Financial and Legal Assistance
ASIC'S MONEYSMART – COVID-19 making financial decisions provides steps to look after yourself and your money if you are impacted by COVID-19. Read More
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - Support for business, apprentices and trainees designed to support business investment, assist cash flow, keep employees including apprentices and trainees in jobs, and assist severely affected regions. Read More
CONSUMER ACTION LAW CENTRE - are continuing to support Victorians experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage through COVID-19 by offering free Consumer Legal Advice Service dedicated Koori Help legal advice line and Community Worker Advice Service. Financial counsellors can be contacted on 1800 007 007 as part of the National Debt Helpline.
JUSTICE CONNECT - Up-to-date information for Victorian renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic including what happens if you fall behind in rent, and where you can get financial and legal help. Read More
NATIONAL DEBT HELPLINE - Helpline A not-for-profit financial counselling service that helps people tackle their debt problems. It is a free, independent and confidential service. Call 1800 007 007 to speak to a financial counsellor. Read More
QUEENSLAND STATE GOVERNMENT - a range of services and programs offered through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and SBRC team to help small businesses and employees, including apprentices and trainees, to manage the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Queensland Government has announced it will provide a $200 rebate to offset the cost of water and electricity bills for Queensland households, which will be automatically applied through household electricity bills. Visit the State Government website for information. Read More
REDFERN LEGAL CENTRE - Redfern Legal Centre’s Financial Abuse Service NSW provides free legal assistance to people in NSW who have experienced financial abuse from an intimate partner. During COVID-19, advice is provided by telephone or video conference. They also provide free resources and training webinars about financial abuse.
REVIVE FINANCIAL - Providing support for people that are struggling with more than just their finances Read More
SALVATION ARMY MONEYCARE - The Salvo’s offer a free and confidential financial counselling service to anyone who is experiencing financial stress. Put your mind at ease and call us on 1800 722363 to make an appointment. Info
SMALL BUSINESS DEBT HELPLINE - Financial Counselling for small businesses that have been affected by a bushfire or COVID-19. Free help is available from a financial counsellor by calling 1800 413 828.
UNITING COMMUNITIES (SA) - Main services have transitioned to phone or online support including No Interest Loans – NILS, Financial Counselling, Budget Support and Home energy assessments. Please call 1800 615 677 (option 3). Emergency Assistance can be accessed by calling 8202 5846. Please contact us between 9am – 1pm for a same day appointment. Website
WESTJUSTICE - Legal advice and services via telephone and email communications. Offices are closed to the public during this time, with most face-to-face client services suspended (essential face-to-face services are being provided on a case-by-case basis in the interests of accessibility).
WIRE - Financial resources for international students, migrants, people with a disability. Co-designed with migrant women, women-led groups, international students, and women with disability from various ethnic backgrounds, these resources provide information about accessing key financial support services, information and referrals. WIRE also offers free one-to-one appointments at the Financial Guidance Clinic as well as free appointments with a lawyer at the Legal Clinic in Separation and Property.
AFCA - Support and information to individuals and small business financially impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Read More
ANZ - Customer Connect offering a range of support packages for home owners and business owners. To read more please visit this link on our website.
BANK OF QUEENSLAND - Customer support and urgent access to a range of financial relief measures. Read More
COMMBANK - Customer support services offered for customers affected by COVID-19 including short-term repayment deferrals available for eligible customers. Read More. Also offering two-month home loan repayment deferrals with auto-capitalisation of arrears, to support our customers in those areas most affected by the current lockdowns. Read More
GREAT SOUTHERN BANK - Financial Assiatance packages to help those impacted by the COVID-19 situation and will help provide immediate relief to impacted members. Read More
NAB - Customer support measures for both personal home owners and business customers. To read more including changes to their everday banking services. Click Here
WESTPAC - COVID-19 Customer Help Package that includes a range of measures to help personal and business customers, as well as information on the steps Westpac are taking to remain open for business while protecting people and customers. Read More
NSW STATE GOVERNMENT - Information and advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for community and businesses in New South Wales. Read More
QUEENSLAND STATE GOVERNMENT - Border restrictions information to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland. Read More
VICTORIAN STATE GOVERNMENT - Guidance on non-essential closures Read More
ASK IZZY - Online tool that can help peopleto find the services they need is now updated with information and services on COVID-19 - including clinics and testing locations. Read More
AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION - COVID-19 information ans resources for families who are at risk of experiencing viral illness, including respiratory viruses such as the coronavirus. Breastfeeding Helpline is available 24 hours on 1800 686 268 with Breastfeeding Counsellors available to answer any questions or issues with breastfeeding and COVID-19. LiveChat, a service to guide people to find evidence-based information about breastfeeding. Local Groups Fact Sheets Read More
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert up to date information about how the government is monitoring and responding to the pandemic. Read More
AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in Melbourne and Victoria for over 35 years. We offer range of essential home care government subsidised services. We may be also able to provide AMCS Care Packs for individuals, families and communities in need. Read More
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS - Health and safety resources including simple ways you can protect yourself and help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Read More
BEYOND BLUE - The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service is available 24/7 at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au. Its dedicated phone line, staffed by mental health professionals briefed on the pandemic response, is now open on 1800 512 348.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTORIA - Information about family violence and COVID-19 and key referral contact details. Read More
HEALTH DIRECT - Symptom checker and health Information from the Australian Government plus a National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. Read More
INSIGHT EXCHANGE (Domestic Violence Service Management) – Online reflection resource My Safety Kit for people who are or may be experiencing domestic and family violence, Read More, and online resource Follow My Lead for people who are or may be responding to people who are experiencing domestic and family violence Read More.
