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

0436 457 154

Wallan Gateway Church Food Bank

0491 075 404 (SMS)

Love Thy Neighbour

0413 220 015

Free Social Seniors Lunches

[email protected]

0476 493 765

Whittlesea Community Connections 

9401 6666

Whittlesea Community House 

9716 3361

St Vincent De Paul 

1800 305 682

Salvation Army 

9437 4997

Big Group Hug


1300 005 040

Sikh Community Connections 

0476 850 607 (SMS)

Turbans For Australia 

0405 557 713 (SMS)

Hope Centre 

0423 165 320

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency 

(Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)

9287 8800

Keeping costs low for energy bills:

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


Cheaper bills for those who need it most:

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


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.

Putting power in your hands:

The State Electricity Commision (SEC) is officially back.


Helping you save on solar:

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

Rebates for installing solar batteries:


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.


Discounts on rego, licenses, and transport for veterans:



Families & Education

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


Discounts for school uniforms, shoes, and books


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


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


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


Free dental care at government primary schools


Free vision screening and glasses for kids in primary school.


Free breakfasts and lunches at school.


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


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


Help with the cost of school camps and excursions.







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.


Keeping costs down for rate payers: 

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


More security for renters: 

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


Further education and training

Free degrees in Nursing:


Free degrees in Teaching


Free TAFE for more than 70 courses in growth industries.


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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