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COVID-19 response

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Justice Connect has a range of initiatives to respond to COVID-19 issues. We’re providing legal help to people and community organisations affected by the pandemic. 

We have free resources on issues not-for-profits have been facing, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings and navigating employment challenges.

If these don’t answer your specific question, please contact us.

Joint Policy Statement - addressing the pandemic insurance gap for volunteers 

In August 2020, we called on all Australian governments to have the back’ of Australia’s volunteer workforce in the COVID-19 crisis by overcoming the pandemic insurance gap for volunteers. We published a Joint Policy Statement with Volunteering Australia outlining our recommendations. 

Response to COVID-19 briefing note

We published a briefing note on some of the most pressing issues COVID-19 has posed for not-for-profits, including employment, contract and insurance issues. With thanks to Clayton Utz for their assistance. 

Government support

The Federal Government's economic response to COVID-19. 

The Government's JobKeeper Payment scheme ended on 28 March 2021. The scheme targeted support to businesses including not-for-profits who have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
 
The JobKeeper payment scheme has been administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). View the full list of COVID-19 support measures on the ATO website. The ATO has also published a list of FAQs for taxpayers and launched a new webpage to support not-for-profits during the pandemic.
 
In June 2021, the Federal government introduced a temporary COVID disaster payment, to be administered by Services Australia. See the Service Australia website for more information about the payments that are available, as well as the state links below. 

State and territory governments also announced economic responses to COVID-19

Victoria - Responding to COVID-19dealing with rent in response to COVID-19COVID-19 and your rightsVictorian government business grants and support

Note - the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing has published a package of COVID-19 resources for workers in the community services, disability and housing and homelessness sectors 

Volunteers in Victoria - eligible volunteers in Victoria have access to the COVID-19 Worker Support Payment. This is a one-off $1,500 payment to financially support Victorian workers who have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home because they have either been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. For more information, see our news item

COVID-19 event insurance - the Victorian Government is introducing an Australian-first COVID-19 event insurance product in December 2021. The scheme will provide cover for events that are cancelled or held at reduced capacity because of state or federal government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, see Creative Victoria’s website.

South AustraliaCOVID-19 business information and supportrental advice

Western Australia - Department of the premier and cabinet COVID-19 community advice, COVID-19 consumer protection

Northern Territory - COVID-19 business support

Queensland - COVID-19 business support, support for commercial landlords, support for commercial tenants, The Residential Rental Hub

New South Wales - COVID-19 support for businesses and individuals, land tax reliefproperty moratorium 

Tasmania - Responding to COVID-19, emergency business support packages

ACT COVID-19 economic support for business, financial and other support, government services and support

Other resources

Our Community launched a campaign 'save our sector', giving the not-for-profit sector access to their library of capacity building resources to help organisations stay afloat until we get to the other side of COVID-19. You can access their list of trusted sources to help not-for-profits with COVID-19 here.

Our other resources

We have many other free resources that will be relevant to you. Access our complete library of resources on these subjects here: