Publication Format: Report

How will the COVID – 19 crisis affect demand for social services?

This is the first report delivered to
Catholic Social Services Victoria and St Mary’s House of Welcome for a project conducted through Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU). The name of the project, and this Interim Report, also provides our guiding research question: ‘How will the COVID-19 crisis affect demand for social services?’

Failure to raise the rate could entrench disadvantage

Front cover of report, Stronger Economy Stronger Australia

Catholic Social Services Australia’s report, Strong Economy, Stronger Australia, argues that a post-pandemic economic recovery cannot proceed by withdrawing support from people in an environment of high unemployment and under-employment, job insecurity and slow wage growth.

Social services and infrastructure needs in Warrnambool area

Warrnambool beach at sunset

CSSV has released a report outlining the particular social service and infrastructure needs in the Warrnambool region. “Communities experiencing persistent disadvantage, need long-term and place-based solutions that address the underlying causes of disadvantage”, according to Joshua Lourensz, Executive Director of CSSV.

Report outlines gaps in services in Gippsland area

Gippsland farm land

“More than ever, communities in the Gippsland area need particular assistance. For those facing significant disadvantage in the region, improving infrastructure would help to improve access to important health, welfare, education and employment services and opportunities,” said Netty Horton, CEO of CatholicCare Greater Melbourne, and Gippsland.