The Coalition Government is providing an immediate funding injection to New England charities and community organisations to support at-risk residents in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.
As part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, the Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul Society, Centacare New England North West and Anglican Community Services are among those that will receive funding assistance.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the additional $384,248 investment over two years for the New England and North West region would assist locals battling the devastating impacts of the coronavirus.
“There are many people in our community doing it tough right now, which is why I am pleased the Coalition Government could deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” Mr Joyce said.
“Many people reaching out to these services may have never needed this type of assistance before, so we need to make sure we have the right supports in place to help people through this period and bounce back stronger when it’s over.”
Commonwealth funded providers will work with other neighbouring community organisations to ensure people could access services quickly.
“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers to ensure that those who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,” Mr Joyce said.
Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government understands this was a trying time for relief providers facing rapidly increasing demand while dealing with challenges in maintaining the workforce and distribution lines needed to operate.
“This funding injection will enable organisations in the New England North West to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Minister Ruston said.
Contact details for funded providers can be found on the Department of Social Services’ directory at https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/
Overall across the country the Coalition Government is providing an immediate $100 million stimulus to Australian charities and community organisations.
How do people access services?
• For local Emergency Relief services, including food, clothing, vouchers or help with bills, search 'Financial Crisis and Material Aid – Emergency Relief' at serviceproviders.dss.gov.au.
Please note provider details are updated regularly but may not be current at the time of your search.
• For financial counselling, including advice on managing debt, contact the free and confidential National Debt Helpline by calling 1800 007 007 or visit MoneySmart for advice to help you manage your money.
• For those experiencing domestic violence, contact 1800 RESPECT, or if in immediate danger, please call 000. Mensline Australia on 1300789978 and the Men's Referral Service on 1300766491 also offer support to people using violence.
• Lifeline offers personal crisis support services. Call 131 114 at any time. Kids Helpline is a free service for young people aged 5 to 25. Kids, teens and young adults can call 1800 551 800 at any time.
• Those on a low income may be eligible to apply for a 'No Interest Loan'. For more information and details on how to apply, visit Good Shepherd Microfinance.
• To test eligibility for income support payments including JobSeeker, contact Services Australia by visiting servicesaustralia.gov.au.
• For advice on how to seek medical help or to get tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19), contact your state or territory health authority, or call the coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on 1800 020 080 at any time.
• Latest Coronavirus news, advice and public health information is available at Australia.gov.au, or download on the 'Coronavirus Australia' app from the Apple and Google Play stores.