In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Connect in Canberra

In a year that has tested all aspects of Canberra’s wellbeing, Canberrans have pulled together and risen to the challenge. We have been reminded of our responsibilities to each other and the power of community.

Connect in Canberra is an information hub to help you stay in the loop, keep connected, be part of your community and get assistance and support if you need it. We’ve pulled together information from across Government and the community in a range of areas, from finding the right support to getting involved in your community to keeping occupied and active.

We want Connect in Canberra to be a really useful resource for our community.  If you are aware of any information, resources or events that you think we should share here we want to hear from you.  You can email the team at

As we face a challenge like no other, Canberra is stronger together.

For the latest information and advice on the COVID-19, and advice on how to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing go to the COVID-19 website at

Give a special gift to families in need this Christmas: Support CBR - Christmas Appeal

As we reach the end of a year that has tested all aspects of Canberra’s wellbeing, Canberrans are continuing to work together to make sure everyone is supported over the festive season.

Through the Support CBR – Christmas Appeal, GIVIT is providing Canberrans the opportunity to support local families experiencing hardship and local business at the same time, in a way that is more sustainable.

By purchasing local experiences and gifts from participating businesses that are donated to local charities and organisations - from movie vouchers, bowling, and Jungle Golf to beauty experiences and Questacon – your gift will go directly to someone in need.


Hardship Isolation Payment

Casual and part-time workers have been among the hardest hit with widespread unemployment across a range of sectors.

A COVID-19 Hardship Isolation Payment for workers experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic has been created to support Canberrans who are unable to temporarily work under a COVID-19 direction or health guidance.

Guidelines and application information can be found on the COVID-19 websiteExternal Link

Latest news

More support for Canberra’s recovery

Strengthening community connections part of Canberra community’s next steps in recovery

On 18 June 2020, Minister for Community Recovery Suzanne Orr announced further steps in Canberra’s recovery with a focus on supporting community connections and grassroots activity.

While restrictions are easing there are still Canberrans who will feel the effects of COVID for a long time to come. The highest impacts felt by our young people, those experiencing social isolation, and those who have lost work.

The ACT Government will be implementing a broad range of activities over three phases under Canberra’s Community Recover Roadmap and we will be working closely with community partners, to rebuild an inclusive community where Canberrans feel they belong, are valued and can contribute.

For more information:

Canberras Recovery Plan

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring that all Canberra residents, regardless of their background, have equal access to its programs and services. It is ACT Government policy to use professional interpreters when speaking with people who have difficulty communicating in English. You can find out more about accessing the Translating and Interpreting Service for your language here.