The global impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt across the community, business, health organisations and government.

Council plays a key role in supporting our community during emergencies affecting the Shire, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no different.  Our focus for the foreseeable future is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19 and that we continue to support the community by providing essential services.

This page has information to help you navigate through these challenging times.

If you need to talk to someone, you can call the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398 (press option 3) 24/7. They can connect you with local support services in our area.

You can also all our Community Connector on 5321 6457, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


If you need be be tested for COVID-19, contact Daylesford Hospital Respiratory Clinic
Address: 13 Hospital Street Daylesford
Phone: 5321 6654.

If you are not in the Shire, call the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398 or check online at 

LATEST VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ADVICE (as at Wednesday 9 September 2020)

On Sunday 6 September, the Victorian Government announced some changes to COVID-19 restrictions in regional Victoria, including Ballarat.

From 11:59pm on 13 September, people living alone and single parents will also be able to have a bubble.

Up to five people will be able to gather together in outdoor public places – the park, the beach – up to a maximum of two households. By limiting it to two households, we’re again limiting the virus’s ability to spread.

Outdoor pools and playgrounds in regional Victoria will also open. And religious services can be conducted outside with a maximum of five people, plus a faith leader.

For schools and students, we’ll begin a staged return to onsite learning from Term Four.

All VCE and VCAL students – in Melbourne and regional Victoria – will attend onsite for the General Achievement Test and other essential assessments from 5 October.

In regional Victoria, all students will return to onsite learning between 12 and 16 October.

More details about what you can and can’t do in regional Victoria can be found at

Home Safety Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a Home Safety Plan which tells you what you need to know to help you, your family and friends stay safe and well. The Plan has advice, checklists and important resources for your household.

You can download the plan at 

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