1 May 2020

Community Services COVID-19 Update #22

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.


In light of the recent JobKeeper clarifications from the Federal Government, WACOSS has partnered with Linkwest and Professor David Gilchrist from the University of Western Australia to bring NFPs and charities a FREE 1 hour webinar from 11am, Friday 1 May. Register now.

If you miss the chance to attend on Friday, you may choose to register for the same webinar with ACOSS on Monday 4 May or on Thursday 7 May. More information can be found here. *Note, these webinars will be of similar content, so there's no need to attend both webinars.


The Homelessness Taskforce is the first Taskforce to develop a plan for its short to medium term COVID-19 homelessness responses, which will form the basis for the other Taskforces to follow. Government will work through the authorisation pathway to support initiatives proposed by the Taskforce to ensure that we have the necessary strategic rigour. Read more.

The Department of Justice Corrective Services have provided their first COVID-19 update, which details some of the measures they have taken during the pandemic. Read here.


ACOSS has released five job-rich measures that will help people and communities to recover from the coronavirus crisis. These are:

  1. Permanently increase income supports to people most in need to stimulate spending and wellbeing.
  2. Create a national low-income energy productivity program
  3. Build 30,000 social housing dwellings to reduce homelessness and deliver jobs
  4. Close the gaps in home care services to focus on people most at risk and create jobs
  5. Commit to preventing long-term and structural unemployment.

Read the media release here and Economic Recovery Briefing paper.

State Governments around Australia have stepped up to provide accommodation for people who don’t have a safe place to live. The WA State Government has supported some small initiatives, but overall has moved slowly, and hundreds of rough sleepers are still on the street. Please sign and support the Everybody’s Home campaign to increase investment in social and affordable housing in WA. Share Shelter WA's message on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


The Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart handed down their report yesterday, which recommended that JobSeeker (Newstart), Youth Allowance, and Parenting Payments must be permanently increased. Read the Senate Report. Read the ACOSS statement.


Anglicare Australia has released their annual Rental Affordability Snapshot, which highlights the lived experience of people looking for housing on a low income. Read more.

Additionally, Anglicare WA has provided a Western Australian Snapshot, which highlights the lack of affordable options for low income households, particularly those that rely on Government benefits. This year’s Snapshot is based on 7,256 private rentals in the Perth metro area, South West and Great Southern, and the North West including the Kimberley and Pilbara. Read more.

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