As a national charity and community services provider with more than 2,000 employees working with vulnerable people, the ongoing need to ensure safety and wellbeing for everyone is at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers. Our focus continues to be on standing together to support the communities we serve and the safety and wellbeing of our staff.

Our ability to prioritise our vital services at Mission Australia becomes ever more important at times like this, because we know that the most vulnerable in society are often those most greatly impacted. Protecting our most vulnerable now, will help our communities and country to bounce back quickly and thrive into the future.

We are responding to the evolving health situation and the measures which are regularly announced by Federal and State Governments so that we can keep our staff and the people we serve safe and well. At this stage we are working to maintain service continuity for our essential services, including aged care and homelessness services, while many of our support staff are working remotely where possible.

Mission Australia is taking every precaution to protect each other and the people we serve. We’re reinforcing the need for staff to take extra steps to ensure all workplaces are continuously clean and hygienic. We’re urging staff, contractors and clients to engage with regular and thorough hand-washing, good respiratory hygiene and social distancing, including providing support for clients by phone or email where possible. All staff are aware of the recommended preventative measures, as well as the actions to be taken if a staff member or client is suspected to have, or is diagnosed with, COVID-19.

There’s no doubt that our nation is facing major challenges. But our commitment is unchanged. Mission Australia, its staff, volunteers, funders and supporters will continue to work together to create hope and opportunity for those in our society who are in greatest need.

Now is not the time to hold back, but to care for ourselves and reach out to others with whatever support or encouragement each of us is able to provide. We are especially grateful for our supporters whose generosity in these times of unprecedented need is vitally important. Donations are always greatly appreciated, but never more so than in the current circumstances, when pressure on those most vulnerable in the community has never been greater. Together we stand.

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