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What if the other parent is not taking COVID-19 seriously?


The Australian government is seeking the help of everyone to slow to spread of COVID-19. In some cases that requires social distancing and in other cases it requires strict self-isolation, such as those returning from overseas.      

Currently, everyone is expected to:

  • practise good hygiene 
  • practise social distancing
  • follow the limits for public gatherings (vary by state and territory)
  • understand how to self-isolate if required. 

More information can be found at the Australian Government website here.  Or call the National Coronavirus Hotline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

Social distancing and public gathering rules vary in each state and are constantly changing in response to COVID-19 cases and situation updates.  Following are links to current restrictions by state or territory.      


These rules are mandatory so both you and your co-parent should follow them.  At all times, parents or carers must act in the best interest of children including regarding their safety.  

If you are concerned about the safety of your children, as a first step, and only if it is safe to do so, you should speak with the other parent to talk through your concerns and see if you can agree on parenting arrangements. Children benefit from a consistent approach to parenting across households.     

If you're finding it difficult to reach an agreement with your co-parent, you may wish to try family dispute resolution. Further information, advice or a referral to telephone-based Family Dispute Resolution services can be found on Family Relationships Online or by calling the Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321.

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