DHHS to Distribute Reusable Face Masks for Vulnerable Victorians

  • July 27, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to:

  • Vulnerable Victorians
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians and
  • Workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians

People who are eligible to receive a mask will need to visit their local government office, a community health centre, or local pharmacy to collect it. Some general practices may also distribute masks. However, DHHS has advised that people should not make appointments with service providers just to receive a mask.

People who are eligible to receive a mask can use a face covering until they receive their reusable mask. People who do not meet the eligibility criteria for masks can purchase one themselves, use other face coverings including scarves or bandanas, or make their own cloth masks.

How will these reusable masks be distributed?

  • Local government and community health services will receive an allocation of reusable masks based on their estimated catchment size. They will not be required to order masks.
  • Other service providers including community pharmacies and general practices can use the online ordering form available on the DHHS website to request masks. The online ordering form can also be used to request health information in different languages.
  • Masks will also be available through other organisations that deliver services to vulnerable Victorians, such as disability service providers, home and community care services, and mental health services.

More information is available on the DHHS website.