COVID-19 Update No.2 for Organisations Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities, 1 May 2020

1 May 2020

Welcome to the second edition of our CALD-focused newsletter.

Information develops daily concerning COVID-19, and to support your important work, we are sharing some useful resources and links to assist organisations supporting culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

If you would like us to get answers to particular issues or if you have information to share, please contact us.

If you would like to flag any gaps or issues affecting your organisation, or any services that require increased funding to meet an immediate need in the COVID-19 response, please get in touch with ACTCOSS through our general email address [email protected] or someone from the team, or joining one of our teleconferences below.

Key Updates

ACT Government condemns rise in racist incidents in response to COVID-19 – media release from Minister Rattenbury and Minister Steel.

Reports of racism and discrimination in the ACT can be made directly to the ACT Human Rights Commission, by contacting 02 6205 2222 and/or [email protected].

Health & International Student Support

Financial & Visa Support

Multilingual Resources

Food & Emergency Relief

Other Resources

ACT Legal Services

  • The Consumer Law Centre is a project of Care Inc. We provide free legal advice and representation in the areas of consumer credit (mortgages, credit cards and personal loans), debt recovery, banking, contract, general fair trading and consumer protection. Find out more about Consumer Law Centre services. Contact: 02 6143 0044 or [email protected].
  • Legal Aid ACT provides advice, assistance and representation in a range of areas including employment, tenancy, criminal and family law, Legal Aid can also provide advice and assistance to people needing to apply for Family Violence Orders and Personal Protection Orders. Legal Aid also operates the Older Person’s ACT Legal Service (OPALS).

    Contact: Legal Aid Helpline on 1300 654 314 or

  • Women’s Legal Centre provides legal assistance to women in the ACT and region who cannot afford a private lawyer and do not qualify for legal aid. Our main areas of practice are family law, domestic violence, victims of crime, employment and discrimination. Contact: 02 6257 4377 or
  • Canberra Community Law (CCL) is providing legal advice, assistance and representation to people in the ACT on low incomes for matters relating to tenancy, public housing, social security and disability discrimination law, including issues related to COVID-19. CCL is also still providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the Dhurrawang Aboriginal Human Rights Program and through the Street Law program. Contact: 02 6218 7900 or
  • ANU Students Association Legal Service provides free and confidential legal advice primarily to undergraduate ANU students and ANU student clubs and societies. The service is continuing to offer an uninterrupted service online. Contact [email protected] or
  • Postgraduate and Research Student’s Association (PARSA) provides free and confidential legal and migration advice to postgraduate ANU students. PARSA, continue to offer uninterrupted service to students online during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact [email protected], [email protected]. Find out more about PARSA legal services.

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