The Local Government Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum wants councils to support its calls for welfare measures to be extended to people and families impacted by Covid-19.
Many asylum-seekers have lost work and are facing destitution because they are ineligible for any kind of government income or health support.
This has dramatically increased the demand for materials and resources at the local council level.
The taskforce has proposed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking that asylum-seekers get access to JobKeeper, JobSeeker and Medicare. Councils wanting to confirm their support for the letter can do so by completing this form.