This webpage supports DFV services to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a range of up-to-date resources to help.  Resources are set out under topics that include links to useful documents developed by NSW Government departments and non-government organisations.

As the peak body representing specialist DFV services across NSW, we are also available to help with specific, COVID-related queries.  You can contact us at admin@dvnsw.org.au.

COVID MANAGEMENT PLANS

For services that receive funding from the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), the following resources have been collated to help meet Covid Management Plan contract requirements. These resources may also be useful for services that do not receive DCJ funding but are looking to develop their own Covid Management Plan.

DCJ commissioned the consultancy, Rebbeck, to develop guidance on COVID risk assessments and COVID Management Plans for all DCJ-funded service providers. The Model COVID19 Management Plan Templates and resources for services is a simple one stop shop:

Additional COVID-related resources can be found below.

COVID Safety Plans

This COVID-19 Safety Plan guidance was produced for general practices and primary health service providers but may also provide useful guidance for services in other sectors: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/safety-plans/general-practice-template

COVID Management Plans

DCJ comprehensive written guidance for DCJ service providers preparing COVID-19 Management
Plans (this is part of the Rebbeck consultancy guidance noted above):  https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/822187/covid-19-sector-support-guidance-for-dcj-providers.pdf

DCJ training webinars and accompanying slide packs to support DCJ service providers in preparing COVID-19 Management Plans: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/service-providers/guide-to-recovery-and-sector-support-for-covid-19-management#sector-support

DCJ COVID-19 Guidelines for SHS and Residential Out-of-Home Care Settings: Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) and Residential Out-of-home Care (OOHC) COVID-19 guidelines

Australian Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) factsheets and training materials that support the COVID-19 Guidelines for Residential Out-of-Home Care Settings: https://www.acwa.asn.au/guidelines-residential-care-settings-for-young-people-in-oohc-and-covid-19/

Risk Assessment

DCJ COVID-19 risk assessment template for all DCJ service providers: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0009/822186/covid-19-risk-assessment-dcj-service-providers.xlsx

DCJ COVID-19 risk assessment template developed at the District-level for housing and child protection services: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/excel_doc/0019/821080/covid-19-risk-assessment-district.xlsx

NSW Council Of Social Services (NCOSS) risk assessment resources: https://www.ncoss.org.au/ncoss-covid-19-vax-risk-assessment-toolkit/

Vaccination Policies

DCJ COVID-19 management and vaccination policy for DCJ service providers: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/820238/covid-19-management-and-vaccination-policy.pdf

DCJ COVID-19 management and vaccination policy for its own locations and worksites:

https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/820507/covid-19-vaccination-policy.pdf
 
Local Community Services Association (LCSA) Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy template: https://www.lcsansw.org.au/Common/Uploaded%20files/Documents/Policies/LCSA_PP_Mandatory_COVID-19_Vaccination_Policy.docx

Local Community Services Association (LCSA) COVID-19 Safety Policy template: https://www.ncoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/LCSA-PP-COVID-19-Safety-Policy.docx

Additional resources to support and manage vaccination policy implementation

NCOSS COVID-19 Vax Risk Assessment Toolkit: https://www.ncoss.org.au/ncoss-covid-19-vax-risk-assessment-toolkit/

NCOSS Guide to Vax Risk Assessment: https://www.ncoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Guide-Vax-Risk-Assessment-3Nov2021-.pdf

NCOSS attachment to the Vax Risk Assessment Guide: https://www.ncoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/VAX-Resources-_3Nov21.pdf

NCOSS Vax Risk Assessment Worksheet: https://www.ncoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Vax-Risk-assessment-worksheet_3Nov21.xlsx

Justice Connect, legal information about managing vaccinations in the workplace: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/managing-vaccines-workplace

Business Continuity plans

Institute of Community Directors Australia guidance: https://communitydirectors.com.au/help-sheets/covid-19-restart-what-not-for-profits-should-consider-when-going-back-to-the-workplace

NSW Health factsheet: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/aod/Pages/ngo-business-continuity-considerations.aspx

GENERAL COVID SAFETY INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) resources

DCJ PPE Matrix describing which equipment to use in which situations: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/821395/dcj-personal-protective-equipment-ppe-matrix.pdf

DCJ, Personal Protective Equipment Quick Reference Guide: https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/download?file=821019

NSW Government list of PPE suppliers for organisations during the pandemic. https://buy.nsw.gov.au/news/2020/ppe-supplies-portal-for-industry-and-the-community

General office / service use

COVID-19 posters and signage for the workplace: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/business/covid-safe-business/toolkit

COVID Road Map

DCJ NGO Guide to Recovery detailing staged approach to reopening after lockdown: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/821078/ngo-guide-to-recovery.pdf

NSW Government, information on restrictions easing at 95% vaccination or on 15 December: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/opening-in-dec

STAFF HEALTH & WELLBEING

DVNSW Wellbeing Webinar


NSW Health, COVID-19 mental health at work resource kit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/mental-health-at-work/mental-health-at-work-resources/resource-kits/covid-19-mental-health-at-work-resource-kit

NSW Government, Workplace Pulse Check: https://www.nsw.gov.au/mental-health-at-work/workplace-pulse-check

Homelessness NSW, workforce safety and wellbeing resources: https://rise.articulate.com/share/XA4LlyA4rmabBoO3h__7EKzGf5RsGE4X#/lessons/Wvf6kA2T5DZdBvQlDI8QOpawnhlIVE

Homelessness NSW, workforce safety and wellbeing for managers resources: https://rise.articulate.com/share/XA4LlyA4rmabBoO3h__7EKzGf5RsGE4X#/lessons/-NFUiRHfvhhDDybneWaQXl1s9dCzL6XN

Homelessness NSW, supporting client wellbeing during COVID-19 resources: https://rise.articulate.com/share/XA4LlyA4rmabBoO3h__7EKzGf5RsGE4X#/lessons/JGi56DSqPDFsCRUO80eZ3RmGzZOu7JHq

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) information

Access to DCJ Employee Assistance Program for staff of DCJ service providers:
https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/service-providers/mental-health-and-wellbeing-support#eap

Registration for access to DCJ EAP: https://www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0003/814557/NGO-registration-form-for-access-to-EAP-services.docx