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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 face, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings and navigating employment challenges.
If these don’t answer your specific question, please contact us.
*NEW We've considered the question 'Can our organisation make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees or volunteers?'
Joint Policy Statement - addressing the pandemic insurance gap for volunteers
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 prepared a briefing note on some of the most pressing issues COVID-19 poses for not-for-profits, including employment, contracts and insurance. With thanks to Clayton Utz for their assistance.
The Federal Government's economic response to COVID-19.
State and territory governments also announced economic responses to COVID-19
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.
Ban on evictions and rental increases - The Victorian government ban on evictions and rental increases (which included residential and commercial tenancies except in specific circumstances) ended on 28 March 2021. For more information, see the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) website.
Northern Territory - COVID-19 business support
Social Ventures Australia published a guide on COVID-19 government support to charities and not-for-profits (as at 12 August 2020)
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:
- Running the organisation
- The people involved
- Seeking funds and holding events
- Important agreements
- Insurance and risk