Newly arrived migrants and refugees are far more anxious about coronavirus than the broader Australian community.
Polling from refugee support group AMES Australia has found more than two-thirds of migrants are worried about the health impacts of the virus.
A separate YouGov poll found 57 per cent of Australians were concerned.
Nearly 70 per cent of migrants surveyed were worried about losing their job or being unable to pay rent or buy food, compared to just under half of Australian residents.
A leading disease expert has warned the government needs to extend welfare support to new migrants to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
Michael Toole from the Burnet Institute said countries like Singapore had seen spikes in cases when migrants were ignored.
"To effectively suppress community transmission of the coronavirus in Australia, key elements of the response need to be accessible by vulnerable populations," Professor Toole said on Monday.
Refugee Council chief executive Paul Power has warned migrants face homelessness unless they can access income support afforded to permanent residents.
"This is not just dangerous for those in question but for the wider Australian community," Mr Power said.
Labor's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally on Sunday called for a migration overhaul once the pandemic subsides, arguing Australians must "get a fair go and a first go at jobs".
The Business Council of Australia hit back, saying post-pandemic Australia would need skilled migrants to fill short-term gaps and fire up the economy.
"Well-targeted temporary and permanent skilled migration is a job creator, not a job stealer," chief executive Jennifer Westacott told AAP.
Ms Westacott said the manufacturing, software and agricultural sectors would all need migrant workers.
Wes Lambert from the Restaurant and Catering Association strongly opposed Senator Keneally's proposal, saying skilled migrants were an integral part of the hospitality industry.
"Some of the best and many restaurants in Australia employ temporary skilled workers from around the world," he told AAP.
Mr Lambert said an Australian wouldn't be able to fill the gap left by a Japanese sushi chef at a five star, three hat restaurant.
He also called for the government to extend JobKeeper payments to temporary workers, with some restaurants feeding employees unable to access the payment.
Senator Keneally's comments have also drawn the ire of the acting immigration minister.
Alan Tudge said Labor was contradicting itself, having called for migrant workers to get access to welfare payments, while also being given less priority in job queues.
Mr Tudge said opening up welfare to migrant workers would be a $20 billion hit to the economy.
Australian Associated Press