NO TO VIOLENCE - Incidents of family violence can increase during stressful periods and individuals experiencing family violence may be at greater risk due to home isolation. Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 is available 7 days for men who use family violence and to friends and family who are concerned about someone they know using family violence. There is also a daily online drop in session between 1-2pm for NTV members to ask questions and/or for NTV to disseminate information to service provider members. Read More
THE LOOKOUT - Family Violence FAQ and information about how a public health pandemic affects the occurrence of family violence. Read More
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT - Health information advice, latest news updates, how to take action and fact finders for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More
IAG - Support measures for customers impacted by COVID-19. Read More IAG will be continually updating their response and these will be communicated through releases and on their brand websites: NRMA, CGU, SGIO, SGIC
SUNCORP GROUP (Suncorp Bank, GIO, AAMI) - Insurance relief for SME customers impacted by the coronavirus Read More
Telecommunications and Internet
INFOXCHANGE - Working from home resources specifically for the not-for-profit sector including a list of products and resources that will help people to continue to be productive. Technology Resources Cyber Security Measures
TELSTRA - Customer support including waiving late payment fees and additional data for customers. Read More
TRANSURBAN OPERATOR OF LINKT - Customer support for both on and off the road
ACTEWAGL - Support & Advice including financial support for both residential and business customers Read More
AGL - Helping to keep the lights on with business as usual services, updated customer contact information due to COVID-19 disruptions and options to defer your bill due date or pay by instalments. Read More
AURORA ENERGY - Customer support program supported by a $5M Customer Support Fund specifically to help residential and small business customers impacted by the pandemic. Read More.
GREATER WESTERN WATER - Whether you are a resident living in our service area or operate a business in our community, if you need some assistance with your bill right now, City West Water are here to help. Read More
CONSUMER POLICY RESEARCH CENTRE - Energy Info Hub is a one stop shop for Victorian community workers and households to access independent, expert information on how to access the best energy offers, essential payment support options, as well as measures that help households manage energy use and minimise energy bill shock while spending more time at home. Read More
ENDEAVOUR ENERGY - COVID-19 customer services including help for customers in hardship. Read More.
ENERGEX - COVID Safe Plan information for people in Queensland. Energex want to answer questions and respond to issues as soon as possible. If it’s not an urgent matter, contact Energex via Facebook messenger or Twitter @Energex and they will get back to you as soon as they can. For life threatening emergencies – call 13 19 62 anytime to report things like fallen lines. Info on faults and outages ate also available on their Outage Finder
ENERGYAUSTRALIA - Hardship policy available for customers who are experiencing financial difficulty and details on how to reach them during COVID-19 and energy efficiency tips for working from home Here.
ENERGY QUEENSLAND - COVID-19 Response with links to Ergon Energy Retail My Account Ergon Energy Network website Energex website Yurika website
ERGON ENERGY - Support for customers concerned about the impact COVID-19 might have on their lives. From 18 March 2020 Ergon Energy ceased disconnecting customers or turning power off. If it’s not an urgent matter, Ergon Energy can be contacted by Facebook or Facebook messenger and they will get back to you as soonas possible. Otherwise, their customer service teams can help during business hours Monday-Friday: 13 10 46 for residential, 1300 135 210 for business and +61 7 3069 4100 if you’re calling from outside Australia. Read More
ESSENTIAL ENERGY - Response and FAQ Essential Energy’s website has been updated with information about our COVID-19 response and frequently asked questions. Read More
EWOSA - Free independant advice for customers based in South Australia for energy and water. COVID-19 update
ENERGY & WATER OMBUDSMAN NSW (EWON) – we are a free, fair and independent dispute resolution service for all electricity and gas customers in New South Wales, and some water customers. We can also help customers experiencing affordability challenges and those impacted by COVID-19.
