Desert Rose comes to New England Region

30 Jun 2017

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Human Services


Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Deputy Prime Minister

Member for New England





The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Desert Rose will hit the road to give people in New England easy access to essential government payments and services in July.


Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge said the Mobile Service Centre ensures people in rural communities are connected with the latest government services.


“Desert Rose is a truck set up as an office, custom-built with the same technology as any other Service Centre that delivers Medicare or Centrelink payments and services, including access to self-service facilities,” Minister Tudge said


“It is wheelchair accessible and has a soundproof room where staff can conduct free hearing health checks.”


This travelling outreach service shortens the distance between rural and regional communities and government services. In the 2015-16 financial year Mobile Service Centre crews visited 381 towns, 269 of which were greater than 50 kilometres from a service centre, and helped over 8900 people


Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Mobile Service Centre will visit towns from the New England region to offer Centrelink and Medicare payments and services, Child Support information and hearing health checks.


“The Australian Taxation Office will have someone available to assist individuals and small business taxpayers with advice and information about tax and superannuation. They will also be able to help you to register for myGov, the fast, simple way to access ATO and other government services online,” Mr Joyce said.


“It’s a fabulous service and opportunity for residents to speak face-to-face with expert staff about any social security or tax business they may have.


“I encourage local residents to come along and visit the Mobile Service Centre while it is in the area.”


For itineraries and more information visit or call 132 316.


Keep up to date with the latest payments and services information by liking the Department of Human Services on Facebook or following @HumanServicesAU on Twitter.


Photo opportunity for Mobile Service Centre on location:



Tuesday 4 July

10.30am to 4pm

Located at the Home and Community Care Building car park, Inverell Street, Delungra


Wednesday 5 July

9.30am t0 4pm

Located at the Council Chamber car park, Stephen Street, Warialda


Thursday 6 July

9am to 3pm

Located near the Roxy Theatre, Cunningham Street, Bingara


Friday 7 July

9.30am to 4pm

Located near Fusspots Café, Waterfall Way, Ebor


Monday 10 July

9am to 4pm

Located at the Visitors Information Centre car park, Bridge Street, Uralla


Tuesday 11 July

9.30am to 4pm

Located opposite McHattan Park, Fitzroy Street, Walcha


Wednesday 12 July

9.30am to 4pm

Located near the Post Office, Caroline Street, Bendemeer


Thursday 13 July

9.30am to 3pm

Located near Captain Cook Park, Jenkins Street Nundle






















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