- For community sector updates specific to the situation in Victoria, please visit the VCOSS COVID-19 page.
- For information on the updated restrictions in Victoria, please visit the Victorian DHSS restrictions webpage.
- The Federal Government is suspending mutual obligation requirements for people in Victoria receiving JobSeeker. For more information please see the Government’s media release.
- Nationally, the Federal Government has announced a return to some mutual obligations for people receiving income support from August 4. For more info please visit this page on the Department of Employment website
- ACOSS’s response to the government’s 21st July announcement on JobKeeper and JobSeeker supplement: Millions face income losses as JobSeeker supplement reduced and anxiety about future remains
- FECCA has collated a range of multilingual materials from verified sources to assist non-English speakers to learn more about COVID-19
- We continue to host fortnightly ACOSS National CEO Network calls (open to ACOSS National Organisation Members). For details, contact [email protected]
The Australian Council of Social Service is calling for support for the community sector to respond to the coronavirus crisis; and for people and communities who could be most impacted, including people on low incomes, asylum seekers, temporary migrants, people with disability and First Nations communities. We have welcomed a number of announcements by the Federal Government on income support and support for the community sector, after advocating for many of these measures. But there is much more that needs to be done to make sure nobody is left behind.
Find our latest COVID-19 Policy briefs, videos, submissions and other documents on income support, employment, housing, the community sector and the economy.
We are developing Member Resources to assist organisations in making the rapid responses required to keep staff in jobs and service delivery on track.
A simple guide to accessing payments and where to find more help.
If you or someone you know needs support, visit Ask Izzy for information on services, including housing, food, health, counselling, domestic violence and legal services, in your area.
The Councils of Social Service Network is advocating for people at risk and the community sector at the state and territory level. Many are also providing resources for the community sector.
Our members across the community sector are working tirelessly to support people though this crisis. The community sector provides essential services, including housing, food, health, counselling, domestic violence and legal services.