6 April 2020

Community Services COVID-19 Update #12

This is the twelfth 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.


ACOSS is currently in discussions with Government and others about the best way to support the community sector re the JobKeeper legislation. Whilst they have welcomed the announcement overnight that, charities can qualify for JobKeeper subsidy if they can show a drop in overall revenue of 15%, not 30%, this will help some in the sector, but many others are still facing job losses and service cuts.

ACOSS has been urging the Government to ensure "specific purpose funding, including under government contracts is not included in the revenue test, and that this forms part of the legislation, in addition to the 15% test.

Your help is urgently needed today to show the impacts on your organisation.

To assist, can you kindly:

  1. Complete this short survey today, by no later than COB today, Monday 6 April 2020.
  2. Forward this survey onto your members to complete by no later than COB today, Monday 6 April 2020.
  3. Call or write to:

ACOSS will continue to work actively to secure the best outcome possible from the JobKeeper legislation for the sector, and for the community as a whole.

ACOSS will also be seeking specific changes to this legislation: 

  • Ensure migrants and asylum seekers have access to the JobKeeper Payment
  • JobKeeper recipients are eligible for Commonwealth Rent Assistance

For more information, visit the Australian Council of Social Service website
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