4 May 2020

Community Services COVID-19 Update #23

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.


Michelle Andrews, Director General, Department of Communities has provided the latest update from the Department - read it here. The sector may be interested to know that all recordings from Tuesdays at Twelve are available on the Department's website here, including follow up answers to questions asked during the webinar sessions. 


Jobs in WA Disability Services is a new website that enables job seekers and employers across the state to increase the number of workers in WA's disability sector. Read more here.

The State Government is working closely with community organisations, consulates, StudyPerth and education providers to make sure international students who are visiting and studying in Western Australia are safe and have the support they need. The Department of Training and Workforce Development has been working with contracted homestay providers to accommodate overseas students, the Australian Homestay Network, which connects students with local families willing to provide short-stay homestay accommodation, meals, and a safe environment for students finding it hard to meet their living experiences. Read more. Read more.

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 is currently taking place, and in light of the impact of COVID-19, the deadline to make a submission has been extended until 30 June 2020. All stakeholders are encouraged to make a submission and to have your say, simply answer questions in the consultation paper, or respond to individual topics highlighted on the review page. Read more.


The Australian Services Union has applied for a care allowance for disability workers supporting clients in self-isolation during COVID-19. The application has been taken to the Fair Work Commission today. More information to come in our next newsletter. Read more.


Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre is holding a free workshop on Working with Interpreters, via Zoom, Thursday 14 May. Read more and register.

WA Primary Health Alliance has launched See Your GP, a new campaign to encourage West Australians to avoid putting off essential health care. Read more.

The COVIDSafe App has been developed by the Federal Government to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The app is free and voluntary, and can be downloaded onto your smart phone. Read more or download the app here.

If you, or someone you know would like to access information about COVID in another language, translations of COVID-19 information are available via the Federal Government Home Affairs website here, and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has produced resources in 31 different languages here.

The Commissioner for Children and Young People in WA, who works closely with children and young people, their families, community and government to make WA a better place for young people, has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and it's impact on children and young people. CCYP have released tips for supporting young people through this time, and insights from young people's views on the impacts of COVID-19. Read more here.

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