COVID-19 Information for Indigo Shire Residents

1. Free Rapid Antigen Tests

Through the Victorian Government's Free Rapid Antigen Distribution Program,  residents can now collect free RAT's from our customer service centres to help with early detection and treatment of COVID.

Everyone can collect up to two packs of five RATs per person, and two packs per household member. You do not need a Medicare card.

You can collect RATs as many times as you need and if you run out, you are welcome to collect more to make sure you are prepared.

Our Customer Service Centres are located at:

  • 101 Ford Street, Beechworth
  • 34 High Street, Yackandandah
  • 40 Conness Street, Chiltern
  • 153 High Street, Rutherglen

Please note there are no stocks of RATs at Council's Mayday Hills office.

View or download the COVID-19 Testing Factsheet(PDF, 78KB)

Visit the coronavirus website for information on the current COVIDSafe settings, travel and vaccination requirements

2. Support for our most vulnerable residents

  • What can Council do to support you

    Indigo Shire Council has established a Pandemic Coordination Team to work with organisations and community groups to support our most vulnerable residents during these unprecedented times.

    The team is here to help, we can:

    1. Support you to access existing Council programs
    2. Connect you to the right services in the community
    3. Advocate for your needs locally and regionally 


    To speak to someone in the team, please call 1300 365 003.

     If you have any feedback for us, please email 

    Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI)

    The Victorian Government has established the COVID-19 community activation and social isolation initiative (CASI) to help people maintain important connections with family, friends and community and to build new social connections and networks of support in their local communities.

    COVID-19 is disrupting regular social interactions and networks. The CASI initiative will benefit anyone in the community who needs practical, emotional or social support, particularly those who have minimal social connections and informal supports.

    Our Team has developed Staying Connected packs for members of the community who need some additional support during this time. If you, or someone you know may benefit from a support pack, please contact us on 1300 365 003. 

    Community Support

    Quercus Beechworth 

    Quercus Beechworth offer a range of services for the community.

    Food Program and Community Support

    The Quercus Community Food program provides healthy and nutritious meals free of charge to members of the community in times of need. 

    Quercus Community Support is a confidential and non-judgmental service that can provide financial assistance with utilities, fuel, emergency accommodation, pharmaceuticals and school costs.

    Meals and other support can be accessed by calling 0408 860 231 (Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-4pm).

    To see more about what support Quercus Beechworth can offer, visit their website.  

    Yackandandah Community Centre

     The Yackandandah Community Centre is working closely with other leading organisations in their town to come up with ways to support residents during this time. 

    They are asking for your help. Visit the YCC website to register to volunteer, contribute your ideas or for more information. 

    They have also compiled a list of businesses who are supporting the community, the list can be found here 

    Red Cross - COVID Connect

    Red Cross can provide you with a daily telephone call to check on your wellbeing through a service known as Telecross. Telecross is for people who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed.

    To participate in Telecross call Red Cross on on 1300 885 698. More information can be found on their website.  

    Support Services and Resources

    The Beyond Blue website also features a range of helpful resources.

    Domestic Violence Support

    Women are at increased risk of family violence before, during and after an emergency, such as a pandemic.  Feeling stressed and angry is no excuse for family violence or sexual assault.The following supports are available for all Indigo residents.


    • 1800 RESPECT -1800 737 732 (24hr)
    • Centre Against Violence - 03 5722 2203 - Family violence crisis accommodation & support services for women & children. Also provides sexual assault services for women, men, young people and children.
    • Gateway Health - 02 6022 8888 - Family violence outreach, counselling, support and referral.
    • Child FIRST - 1800 705 211 Information, advice and referral to support children, young people and families.

    Subscribe to our Weekly Update

    The Indigo Shire Council weekly update, YOUR INDIGO, is the best place to receive the latest information from Council

    You can sign up here to receive this via email each Friday. 

    Staying Connected

    Help your community group, family or club stay connected by following this handy tip sheet.

    Tips for Staying Connected

    Phone Tree Template

    Indigo Calling

    Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting service run through Beechworth Health, Indigo North Health and the Yackandandah Community Centre. This is a great program and especially important to stay connected and receive regular updates during these challenging times. For information on how to sign up to the program, please visit the Indigo Calling page on our website.

    Supermarkets and Pharmacies



    (03) 57 281 094
    Free delivery Monday to Friday to any home in the 3747 area. Please phone through your orders with as much notice as possible. You can either pay by card over the phone or discuss other payment options.


    (02) 6027 1211 or 0421 400 111 or email
    Yackandandah Pharmacy will take orders via phone, fax email or text for any prescription medications or over the counter medications and deliver them directly to you Monday to Friday.
    This is a free service for anyone who is unwell or is worried that their existing health issues may worsen by being exposed to infection in a public space.


    (03) 5726 1972
    Free delivery to Chiltern and Barnawartha for those in need - call the store to discuss 


    (02) 6032 8613
    Monday to Friday home delivery service. Call the pharmacy and order your scripts/ shop items that you need with free delivery available.Accepts credit card payment over the phone. You can also leave your script at the pharmacy to make it easier for next time.


    (02) 6073 0605
    Home delivery service Monday to Saturday. Call the store to arrange. 



    Beechworth IGA

    (03) 57 281 055
    Home deliveries Monday to Friday. Cut off time is 2pm. Will deliver after 4pm. Email order to (preferable) or call store

    Yackandandah Foodworks

     (02) 6027 1230
    Home delivery available from Monday 6 April with deliveries on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    Chiltern IGA

    (03) 5726 1471
    Can arrange home delivery if required, call the store to discuss your needs. 

    Rutherglen IGA

    (02) 6032 9232
    Offering home delivering in Rutherglen - call through with your list and they will arrange the rest.