Quick Exit

Stay safe, stay home. Canberra goes into lockdown.

Canberrans, due to the snap lockdown our office will be closed - but our phones are still open. We’re here for you. 

If you need support or to speak to someone from our office please call: (02) 6257 2855, Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. If unanswered please leave a message and we’ll return your call as soon as possible. 

For urgent Meridian inquiries please call: 0412 882 855 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. 

In an emergency always call 000

Remember you should continue to speak to your doctor for your general healthcare needs, or if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination continue to schedule and attend your vaccine appointments even during lockdown. 

Find out more about COVID-19 updates, testing and vaccinations here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

If needed, QLife is free, anonymous, LGBTI peer-support and referral, 3pm-midnight every day, phone 1800 184 527 or chat qlife.org.au.

  • Alternatively, if you require immediate assistance you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 44 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 at any time.
  • National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
  • If you need information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app, call 1800 020 080.


ACT & Region Support Services

With the ACT now in lockdown, we understand staying home may not be a safe option for some people. Based on this, we have collated a list of some of the support services offered in the ACT & surrounding region that are still operating during lockdown.


Immediate Danger

ACT Policing
Emergency - 000
Non-Emergency - 1800 333 000 (Crime Stoppers)


Counselling

Lifeline
13 11 14

MensLine
1300 789 978

Beyond Blue
1300 224 636

Suicide Call-Back Service
1300 659 467


Domestic or Family Violence

Domestic Violence Crisis Service
24 Hour Crisis Line
(02) 6280 0900
[email protected]
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Legal Aid ACT Family Violence Team
Contact for advice or to apply for an urgent FVO:
1300 654 314
0427 143 401 (text)
[email protected]
Still operating the Family Violence Unit at the Magistrates Court.

Victim Support ACT
(02) 6205 2222
[email protected]
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Women's Legal Centre ACT
Phone: (02) 6257 4377
Referrals - https://wlc.org.au/refer-a-client/referral-form/
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday


Sexual Assault

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
6247 2525
7am to 11pm, 7 days a week

1800Respect
1800 RESPECT (737 732)
WebChat
24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Risk of Homelessness

OneLink
1800 176 468
Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday - 12.30pm to 5pm

Beryl Women
6230 6900 (8.30am-5.30pm Mon–Fri)
PO Box 355, Dickson ACT 2602
[email protected] or [email protected]


Family Support Services

Legal Aid ACT Family Duty Lawyer
Advice and representation services continue by phone: 1300 654 314

Barnardos
6124 3800
[email protected]

Relationships Australia Canberra
1300 364 277


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