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The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes severe respiratory illness. The World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus a pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms stay at home and seek medical attention by contacting:

  • The Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222 for further advice.
  • If English is not your main language and you need an interpreter, please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask to be transferred to Healthdirect.
  •  Your GP or Hospital Emergency Department – if you are unwell, and have either travelled to an affected area or been in contact with a patient with coronavirus in the past 14 days, it is important to phone ahead so they can make appropriate preparations and protect others.

Protect yourself and others by washing your hands regularly and keep your distance from others


Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread by visiting the NSW Health website at


Services Australia - Affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Australian government information and services to help you if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or looking for more details.


COVID-19 Anti Viral - Covid Safer Comics

The Centre for Ethnicity and Health has co-designed resources focusing on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The comics focus on eight different health topics related to issues that have impacted young people during the pandemic including sexual health. The script and images were created and tested by refugee and migrant young people. 
Access the COVID safe comics here. 


COVID-19 and Social Security FAQs

Information about eligibility for social security during COVID-19, 8 April 2020 (PDF 175KB)


COVID-19 and Employment Law

The Migrant Employment Legal Service has put together a Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and Employment Law. Download COVID-19 & Employment Law Frequently Asked Questions here (PDF 226KB)


Celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19

This year, the way Ramadan is observed will be different due to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the new rules on movement, gatherings and social distancing. Download a fact sheet here (PDF 3383KB)


Guidelines for working with Indigenous & CALD populations during the COVID-19 pandemic

People of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous backgrounds often experience challenges in healthcare. This document,aims to provide practical guidelines for health professionals working with Indigenous and CALD people during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the guidelines here


Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Refugee Health and Resettlement

This webinar recording from the NSW Refugee Health Service discusses the impact of the pandemic on refugee health and resettlement. Watch the webinar here. 


Low Cost and Free Meals Directory

The NSW Refugee Health Service has put together this directory of services that can provide low cost and free meals throughout Sydney during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the Directory here (PDF 319KB)


New measures to support NDIS participants

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, has announced new measures to ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. These include the extension of NDIS plans by up to 24 months and face to face planning shifted to telephone meetings where possible. View the Minister's press release here

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Multilingual resources about COVID-19


NSW Health has developed a wide range of multilingual fact sheets, posters, pictorials, graphics, videos and Frequently Asked Questions about the following plus more:

  • coronavirus symptoms
  • information for residential care staff and information for families of residential care facilities
  • social distancing
  • hygiene etiquette and how to hand rub 
  • wearing masks
  • home isolation.

These resources are available in numerous community languages at from the NSW Health website or from the Multicultural Health Communication Service website


Further translated resources about COVID-19 are available at:


Australian Government COVID-19 in Your language

Community information on the current COVID-19 outbreak in multiple languages.


MyAus COVID-19 App

A multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support.


SBS Language Coronavirus Information in your language

News and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) available in 63 languages.


SBS Videos 'Coronavirus explained' in your language

SBS has produced a series of videos that explain what coronavirus is. The videos are currently available in English, Filipino, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesian, Pashto, Persian and Vietnamese with more languages to come soon.
You can view the videos at

Multilingual resources for specific situations or communities


COVID-19 resources for refugees

Bendigo Community Health Service has released fact sheets and videos about COVID-19 aimed at refugee communities. The resources are available in Karen, Dari (Afghan) and Dinka (South Sudanese). The resources can be viewed at


Dementia Help Sheets to navigate COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets which have been translated into 38 languages. The Help Sheets include: Tips for people living with dementia, Tips for carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, Tips for residential care providers and Tips for home care providers. You can find the COVID-19 Help Sheets under the relevant language sub-heading at


Eid al-Adha and COVID-19

NSW Health has produced information about Eid al-Adha, which runs from 31 July to 3 August for 2020 in Arabic (JPG 1343KB), Bangla (JPG 1541KB), Dari (JPG 1272KB)English (PNG 142KB), Hazaragi (JPG 1331KB), Persian (JPG 1245KB), Turkish (JPG 1265KB) and Urdu (JPG 1353KB)


Humans Like Us. Videos in language: coronavirus & hand washing

These videos, audio recordings and posters in pictures and 30 languages explain the best way to wash your hands and keep safe from coronavirus. Languages include: Swahili/Kiswahili, Kirundi, Dinka, Nuer, Lingala, Somali, Amharic, Oromo/Afaan Oromoo, Tigringya, Arabic, Hazaragi, Assyrian, Chaldean, Kurdish/Kurmanji, Dari, Pashto, Farsi/Persian, Bengali, Tibetan, Hindi, Tamil, Chin Hakka/Hakha, Chin Falam, Zomi/Zou, Karen, Rohingya, Burmese and Nepali/Napali.


