This is the second VCOSS COVID-19 Sector Update.
Our plan is to send an email similar to this—comprising the latest high-level advice and resources relevant to the Victorian community sector—at least weekly, until the pandemic subsides.
All suitable content from these Sector Updates will also be posted to the VCOSS COVID-19 page.
The best place to access up-to-date health advice remains dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
The Department of Health and Human Services has produced an official 'Guidance Note on COVID-19 and employment-related matters for the Community Services Sector'. This document is availabe in both PDF and DOC format on the VCOSS COVID-19 page.
JusticeConnect's Not-for-profit Law team is delivering tailored legal support for community organisations and not-for-profits that are grappling with complex legal issues arising from measures to contain COVID-19. These may include ensuring client safety, securing data with increasingly remote workforces, and managing cancelled public events.
The Australian Institute of Community Directors has produced a free Epidemic/Pandemic Policy template that you can download and tailor to your organisation. Access it here.
Aboriginal Community and Health Sector Digital Forum
Wednesday 18 March, 9.00 – 10.00 am
This forum hosted by DHHS Deputy Secretary Amity Durham, will involve presentations from the Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, and VACCHO Chief Medical Officer, Nadia Lusis.
You can stream the forum here (no registration required). To ask a question during the forum, text 0447 913 039 or visit Slido and use the event code #COVIDA19AS.
Note: we are aware additional sub-sector meetings are being planned. We'll let you know when we have details.
Commonwealth must deliver emergency payments to prevent mass homelessness.
The national peak body for homelessness has urged the Federal Government to immediately deliver emergency payments to cover the rent for casual and contract workers who lose their income during the pandemic to prevent a “tsunami of homelessness”.
A little relief will go a long way for thousands struggling due to COVID-19
Consumer Action Law Center, VCOSS and others.
More than 30 community service organisations around the country are calling on companies providing essential services such as energy, water, finance, rental housing and telecommunications to take additional steps to support their community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Open Letter to the Prime Minister on COVID-19 Response.
Australian Council of Social Service.
ACOSS has written to the Prime Minister with recommendations on the COVID19 response to support people who are most vulnerable at this time. “We must work together as a community to deal with the health crisis in a way that supports people in the greatest need," ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said.