- Read the latest report from the Poverty and Inequality Partnership – COVID-19: Rental housing and homelessness impacts – An initial analysis
- ACOSS plan to deliver a healthier, more caring Australia, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs
Read our Media Release or the full ACOSS Budget Submission for 2021
- From February 1, Services Australia will resume Centrelink payment debt recovery. We urge the government to instead continue suspension of debt recovery until we are through the health and economic crises to ensure that people are able to repay any money they were overpaid.
- There have been a number of changes to mutual obligations for income support payments. See our overview for latest developments
- 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]
Community organisations are eligible for up to $10,400 a year in Jobmaker wage subsidies to hire young people
Eligible employers can receive payments for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021 of:
- up to $10,400 over a year for each one aged 16 to 29, and
- up to $5,200 over a year for each one aged 30 to 35.
The application process through the ATO is similar to that for the Jobseeker wage subsidy. Click here for details
Find our latest COVID-19 Policy briefs, videos, submissions and other documents on income support, employment, housing, the community sector and the economy.
The ACOSS Community Hub is a fortnightly e-newsletter that aims to promote communication and connection across the community sector as we find ourselves physically distant. It includes crucial work from the sector, important news from our members, key resources and events.
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.
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.
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.