28 April 2020

Community Services COVID-19 Update #21

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.


As you may have seen, late last week the Federal Government provided important clarification about the JobKeeper scheme, which are particularly relevant for the NFP and charity sector. To read our full update on that announcement click here, or read the Government media release here.


The Director General of Communities shared a message last Friday afternoon which you can read here.

The State Welfare Emergency Committee (SWEC) held its first meeting of 2020, following the activation of the State Emergency Welfare Plan (the Welfare Plan) on 5 April 2020. WACOSS is a member of SEWC, which is firmly committed to collectively respond to emerging welfare issues and support the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the update.

The Department of Communities is working with Nous Group and the community sector to review and refresh the approach of the taskforces. An update is provided here on the previous week of work and activities, and insights are available here from Nous.

The McGowan Government has today announced that fast-tracked funding will reach TAFEs and some specialist private training providers to roll out new training for the State's aged care and disability sectors. Read the media release here.


We thank ACOSS for their leadership and advocacy to the Federal Government for better outcomes for people who are vulnerable, and in their latest briefing paper have identified who is still missing out from the JobKeeper legislation changes, which can be read here.


More than 200 young people have shared with YACWA how COVID-19 has changed their work, study, finances, housing and health. So far mental health, social isolation and loss of income are the biggest concerns. YACWA will be taking these issues forward to advocate for a youth voice in the latest legislation and funding emerging from COVID-19. They survey is open until the end of April, and young people are invited to share how the last few weeks have impacted them by taking this survey.

Anglicare WA has updated its announcement trackers following fresh developments over the weekend. Read the State Government and Federal Government announcements.

The Cancer Council WA and the Mental Health Commission have launched a campaign to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm by providing practical tips for Western Australian adults to reduce risky alcohol consumption. Read more and download resources.

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on people with a disability and their families. A helpline - 1800 031 093 - is in place that you can call for assistance and information from experienced advocates and planners, between 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Read more.

Woodside has set up a COVID-19 Community fund to support community organisations responding to COVID-19. Read more.

Newmont has established a $20 Million Community Support Fund to help host communities, governments and employees combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

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