Help with the Cost of Living

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Cost of living is hitting people in our community hard.

I want you to know that you are not alone.

For updates on support services in our community, follow Lauren Kathage MP.

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Bills and Food

 

Local charities can offer support:

 

Love In Action Wallan

https://loveinactionwallan.com

0436 457 154

Wallan Gateway Church Food Bank

https://www.wallangateway.org.au/careworx-community-foodbank-wallan/

0491 075 404 (SMS)

Love Thy Neighbour

www.plentylife.org.au

0413 220 015

Free Social Seniors Lunches

[email protected]

0476 493 765

Whittlesea Community Connections

www.whittleseacommunityconnections.org.au 

9401 6666

Whittlesea Community House

www.wchi.com.au 

9716 3361

St Vincent De Paul

www.vinnies.org.au 

1800 305 682

Salvation Army

www.salvationarmy.org.au/need-help/ 

9437 4997

Big Group Hug

www.biggrouphug.org

Indiancare

www.indiancare.org.au/ 

1300 005 040

Sikh Community Connections

http://sikhcc.org.au/ 

0476 850 607 (SMS)

Turbans For Australia

https://www.t4a.org.au/ 

0405 557 713 (SMS)

Hope Centre

www.facebook.com/hopecentreunihill 

0423 165 320

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

www.vacca.org/page/services 

(Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)

9287 8800

Keeping costs low for energy bills:

The Victorian Default Offer guarantees the lowest price available on electricity.

https://www.esc.vic.gov.au/electricity-and-gas/prices-tariffs-and-benchmarks/victorian-default-offer

 

Cheaper bills for those who need it most:

The State Government is offering discounted gas and electricity bills for concession card holders.

https://services.dffh.vic.gov.au/annual-electricity-concession

 

Assistance with water bills:

The Victorian Government also offers up to 50% off their annual water and sewerage bill to eligible pensioners and health care card holders.

https://www.water.vic.gov.au/for-households/help-paying-your-bills

Putting power in your hands:

The State Electricity Commision (SEC) is officially back.

https://www.secvictoria.com.au/

 

Helping you save on solar:

Rebates and interest free loans are available for installing solar panels.

https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-panel-rebate

Rebates for installing solar batteries:

https://www.solar.vic.gov.au/solar-battery-rebate

 

Discounts & other support

An easy way to find savings for you:

Service Victoria Savings Finder - search more than 60 discounts, rebates, and savings to find the most relevant for you.

https://service.vic.gov.au/services/savings-finder/

 

Discounts on rego, licenses, and transport for veterans:

https://service.vic.gov.au/services/veterans-card-victoria

 

 

Families & Education

Free three and four-year-old kinder, saving families up to $2,500 per child each year.

https://www.vic.gov.au/sending-child-kinder

 

Discounts for school uniforms, shoes, and books

https://www.vic.gov.au/help-school-costs-and-fees

 

Up to $200 towards the cost of kids’ sports needs.

https://www.getactive.vic.gov.au/vouchers/

 

Priority Primary Care Centres (PPCCs) provide free care for people with conditions that require urgent attention but not an emergency response.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/priority-primary-care-centres

 

The Community Pharmacy Pilot lets pharmacies provide services like pill scripts without needing to see a GP.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/community-pharmacist-pilot

 

Free dental care at government primary schools

https://www.health.vic.gov.au/smile-squad

 

Free vision screening and glasses for kids in primary school.

https://www.vic.gov.au/glasses-for-kids

 

Free breakfasts and lunches at school.

https://www.vic.gov.au/school-breakfast-clubs-program.

 

Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Victoria

https://www.vic.gov.au/free-sanitary-pads-and-tampons-all-government-schools

 

Free Zoos and Museum visits for kids on weekends and during school holidays

 

Help with the cost of school camps and excursions.

https://www.vic.gov.au/camps-sports-and-excursions-fund

 

 

 

Transport

 

Housing

Helping more people get into their first home: 

The Victorian Homebuyer Fund supports people to enter home ownership. If you have a 5% deposit, we’ll chip in up to 25% of the purchase price for a share in the property - which you buy back over time, interest-free.

https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/homebuyer

 

Keeping costs down for rate payers: 

Council Rates have been capped at 2.75 per cent for 2024-25.

https://www.localgovernment.vic.gov.au/our-programs/council-rates-and-charges

 

More security for renters: 

Rent increases have been limited to no more than once every 12 months.

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/rent-bond-bills-and-condition-reports/rent/rent-increases

 

Further education and training

Free degrees in Nursing:

https://www.health.vic.gov.au/nursing-and-midwifery/free-nursing-and-midwifery-study

 

Free degrees in Teaching

https://www.vic.gov.au/scholarships-secondary-teaching-degrees

 

Free TAFE for more than 70 courses in growth industries.

vic.gov.au/free-tafe

 

This information has been collated by the office of Lauren Kathage MP.

Contact the office on 9432 9782 if you have any questions.

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