Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2634 ..
COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response—Select Committee
MADAM SPEAKER: I have been notified, in writing, of the following nominations for the membership of the Select Committee on COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response, and those are Ms Clay, Ms Lee and Ms Orr.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That the Members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on the COVID-19 2021 Pandemic Response.
Community sector organisations—COVID-19
MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.00): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) acknowledges that:
(a) the ACT community sector has been a vital partner in the ACT Government’s response to the current outbreak of COVID-19;
(b) this partnership has helped the Government respond effectively to significant and complex public health challenges by providing support to communities and individuals facing disadvantage;
(c) ACT community sector organisations have experienced significant increased need for their existing services as well as demand for their crisis response;
(d) since the lockdown began, many of these organisations have experienced a significant drop in their incomes from:
(i) reduced revenue and cashflow impact from fee-for-service activities, including early childhood education provision and disability support;
(ii) reduced rental revenue from affordable rental tenants facing COVID-induced financial hardship;
(iii) cancelled fundraising events; and
(iv) significantly reduced philanthropic donations due to financial uncertainty for businesses and individuals;
(2) further acknowledges that:
(a) this sudden increased demand comes at a time when the ACT community sector has been grappling with significant increased costs arising from several important yet costly reforms, including:
(i) the Fair Work Commission’s 2021-22 equal remuneration decision;
(ii) increases to superannuation; and
(iii) the ACT Portable Long Service Leave Scheme;