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Justice Connect has a range of initiatives to respond to ongoing 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.
The Federal Government's economic response to COVID-19.
State and territory governments also announced economic responses to COVID-19
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.
Northern Territory - COVID-19 business support
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