Coronavirus Information Hub

ACOSS advocacy for people at risk and the community sector

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.

ACOSS COVID-19 policy briefs on and income support, employment, housing, the community sector and the economy

Latest updates

  • We continue to host weekly ACOSS National CEO Network calls (open to ACOSS National Member Organisations). For details, contact [email protected].
  • Mutual obligations for JobSeeker and other income support is now suspended until June 1st 2020
  • The Federal Government has announced $63.3 million for the legal assistance sector, including community legal centres, with a focus on matters involving domestic violence.
  • The Federal Government has expanded the eligibility for additional supplementary payments for childcare providers, including not-for-profit organisations not eligible for JobKeeper Payments. For more information see the Education Minister’s statement.
  • The Federal Government has announced changes to eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment for charities and not-for-profits. The changes allow charities and not-for-profits to elect to exclude government revenue from the JobKeeper turnover test. This will help to ensure more crucial community services can continue to help people in need during this crisis. For more information please see our statement. The COSS Network has delivered a webinar on applicability and accounting for JobKeeper payments for NFPs and charities. A recording can be found on the WACOSS website
  • Social Ventures Australia, with the support of Paul Ramsay Foundation released a guide to key government opportunities available to NFPs and charities during COVID-19

Information on accessing income support (Centrelink payments)

A simple guide to accessing payments and where to find more help.

Information on accessing services through Ask Izzy

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.

State and territory Councils of Social Service advocacy and resources

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.

Resources, advocacy and services from our members across 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.