I got tested video in multiple languages

In this videos people from multicultural communities including Arabic, Burmese, Filipino, Spanish and Tamil share their experiences on how quick, easy and safe their COVID-19 testing was for them and their families. Available at



Industry Safety Plans for businesses in NSW

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your small business to help you get back to work. Translated into Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese.
Beauty services, tattoo parlours, massage parlours:
Cafés and restaurants:


MYAN NSW COVID-19 Social Media Resources for Young People

MYAN NSW has worked with their Youth Ambassadors to develop social media posts for young people to help them deal with being in lockdown during COVID-19. The resources are available in Arabic, English, Hindi, Kurdish (Sorani), Macedonian, Mandarin Chinese, Persian, Rohingya, Romanian and Spanish at


My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19

United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee developed this story book to assist children across the world to understand and cope with COVID-19. The story book has been translated into over 80 languages. My Hero is You can be downloaded in multiple languages from


Parenting for lifelong health: COVID-19 24/7 Parenting resources in 70 languages

Parenting for Lifelong Health provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19. Topics include: Keeping children safe online, Family budgeting in times of stress, Family harmony at home, Learning through play, When we get angry, Parenting in crowded homes and communities, One-on-one time, Keeping it positive, Structure up, Bad behaviour, Keep calm and manage stress and Talking about


Quarantine rules in NSW

This page is continually updated with changes to quarantine rules in NSW. Select your language from the drop down menu at the top of the page.


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COVID-19 and your mental health


It is important to take care of our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us will be feeling more worried, anxious or depressed about COVID-19.  People living with pre-existing mental health issues may be more vulnerable at this time.


Look after your mental health during COVID-19

NSW Health has translated a Face Sheet 'Look after your mental health during COVID-19' into a wide range of languages. You can download the translations of the fact sheet by clicking on the following link and then scrolling down the page to the fact sheet


Beyond Blue: COVID-19 Looking after your mental health

Beyond Blue website about looking after your mental health during COVID-19.
Arabic - اَلْعَرَبِيَّة
Chinese Simplified - 简化字
Punjabi - ਪੰਜਾਬੀ
Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt


Emerging Minds COVID-19 Resources Translations

The following resources have been translated into 17 languages to support families during COVID-19.
Helping children cope with stress during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Using play to support children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


Follow the links below for more information about taking care of your mental health during COIVD-19.


Transcultural Mental Health Centre Resources

Although not specifically about COVID-19 we have produced several resources in multiple languages about wellbeing, stress and coping with disaster that may be of assistance at this time:

Visit the Transcultural Mental Health Centre website to download multilingual fact sheets on a wide range of mental health issues.


Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Resources

The following fact sheets provide helpful information about anxiety and depression in a range of languages:

  • What is anxiety disorder? Available in Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Krio, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • What is a depressive disorder? Available in Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Simplified Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Krio, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese.
  • Dealing with difficult times in your life. Audio in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, English, Greek, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Samoan, Spanish and Vietnamese


Red Cross Advice on managing distress

Information for communities, parents and caregivers after a distressing event, available in Arabic, English, Farsi, Somali, Nepali, Formal Swahili and Simplified Swahili. Download these resources here


Communicating with your child about COVID-19

Emerging Minds have developed a fact sheet about discussing COVID-19 with your child. View this resource here.  


Digital Lunch Break

The Digital Lunch Break website has been designed in response to COVID-19 to collate a variety of activities and resources from government and non-government organisations have made available for children and young people. Click here to access the Digital Lunch Break site. 


For mental health assistance call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. The Mental Health line provides telephone mental health assistance 24 hours/ 7 days a week. Interpreting services are available when using the Mental Health Line.

In case of an emergency call 000.

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