An Australian community sector special report has found the community service sector is approaching crisis point due to COVID-19.

More than a million people have been excluded from income support and expected cuts to income support for over 2 million others.

The sector is also dealing with the doubling of unemployment and a rise in serious mental health issues, as well as drops in fundraising, drops in JobKeeper amounts, and future funding uncertainty.

“Australia’s Community Sector and COVID-19: Supporting communities through the crisis” is an initiative of the Australian Community Sector Survey (ACSS), a partnership between ACOSS and the COSS Network supported by Community Sector Banking, with research undertaken by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre.

To read the full report, which discusses the full importance of community service roles during a crisis, please click here.