Council takes the health of our staff, community and visitors very seriously. We are working to keep our community safe during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and are closely monitoring the situation.

Updates will be posted to this page as information becomes available. Please refer to the Australian Government's Department of Health and Victorian Government’s Department of Health (DoH) for the most up-to-date sources of information on COVID-19.

For information in your language, please see the DoH translated COVID-19 resources.

For the latest information and updates on the vaccine rollout, visit the Australian Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines web page. You can find the locations of GP clinics providing vaccines on our Immunisation page.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Nearby testing clinics

If you require immediate testing, your closest free of charge testing clinics are detailed below. You can pre-register for testing here. This is optional.

  • Port Melbourne Medical Respiratory Clinic: Shop 3, 405 Bay Street 
    Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 2 pm, Sunday 9 am to 1 pm.
    This is a walk-in facility. An appointment is required. Call 03 8686 0500 or visit the Port Melbourne Medical website.
  • Albert Park Aughtie Walk: Grebe Picnic Area, Albert Park. Enter via 22 Aughtie Drive Car Park.
    Open seven days a week 7 am to 7 pm.
    This is a drive through facility. Children under 5 years old not suitable for testing at this site.
  • South Melbourne 32 Johnson Street
    Open seven days a week 8 am to 8 pm.
    This is a drive through facility. Children under 5 years old not suitable for testing at this site.
  • The Alfred Hospital: 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne.
    Open seven days a week 8 am to 4 pm. Please note this clinic is closed for daily cleaning 12 to 12.40 pm.
    The clinic is a walk-in testing facility located at the helipad car park, next to Emergency Department. For further information visit Alfred Health.
  • Prahran Prahran Town Hall, 255A Chapel Street
    Open seven days a week 9 am to 4 pm. Please note this clinic is closed for daily cleaning 12 to 1 pm.
    This is a walk-in testing facility operated by StarHealth.
  • Brighton Brighton Golf Club, 230 Dendy Street
    Open Sunday to Wednesday 8 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
    This is drive through facility suitable for all ages.

Please visit the Department of Health's website Where to get tested for expected wait times, most up to date opening hours information and testing sites in other suburbs. This information may change regularly.

Please take a current Medicare card to the testing clinic. If you don't have a Medicare card, you can bring another form of identification such as a driver's licence or student ID.

Latest news

For the latest announcements and media releases about COVID-19, from both Council and Governments.

Safety and wellbeing during COVID-19

Advice and information on staying safe, symptoms, what to do if you're unwell, how to isolate, and mental health and wellbeing.

Event, service and program changes

How we're delivering Council services during COVID-19, and which closures or cancellations may impact you.

Council relief response

Details of the relief and recovery response to support our community and local economy.

Support for local businesses

Find support and assistance for your business through this time, and how the community can support local businesses.

If you need help

From aged care and disability services, to social support and food packages, you'll find the help you need.

Advice for Owners Corporations

Apartment buildings house large amounts of people and public common areas pose a greater risk for the spread of COVID-19. Find helpful resources and cleaning advice.

Arts and creative industries support

Help, assistance and advice for those in arts and creative industries, as well as information for grant recipients.

At-home activities

Get yourself and kids active and keep entertained during the Victorian Government Stage 4 restrictions.

Council meetings

Submit your agenda questions and statements, and watch the Council meetings without leaving your home.

What is Council doing in response to COVID-19?

Council activated its Municipal Emergency Management Influenza Sub-Plan on 2 March 2020, which has been adapted to cover the COVID-19 virus.

We are following advice from the Victorian Government and the Australian Government and doing everything we can to ensure that we can continue to deliver essential services for our community.

These services include:

  • support for our more vulnerable community members, including aged care and disability services
  • waste and recycling
  • beach and street cleaning
  • homelessness support
  • Maternal and Child Health Care
  • immunisations
  • animal management
  • maintenance of parks and open spaces.

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