Charities vulnerable as JobKeeper ends

By KIRSTY WALLETT

14 MAY 2021

A new report by Social Ventures Australia and the Centre for Social Impact has found Australian charities will be left financially vulnerable as the federal government’s JobKeeper COVID-19 economic support program ends.

More than 40 per cent of eligible charities said JobKeeper provided only a temporary fix to financial pressures.

The report titled Vital support: Building resilient charities to support Australia’s wellbeing’  revealed more than half the charities reporting faced some form of temporary closure, and more than 80% made some shift towards at least partial online service delivery.

Almost half of all charities shifted part or all of their workforce to remote working, and more than half also made other changes to staffing, while 77% reported that recent events had put strain on their financial operations, and 52% were worried they would not be able to provide their services in the current economic climate.

 

Social Ventures Australia charities JobKeeper report

 

Professor Kristy Muir, CEO of the Centre for Social Impact said many charities did not have funding streams or reserves, which could see devastating flow-on effects for the thousands of Australians who access their services.

“Despite the fact that the Australian economy has performed much better than expected in the recovery phase of the pandemic, charities continue to be at risk,” Professor Muir said.

“Now that JobSeeker and the JobKeeper Coronavirus Supplement have ended, more people will be turning to charities for support as they experience a significant loss of income,” she said.

Read the full report here.