Managing daily expenses can be tough, and credit card debt, mortgages and bills can all add to financial stress.

We offer free, independent and confidential financial counselling and budget support, home energy assessments and information sessions on managing your utilities, as well as well as emergency relief, and access to no- and low-interest loans.


 

  Emergency assistance

If you’re on a low income or have experienced a crisis, managing your daily expenses can be tough. Our Emergency Assistance service provides urgent emergency support over the phone if you are struggling.

We can provide access to food, clothing, pharmacy vouchers (for PBS prescriptions) and transportation assistance. We also offer support, advocacy and referrals to other specialist services that may help.

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  Financial counselling & support

Managing your financial affairs can be confusing, especially if credit card debt, mortgages and bills are adding pressure.

Our services are free, independent and confidential. Our financial counsellors are non-judgmental, qualified and experienced professionals who can provide information, support and advocacy to people in financial difficulty.

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  No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS®)

If you are living on a low income, it can be hard to purchase important household items.

The No Interest Loans Scheme can help, with interest- and fee-free loans for individuals, families or couples. This community-based initiative helps people to access fair, safe and affordable credit to buy essential goods and services.

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 Budgeting support program

Our free budgeting support program is designed to help you manage money, increase your skills and confidence when dealing with finances, and help you get back on your feet.

By attending a budget support appointment you will:

  • understand and develop a budget
  • establish financial goals
  • access support in completing applications and forms – Centrepay, Concessions, NILS, grant applications
  • increase your understanding of tips and strategies (phone apps, websites, available local services)
  • gain access to other support services.
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 Group financial literacy sessions

We can provide advice and group information sessions to people who are disadvantaged or on low incomes.

The program assists people with understanding and managing their personal circumstances associated with living on a low income. We also work with agencies to support people who are disadvantaged or on low incomes to gain greater control of their situation, through community education, information and advocacy.

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Energy assessments & workshops

Managing and understanding electricity, gas and water usage can be difficult and confusing. We offer a range of programs to help people understand their energy and water bills, save money on household usage, find a better deal and get assistance if they are struggling to pay their utility bills.

We provide information sessions for community groups, and offer individual case management to help keep people connected to energy, water and communications. The team can help you identify available concessions, read your meters and energy bills, get a better deal, make a complaint and negotiate bill payments. We also provide free in-home and phone energy assessments across the state.

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