During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to support those in the Australian community who are struggling the most. The health and economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting marginalised people and communities the hardest. We know that for many people being sick can make your poor and being poor often makes you sick.
Unemployment has doubled as a result of the COVID-19 induced shut-down, affecting many people who may never have needed support as well as those who were already out of work or didn’t have enough work before the bushfires and pandemic hit. In December 2020 there were at least 9 people receiving DSS unemployment payments for every job advertised on the internet.
See these briefings specific to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- APW Briefing on Poverty, JobSeeker & Working Age Payments, 3 March 2021
- APW submission (#11) to the Senate Inquiry into the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020 and Additional Child Poverty Evidence to Inquiry, including APW Child Poverty Fast Facts, November 2020
- APW Briefing Poverty, Unemployment and COVID-19, 23 September 2020
- Impact of the Coronavirus Supplement: results of the National Council for Single Mother & their Child Survey, 8 September 2020
- Coronavirus Supplement by Federal Electorate with $150 cut, 26 June
- Coronavirus Supplement recipients and children by State and Territory, 26 June
- Sample Coalition MP email on Coronavirus Supplement
- APW Briefing Poverty, Health and COVID-19
- APW Talking about COVID-19
Those in lower socioeconomic groups are at a greater risk of poor health, have higher rates of illness, disability, and death compared to those from a higher socioeconomic background. The Federal Government has stated some people at most risk of serious infection from COVID-19 include:
- older people – people over the age of 70 (over 65 for people who have pre-existing medical conditions, or over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have pre-existing medical conditions)
- people with weakened immune systems
- people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart and lung conditions, kidney disease and diabetes)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have higher rates of chronic illness.
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