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COVID-19 Update – 5 May

Commonwealth Government announced changes to JobKeeper program

On Friday, 24 April, the Commonwealth Government announced changes to the JobKeeper program that could significantly benefit many CMOs. These new updates allow ACNC registered
charities to elect to exclude government revenue from the JobKeeper turnover test, making it easier to qualify. You can read more about how this could work for you below, including a detailed Q & A on the JobKeeper scheme and a cheat sheet of the various economic support measures available, produced by Accounting For Good.

To read the details regarding all changes announced Friday 24 April 2020 by the Federal Government click here.

Anti-Discrimination NSW continues to provide its free enquiry and complaint handling services during COVID-19

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions, people have the right to live in an environment free of discrimination. To read a resource providing information about everyone’s rights during COVID-19, click here.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, enquiry and complaint handling services are more important than ever. Anti-Discrimination NSW has put together resources that provide information about people’s rights and how to make a complaint if a person experiences discrimination.

A toolkit provides you with social media posts and social media tiles that you can share on your organisation’s social media pages to ensure that your clients understand their rights and how to make a complaint if they experience discrimination.

Premier announced a $25 million for medical research into COVID-19

Among other funding of $100 million to provide our doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital and ambulance staff with the option of staying in out-of-home accommodation during the pandemic, the package includes $25 million for medical research.

This funding will facilitate public health research, rapid diagnostics, clinical trials and trialling new vaccines. Of interest to our sector is that It will also support social, behavioural and mental health research, and health systems responsiveness.

This program of work will be conducted by NSW based universities, medical research institutes and local health districts and will be led by renowned research leaders in virology, infectious disease, public health, social sciences, epidemiology, health services and translational research, collaborating with peer institutions nationally and internationally.

Members may be interested in partnering with Universities to undertake this work. The Office for Health and Medical Research are currently finalising the processes for grants and funding. MHCC will provide information as it becomes available. Read more about the announcement here.

Senior Australians and COVID 19

The Commonwealth has established a Free COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians. The support line is on 1800 171 866 and will operate Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 8.30am to 6pm. Call the COVID-19 support line

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2020​​


 

Further information and resources are available on the COVID-19 page on our website.