Not-for-profit sector to advise National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on impacts of pandemic on the vulnerable

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday May 18, 2020


A new not-for-profit working group will advise the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission on ways to mitigate the social and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the most vulnerable Australians.

The commission on Friday announced that the Charity, Philanthropy and Fundraising Advisory Group would be led by UNICEF Australia boss Tony Stuart.

With the support of NCCC commissioner Jane Halton, the advisory group would identify opportunities for not-for-profits to contribute to the community now and in the rebuilding phase of the pandemic.

It would also look at how vulnerable people can “effectively participate in Australia’s economic recovery efforts”, while highlighting barriers to organisations continuing to deliver vital services to the community.

Halton said the NCCC would draw on the working group’s collective expertise and extensive business and government networks to develop actions and recommendations to shape the NCCC’s advice to government.

“We want to harness the expertise of the not-for-profit sector to make sure vulnerable Australians are supported as we move through the COVID-19 situation and into recovery,” she said.

“Many not-for-profit groups have been affected by an increase in demand and a drop off in volunteer numbers. We need to find solutions to keep this important sector viable and get as many people as possible back to work and back volunteering in COVID safe workplaces.”

Stuart and Halton will be joined by:

  • Australian Red Cross CEO Judy Slatyer,
  • Minderoo Foundation co-chair Nicola Forrest,
  • Community First Development CEO Stephanie Harvey,
  • Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board deputy chair, adjunct professor Dr Martin Laverty,
  • The Smith Family CEO Dr Lisa O’Brien,
  • Life Without Barriers CEO Claire Robbs.

A former senior public servant, Halton will today speak in-conversation at The National Press Club, regarding her current role as chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation. CEPI was established in 2017 in Davos as part of a coordinated, international, and intergovernmental plan to develop and deploy new vaccines to prevent future epidemics.

Read more: National COVID-19 Coordination Commission pay packets revealed


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