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We have compiled this living resource to provide the latest information on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) relevant to the health and community services sector and help the sector maintain service continuity. The recent lockdown measures implemented on social housing estates in Melbourne and worsening conditions in NSW are a stark reminder of the heightened vulnerability of people living in disadvantaged circumstances, and the ongoing need for contingency planning to ensure people aren’t further disadvantaged.

We have assurances that your usual funding arrangements should not be impacted, if there is a need to temporarily suspend or change some elements of your service. If your service is significantly impacted by COVID-19 and you have difficulty meeting your contract requirements, speak to your contract manager about the developing situation and any contingency plans that may need to be put in place.

Community Sector Updates from NCOSS and NSW Department of Communities and Justice

NCOSS CEO Joanna Quilty regularly joins DCJ Deputy Secretary Simone Walker to answer your questions with clear, accurate information about how COVID-19 is impacting the community services sector.

NSW Budget: budgeting for client outcomes

7 December 2020


Due to the recent Budget, the focus of this video will be on how it relates to the sector.

We have enjoyed communicating with you in this way and would love your feedback on how we can continue to deliver information to you through this platform. So please take a few minutes to complete this short survey.

You can find the previous video updates on Community Sector COVID-19 Video Updates from DCJ and NCOSS.

If you have a specific question that you would like to be addressed, send to or and we will endeavour to get to it in our video updates.


Important information for the sector

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