24 April 2020

Community Services COVID-19 Update #19

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.


The McGowan Government yesterday announced a $30 million rental relief package for residential tenants who have lost their job and face financial hardship. Tenants can apply for a grant up to $2,000, and also includes relief for landlords of small business tenants. Read the announcement here.

The Department of Communities Community Sector Partnership Team released an update on Wednesday with some relevant updates for the sector. Download the update here.

The Government is harnessing expertise of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic using iThink, an online ideas community. Initially launched for the WA public sector, everyone in our communities can now share bright ideas for how to support communities in a range of areas. Read more.

The Mental Health Commission has launched a new service, the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) to provide specialist alcohol and other drug advice to health professionals across the WA health care system. Support is provided by experienced addiction specialists to assist in the management of individuals with AOD issues in the community, including appropriate substance detoxification advice and community treatment referral guidance. The service will operate via phone between 8:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday, via 08 6553 0520. Read more.

Anyone concerned about their own or another person’s drug or alcohol use can be referred to the 24 hour Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 08 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (country callers).

Travel between regions in WA is still restricted by the State Government. Before travelling, read this Government advice first.


Grant applications are now open for the Lotterywest Cancelled Events and Resilient Organisations Grant Programs. The new grant program, part of the COVID-19 Relief Fund, will provide up to $14 million to support NFP arts, sports and community organisations who have experienced financial hardship as a result of cancelled events due to COVID-19. A further $25 million will be available to support organisations to maintain staff, pivot operations, collaborate, develop new ways of working, innovate, maintain viability, and build resilience as appropriate for future recovery. The grants have a short application period, and will close at midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020. Read more to apply.


The YACWA sexual health program, Youth Educating Peers (YEP) Project, is delivering a webinar series throughout May for youth workers in light of COVID-19. The four webinars are free and you can register here for each webinar.

Anglicare WA has an up-to-date State Government Announcement Tracker which tracks the social and economic policy announcements that area relevant to the organisation, and the wider community service sector. Read more.

Women’s Community Health Network WA has compiled three fact sheets that may be of use for many spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Supporting friends or family experiencing domestic and family violence during COVID-19.
  2. Working from home during COVID-19 and domestic and family violence.
  3. Domestic and family violence in the COVID-19 environment for victim survivors. 

CPA Australia have compiled a list of resources relevant for the NFP sector which is available on their website here.

Hancock Creative is hosting an online Change the World event on 5-7 May 2020, on a pay what you feel model. The event is aimed at NFP and cause-based communicators and marketers in light of the current COVID-19 situation. Read more.

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