ENERGY & WATER OMBUDSMAN VICTORIA (EWOV) - We resolve complaints about electricity, gas and water companies. We’re free for Victorian customers, and we’re independent and fair. Read More
HORIZON POWER - Customer Support including a range of options that may be able including payment extensions and payment plans. Horizon Power can also help customers identify any concessions and rebates they may be eligible for and ensure these are set up on customer account. Contact Horizon Power on 1800 267 926 or visit our website.
JEMENA - The COVID-19 pandemic represents a challenge for the whole of the community and their thoughts are with those people who have been impacted. Customer support and safe reliable gas and electricity supply continues to be their top priority. Contact 13 19 09 for gas outages across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales and 131 626 for electricity outages impacting the Jemena Electricity Network in Melbourne’s north-west. Read More.
MOMENTUM ENERGY – Tailored assistance is available for customers in financial difficulty. Customers can contact us via Momentum My Account or by calling 1300 662 778 (8am–6pm weekdays) Read More
ORIGIN ENERGY - Financial Assistance for customers and reassurance they continue to take action to ensure access to reliable energy supply. Read More.
POWERSHOP - Customer support options available as the COVID-19 situation develops and changes. Contact Freecall 1800 462 668 or visit their website.
SA POWER NETWORKS - Balancing the need to ensure we keep our community and people safe, with the need to help keep the State running. We will continue to undertake planned work, as it is critical to maintaining a reliable electricity network. However, we are reviewing the amount of work we do and how we communicate with customers so we can minimise the impact of associated power interruptions. Read More
SOUTH EAST WATER - Whether you need support paying your bill, or just handy ways to manage your payments, South East Water are here to help. Read More
SYDNEY WATER - Financial assistance, flexible payment options and referrals to other support services. Any customer, residential or business, experiencing payment difficulties should contact us on 13 20 92 weekdays from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm or visit our website to see all assistance options. Read More
THE ENERGY CHARTER - Customer Resources from Energy Charter signatories to ensure that customers and communituies have access to the right resources. Read More
UNITY WATER - Unitywater recognises that customers could be vulnerable during this time and that further support may be needed. If this sounds like you, please contact Unitywater to discuss your account with one of their friendly Payment Team specialists and they can provide a variety of flexible payment options to suit your needs. Read More
URBAN UTILITIES - Help paying your bill and a range of assistance options available for customers including payment extensions or flexible payment plans. Customers contact via website, via webchat, Facebook or Twitter; or by phoning our General Enquiries line on 13 26 57 (8am – 6pm weekdays). Read More
WANNON WATER - Customer support information is updated on their COVID-19 webpage. Read More
WATER NSW - Responses that include information about dam and staff access and also links through to their debt management code of practice. Read More
YARRA VALLEY WATER - Extra support and flexibilty for customers experiencing financial pressure. Read More
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - Resources for the general public and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19) Read More
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - Chinese Resources written in simplified or traditional chinese for the general public and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More.
ETHNOLINK - Translated resources including critical health information for LOTE communities in 49 languages. Read More
OEPCP - At home tips and ideas to say connected and productive. Read More
NCOSS - Community sector resource including latest latest health advice, how to plan for isolation, work health and safety, service continuity during a pandemic, impact on people with disability and disability services, legal advice and important considerations for your organisation. Read More
QCOSS (COMMUNITY DOOR) - Accurate information about how COVID-19 will affect you and your organisation in Queensland Read More
SCOPE - Easy English information documents about wearing face masks Read More
WIRE - Free support, referrals and information on any issue for all Victorian women, nonbinary and gender diverse people. Just a short walk from Southern Cross or Flagstaff station, the Walk-In Centre is a quiet, safe space offering free face-to-face support, information, printing and scanning services; it’s managed by WIRE staff who are also women, non-binary and gender diverse people. WIRE support services can also be accessed by the Phone Support Line on 1300 134 130; Live Chat – www.wire.org.au/chat-with-wire; and Email – email@example.com.
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Last updated 12:40pm 2 August 2021