On 16 March 2020, the 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.

The recommendations include:

  • Provide an additional $750 payments for families whose primary income is social security;
  • Increase Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by at least $95pw on a permanent basis;
  • Remove waiting periods for Newstart and other payments people will likely need during this crisis, especially those who are ill;
  • Cancel all Robodebts;
  • Extend all business related stimulus measures to community sector and not for profit organisations.

Read ACOSS’ letter to the Prime Minister here.


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