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Philanthropy Australia welcomes support for charitable sector in economic stimulus package

March 22nd, 2020

Philanthropy Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s strong show of proactive leadership today in announcing economic support for approximately 30,000 not-for-profit organisations in the second round of measures in the Economic Response to Coronavirus.

The decision to provide economic support of up to $100,000, with a minimum payment of $20,000, for not-for-profits, including charities, that employ people and have a turnover of up to $50 million annually, will provide crucial support to Australia’s not-for-profit sector, who are collectively and individually feeling the economic impact of both COVID-19 and the recent bushfire crisis.

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, said the inclusion of charities in the stimulus package was a positive step forward for Australian charities and the broader community.

“The Federal Government’s inclusion of charities in the economic stimulus package recognises the fundamental role that charities play in supporting Australian communities, not just during the tough days, but every day,” Ms Davies said.

“The provision of economic support for charities will allow the sector to continue to support the most vulnerable members of our community during these unprecedented times.

“With more than a million employees working across the charitable sector in Australia, these measures will also provide much needed employment and income support for workers and their families,” Ms Davies said.

“Philanthropy Australia also welcomes the new measures providing increased support to vulnerable Australians with coronavirus supplements doubling the Newstart allowance and additional one-off payments for those living on other income support payments.”

Ms Davies recognised and thanked the work of social sector leaders in leading and advocating for support for the charitable sector in the lead up to today’s announcement.

Philanthropy has a critical and leading role to play in helping us all to understand, respond to and address the challenges of COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving public health situation.

“As the peak body for philanthropy in Australia, we are committed to working positively, proactively and flexibly with government and sector leaders and our members as we work our way through this unprecedented challenge,” Ms Davies said.

“We will work collectively and collaboratively to ensure philanthropy is well positioned to proactively support our charitable sector to deliver meaningful and positive outcomes and forward momentum for our communities during these uncertain and challenging times.”

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