COVID-19 Latest Council Information

Published on 02 September 2020

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The City of Unley continues to monitor and modify service delivery in the interests of the health and wellbeing of the community and our employees and to minimise the spread of COVID-19. 

In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, please find below a summary of changes to facilities, services and programs and the different ways you can contact Council.

We would like to remind all members of our community to be mindful of the information and guidance being provided by the Federal Government and SA Health and encourage you to limit your movements in the community to essential tasks and daily exercise.
The best sources of information on COVID-19 are the SA Health website and the Australian Government Department of Health website.


As COVID-19 restrictions were further eased, both Goodwood and Unley Libraries reopened to their pre-COVID opening hours from Monday 15 June. Additional services also resumed, with customers able to:

  • Browse the collection
  • Book PC use for 30-minute sessions
  • Use photocopying and scanning services.

Goodwood Toy Library reopened usual hours from Monday 15 June. Unley Toy Library reopened from Tuesday 23 June.

We’re very excited to reinstate these services to our community, while adhering to COVID-19 Safe requirements as guided by the State Government. When you visit our libraries, you will see signage in place to remind us of physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, to protect you, other visitors and staff.

Library staff are still available by phone 8372 5100 or 8372 5166 to field your questions and support you.

Make sure to follow the Unley Libraries Facebook page as the Libraries team will keep you informed, and endeavour to highlight daily, all the various ways you can still access the library online for entertainment, education, personal development and more.

Information for businesses

Council assistance

Unley Council is helping small businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions by offering a substantial discount on rates for the fourth quarter of the year. Read more about Council’s assistance for Unley businesses.

Helpful resources

This is a challenging time for our business community. We understand that there is a lot of information available and have compiled a list of resources that may be useful to you and your business during this period.

Resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19 conditions.

Customer Service

In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Unley Civic Centre reopened from Monday 18 May, 8.30am to 5pm.

Social distancing guidelines will apply. 


In accordance with the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions, the Unley Civic Centre reopened for public access from Monday 18 May, 8.30am to 5pm.

Payments can be made in person or using our Online Portal.

Justice of the Peace services

As COVID-19 restrictions are further eased, Justice of the Peace services have resumed as normal.

Appointments are not necessary but please call ahead on 8372 5111 to confirm, as due to the nature of this service, Volunteers may not always be available.


 Day    Time  
 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday    9am - 3pm 
 Thursday and Friday   9am - 12noon 


Visit the Justice of the Peace page for more information on this service.

Planning services

Commencing Wednesday 15 July, the Planning and Building Counter opened for short (15 minute or less) enquiries and lodgements.

Please observe social distancing guidelines.

Appointments are still required for more detailed Planning and Building assistance, please call 8372 5111 and speak to one of our Customer Experience Officers.

View Applications on Public Notice online

View the interactive Development Register online

Council rates

We are very aware of the difficulties being experienced by many members of our community as a result of changing circumstances in response to COVID-19.

If you have been impacted by loss of income and are facing financial hardship, be assured we are here to support our community. 

For information on the hardship provisions in place for residents, visit our Rates assistance page.

Council centres & facilities

Community Centres

Fullarton Park, Clarence Park and Unley Community Centres reopened from Tuesday June 9.

Our centre staff are excited to reopen their doors to the community as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. When you visit, you will see our centres are complying to State Government COVID Safe-Plan requirements.

Though it may take some time to return to previous levels of service, please be patient as we prioritise the health and safety of our patrons, hirers and staff.

Unfortunately, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Community Centres will not be available for casual hire outside of the Centre staffed hours for the remainder of 2020.

For opening hours, contact details and to check what programs are operating, visit our Community Centres webpage.

Please note, the Management Committee of the Goodwood Community Centre is working toward reopening to deliver safe activities in their centre. For updates, visit the Goodwood Community Service Inc Facebook page and website.

Circuit Café

The Unley Community Centre Meal Service returned Monday 13 July.

Offering low cost and nutritious lunches to our community, the Circuit Café is open Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Menus are available from the Centre and on the Unley Community Centre page. Bookings are essential, please phone 8372 5128.

Unley Museum

The Unley Museum has returned to regular operating hours. Open hours are Monday to Wednesday 10am - 4pm, Thursday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 2 - 5pm.

All services are available, including family history (available Wednesday and Thursdays), house history research and group visits.

You will see some changes in place to ensure compliance with State Government COVID-Safe requirements, aimed at prioritising the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Other impacted services

The following access changes to other Council facilities remain in place until further notice:

  • Community Bus Service discontinued for the foreseeable future
  • Town Hall Hire – no new bookings will be taken for the Town Hall.

Unley Swimming Centre

We are pleased to announce the Unley Swimming Centre will re-open on Saturday 12 September.

While the facility will be open for operation, things will be slightly different to past years.

View changes to our regular Swimming Centre re-opening.

Council-run programs & events

Following government advice on mass gatherings and social distancing, we have made the decision to defer Council-run programs, events and activities to ensure we are not inadvertently compromising the health of our community. 

Playgrounds & exercise equipment

Following advice from the Chief Public Health Officer on 5 May, all playgrounds have been safety-checked and reopened.

Please ensure you apply social distancing requirements and hygiene practices while using playgrounds.