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Should the children still go between households if they are around older people?


Parents and carers are still expected to comply with court orders in relation to parenting arrangements, consistent with their responsibilities to act in their children’s best interest.

The Australian Government has information for those at greater risk of COVID-19, which can be found here  Or you can contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

If you are concerned about your risk of COVID-19 or someone close to you, as a first step, and only if it is safe to do so, you should speak with the other parent to see if you can agree to temporarily vary your parenting arrangements. Give plenty of notice so you can both work together to find a solution that suits everyone. The Family Law Section has Ten Tips for Managing Parenting During COVID-19 

The Family Court of Australia has some helpful information provided by the Chief Justice, the Hon Will Alstergren, for parents who may have concerns relating to parenting arrangements during COVID-19. You can find this information on Family Court of Australia’s website.  

The Family Relationships Advice Line can provide information, advice and telephone-based Family Dispute Resolution services to assist parents and carers to discuss any issues that arise and help them come to an agreement. The Family Relationships Advice Line is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm on 1800 050 321 or visit the website.

If you or your children are feeling unsafe or experiencing domestic or family violence, you can access information, counselling and support through 1800RESPECT website or call 1800 737 732. 1800RESPECT are open 24 hours a day during COVID-19.

If you believe you are in immediate danger, please contact the Police in your State on 000.

Are you in a crisis?

  • If you are in immediate danger 

    call 000

  • 1800RESPECT - 24/7 domestic and family violence service:
    1800 737 732
  • Lifeline - 24/7 crisis support:
    13 11 14
  • MensLine - 24/7 telephone and online counselling for men:
    1300 78 99 78