week that childcare would be free for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. The $1.6 billion program will last six months and prioritise parents who can’t work from home. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government’s social distancing and border restrictions were “flattening the curve”, adding there was no need for Australia to start building makeshift hospitals…

Coronavirus Restrictions Cost $11k

03 April 2020 In: Jobs, Family, General

Coronavirus Restrictions in Australia include six months in jail and/or $11,000 fine for leaving home without a ‘reasonable excuse’ The Aussie government’s public health order gives police sweeping power to enforce the latest round of coronavirus restrictions Residents in NSW who leave their house without a “reasonable excuse” could spend up to six months in prison and face an $11,000 fine under an emergency ministerial directive. The public health order gives police sweeping power to…

Coronavirus Growth Falls 50%

03 April 2020 In: Migration, Family, General

Coronavirus growth in Australia may now have fallen by 50% according to new scientific forecasts. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged Aussies to stay at home during Easter, saying that social-distancing measures taken by Australians had cut the projected growth rate of the virus in half. Australia has entered a “new phase” of virus suppression, he said. Infection growth of COVID-19 across Australia is at single-digit levels, with the government planning to release updated modelling…

Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

02 April 2020 In: Migration, Health, Family, General

Coronavirus Vaccine Trial will begin soon in Australia to test a preventative vaccine for COVID-19 healthcare workers. Melbourne University will begin an Australian trial to test whether an existing vaccine can help prevent healthcare workers becoming sick with COVID-19. Professor Kathryn North, Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, says that 4000 healthcare workers from around Australia will be recruited to take part in the multi-centre randomised controlled clinical trial…

Home Working Top Tips

02 April 2020 In: Jobs, Migration, Family, General

Home working top tips to help your day: Coronavirus is changing the way we work. Home working will be the norm for the foreseeable future due to the increased risks associated with coronavirus. What’s going on around the world is unprecedented. In such a short amount of time, many people have had to change the way they work. Here’s a few ideas for those of you who are having to work from home. Stay at…

Divorce drops during lockdown

30 March 2020 In: Family, General

Divorce numbers have fallen. A surprising effect of the Government social distancing lockdown, is the crash in new divorce cases according to a leading online divorce service. There has been 30% drop in new cases since Boris Johnson announced the first measures on Thursday 19th March. Calls, livechat and email enquiries have dropped by a similar amount. The data is backed up by Google Trends which measures search queries on the search engine over time…

Coronovirus changes behaviour

29 March 2020 In: Family, General

Coronovirus has changed people’s behaviour. 76% of people have altered their behaviour in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly half (48%) have changed their personal hygiene habits and just under half (46%) have stopped shaking hands with people. Naturally people are more likely to have done the easy things though – compare these numbers to 17% who have stopped using transport and 14% who have worked from home more often. • (Claimed) stockpiling is apparently…

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