Author: Maggie Coggan
With over one million temporary visa holders excluded from the Commonwealth’s coronavirus financial assistance, charities are stepping up. But sector leaders say they are struggling to connect with, and service, the rising number of people in need.
The economic consequences of COVID-19 have been devastating, particularly for those working in retail and hospitality industries.
While the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package is designed to prop up workers that have lost employment during the pandemic, international students, working holiday makers, refugees, asylum seekers, and skilled temporary migrants – who are overrepresented in these industries – have been left out of the program and now face destitution. [Continues …]
Charities struggle under weight of demand
In the absence of federal support, Victoria, the ACT, Tasmania and Queensland have rolled out cash relief programs to support temporary visa holders, while charities such as the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Settlement Services International (SSI), and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre have stepped up to fill remaining gaps. [Continues …]
SOURCE: Coggan, Maggie. “The Communities Left Behind in the Pandemic.” ProBono Australia, 25 May 2020
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