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Below is a list of everyday necessities services, including secondhand clothing shops, emergency relief, soup kitchens, safe computer and Wi-Fi access, and government support. If you cannot find local everyday necessities services for your area, you can find a list of state and national everyday necessities services at the bottom of this page.

Vinnies Shop Bunbury

The Vinnies thrift shop sells second hand clothing and homeware.
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Vinnies Bunbury Depot and Shop

Vinnies Bunbury depot/shop stocks a huge range of clothing, homewares and furniture.
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St Vincent de Paul Society – Emergency Relief and Home Visitation Program

Volunteer members respond to calls for assistance from people in need in their local community either through attendance at a Vinnies Support Centre or visiting people in their homes. They try to find the most appropriate response to meet your needs. This might involve having a friendly chat or it might include providing information, advocacy, food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs.
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Salvation Army Humble Jumble Thrift Shop Bunbury

The Salvation Army Thrift shop sells second hand clothing and furniture. This is a great place to browse and find a bargain whilst supporting the work of the Salvos and the local community. 
 
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Salvation Army – Community Support Services

If you need a friendly face to listen and provide support, the Salvation Army will assess your needs face to face and provide food, material aid, information and referrals as required. Please call for an appointment. 
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Dignity Vending Machine Bunbury

The #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machine is a vending machine that dispenses FREE packs of six tampons and two pads to those in need. Share the Dignity supply the period products in the vending machine, install the machine and keep it supplied with free products.
Share the Dignity is installing #Pinkbox Dignity Vending Machines across Australia in:
 
• Charities
• Homeless hubs
• Domestic violence refuges and services
• Community centres
• Hospitals
• Aboriginal health services
• Public toilets
• Low socioeconomic Schools
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Bunbury Service Centre

Centrelink delivers a range of government payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, students, apprentices and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change.
 
Services the staff can help you with:
• Centrelink
• Medicare
Services you can access using our self-service terminals:
• Medicare
• Centrelink
• Child Support
 
Self Service Line call 136 240 to:
 
• Check payment information, such as past and future payments
• Update your family income estimate
• Complete your Rent Assistance review
• Apply for an advance payment
• Hear your Working Credit or Income Bank balance.
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AccordWest – Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief services are here for you in your time of need and will provide you with help such as:

  • Support so you are able to remain connected with home utilities
  • Assistance to help pay for medical bills or prescriptions
  • Material aid and goods to help with day-to-day living
  • Transport assistance such as bus, train or fuel vouchers
  • Access to ongoing support services including financial planning, mental health and drug and alcohol support.
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State and National Every Day Necessity Services Services

Australian Government – Services Australia

Support through payments and services while you are looking for work or doing approved studies to help you find and keep a job.

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WESNET – Safe Connections

The Safe Connections program provides tech-abuse advice to women who are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse as well as being able to provide women (and children) affected by domestic, family or sexual violence with a free Safe Connections phones and top-up credit (eligible clients can top-up 3 times in the financial year).

They also provide tech-abuse advice where they can organise appointments with one of our tech experts.

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CWA of WA Sir James Mitchell Fund

The Sir James Mitchell Fund is used to assist those who may need a helping hand. Applications for assistance are considered on an individual basis and are completely confidential. Assistance is in the form of IGA food cards, health expenses and other general assistance. It does not assist with whitegoods, rental bonds and arrears, utility bills (electricity, gas, water etc), car registration/maintenance, travel or funeral expenses.

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Services Australia – Crisis Payment

A one-off payment if you’ve experienced an extreme circumstance and are in severe financial hardship.
 
To get any of these payments, you must meet all of the following:
 
• Be in severe financial hardship
• Get, or, be eligible for an income support payment or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
• Be experiencing an extreme circumstance.
To be eligible, you must be experiencing 1 of the following:
• You or someone you’re caring for are required to quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19
• You’ve experienced an incident of family and domestic violence
• You’ve had to leave your home because of a natural or other disaster not covered by a disaster relief payment
• You’ve arrived in Australia as a Humanitarian Entrant for the first time
• You were released from prison or psychiatric confinement.
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StepUp Loans

StepUP is a low interest loan for people on low incomes who have difficulty accessing credit from a bank. You can borrow from $800 – $3,000 with up to three years to pay it back. There are no fees.
 
To qualify you must:
 
• Have a Health Care Card/Pension Card, or receive Family Tax Benefit A
• Reside in your current premises for more than 3 months
 
Find your local StepUp Loan provider on the website.
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Emergency Relief and Food Access Service

The Emergency Relief and Food Access Service is here to support you in identifying and applying for help.
 
Emergency Relief assistance is available to support you if you:
 
• are struggling to put food on the table
• are facing overdue bills
• have used  your savings to pay for daily expenses
• have experienced a reduction in income
 
You may be eligible for emergency relief even if you’re not receiving Centrelink income support.
 
If you are unable to make a phone call, please lodge an online enquiry on their website. 
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WAConnect

WAConnect is a free directory for service providers, and people looking for assistance. Users can search for food relief, financial counsellors, and emergency accommodation, among other services, and get a list of services that can provide assistance in the location that is convenient.
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No Interest Loan Scheme

No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
 
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.
 
Am I eligible?
• I have a Health Care Card / Pension Card or earn less than $45,000 a year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependants)
• I have lived at my current or previous address for at least 3 months
• I can show that I have a capacity to repay the loan
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