COVID-19 Preparation and Advice

*** Updated on Monday 6 April 2020 ***


All TasCOSS Members and community service organisations are encouraged to review their contingency and response plans to ensure minimal impacts to service delivery continuity and wherever possible, contribute to the recovery of individuals, communities and services.

We strongly encourage community sector organisations, staff and members of the public to familiarise yourself with the process governments are taking to contain the virus, including practical things we all can do to help minimise transmission.

TasCOSS has made available a number of trusted sources, resources and fact sheets on COVID-19 applicable to the community services industry below.


Helplines

State and Federal Support Packages

The Federal Government announced an initial COVID-19 economic stimulus package on Thursday 12 March. The second stage of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus package was announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday 22 March.

The State Government announced an COVID-19 support package in Parliament on Tuesday 17 March with a second COVID-19 social and economic support package announced by the Premier on Thursday 26 March.


Actions Taken by TasCOSS

TasCOSS is working closely with the State Government to ensure community services are well placed to support the health and safety of Tasmanians.

We are particularly focussed on ensuring continuity of essential services with demand likely to increase significantly in response to concerns around COVID-19 and possible self-isolation measures.

TasCOSS is committed to helping to reduce the risk of infection or contagion for all stakeholders, staff, volunteers, committee members, partner organisations and clients, as well as to the general public. This will be done by adopting policies and procedures recommended or directed by public health and work safety authorities.

If you have any questions about related to COVID-19 preparedness or the response taken by TasCOSS, please contact us.