This is the eleventh COVID-19 update from WACOSS. We are committed to providing the WA community services sector with crucial information and high level resources as necessary, until the pandemic subsides.
Content from these updates will be posted on the Community Services Resource page on the WACOSS website.
AN UPDATE FROM THE WACOSS CEO
As this week comes to a close, I would like to pause and thank everyone in the community services sector who continue to deliver services and support to people experiencing hardship and disadvantage across our state during the Coronavirus crisis.
I would like to recognise the effort that services are going to, to keep their staff and volunteers safe, while caring for people that our sector works to assist. Despite this being a challenging time, it has reinforced the invaluable role the community service sector plays in Western Australia. You have and continue to save lives.
As always, our commitment to you - our members, stakeholders, frontline workers, and our broader community members, WACOSS will continue to advocate for the wellbeing of all West Australians.
Chief Executive Officer
STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATES
The Community Sector Partnership Team has provided an important update about changes to remote housing policies. The changes have been made to support the health, safety and wellbeing of tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
The Department of Finance is coordinating the identification of emergency accommodation for COVID-19 within Western Australia. If you and your organisation have some capacity to accommodate those who need emergency accommodation, complete the survey here.
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) have shared a page on their website of their advocacy and support for community services to respond to the coronavirus crisis. Read about the work they have been doing to assist people who are vulnerable. Visit the webpage.
NEW RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
With an increase in the use of new technologies for organisations working remotely, we have identified some guidelines that may help organisations using the ZOOM platform to protect against malicious interference. Read more.
The Centre for Social Impact is producing a series of fact sheets to address specific social issue areas in the context of COVID-19. Read more.