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Below is a list of financial services, including financial counselling, planning and advice services. If you can’t find local financial support services for your area, there is a list of state and national financial support services at the bottom of this page.

Wongan Hills Accounting & Tax

Accounting, taxation and consulting services include:

  • Personal Income Tax preparation
  • Financial Statements preparation and Business Tax Returns
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) – rollovers, exemptions and planning
  • Self Managed Super Fund Compliance
  • Estate and Succession Planning
  • Tax Planning and Minimisation
  • Tax Effective Strategies (Negative gearing, superannuation etc)
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Retirement Planning (Including Centrelink Applications)

Wongan Hills Community Resource Centre

Services include:

  • Department of Transport Agency
  • A well stocked library, e-Resources, wi-fi access, public computers
  • A Broadband for Seniors kiosk
  • Printing, secretarial and graphic design services (including large format printing)
  • Trans WA booking service
  • Access point for Medicare, Centrelink and Government Website
  • Community Development support (grants, capacity and skills building)

Share and Care Community Services – Homeless Support Service

This service is designed to assist those that are threatened with losing their homes due to financial difficulties, those who are homeless and need support to obtain and maintain long term housing and those who are finding it challenging to remain in one home for any extended amount of time.

This service covers the Wheatbelt.

Share and Care Community Services – Financial Counsellor Program

This service offers assistance to anyone wishing to take control of their finances

The Financial Counsellor offers:

  • Assistance with developing budgets that cater to individual’s needs Negotiation with creditors including debt collection agencies
  • Bankruptcy issues, information and assistance
  • Community Education
  • Mortgage stress, threatened foreclosure
  • Advocacy and negotiation on your behalf where requested

Financial Counselling has offices in Moora, York, Northam & Merredin and covers the Wheatbelt.

Share and Care Community Services – Magnolia Women’s Centre, Northam

For women escaping Family or Domestic Violence and their children. The refuge can accommodate 2 single women and large families, featuring four family rooms and a total of ten beds, in separate fully equipped unit style accommodation.

The refuge operates 24 hours 7 days per week, the support staff are contactable on 1800 353 122. This is a free and confidential service. This number can be use for telephone support and counselling, to obtain transport to get to safe accommodation or information packages on family and domestic violence.

If crisis accommodation is required and the refuge is full, the worker may be able to obtain alternative accommodation. The refuge is monitored daily with a duress alarm system and safety gates to ensure safe supported accommodation.

The worker may be able to be of assistance in regards to court appearances for violence restraining order or family court issues. The worker can provide basic counselling and outreach support if accommodation is not required. The refuge provide programs for women on budgeting, goal setting, safety plans, the effects family and domestic violence has on children, self esteem and the cycle of violence.

State and National Financial 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.

Services Australia – Crisis Payment

To get this you must:

  • be eligible for an income support payment from us
  • be in severe financial hardship
  • have an extreme life change. You can get it if you:
  • are experiencing family and domestic violence
  • get out after 14 days from prison or psychiatric confinement as a result of an offence
  • are a Humanitarian Entrant into Australia for the first time
  • go through a natural disaster not covered by the Disaster Recovery Payment
  • are in Australia when the event occurred, and when you submit your claim
  • are eligible for an income support payment.

Services Australia – Farm Household Allowance

A payment for farming families in financial hardship.

To get this you must:

  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer, who spends a major part of your time and capital, working on the farm
  • meet the income and assets test limits
  • meet mutual obligation requirements. To get Farm Household Allowance (FHA) you must meet all the following:
  • be a farmer or partner of a farmer
  • be 16 years or older
  • contribute labour and capital to an Australian farm, or are the partner of a farmer who does
  • have income and assets below certain amounts
  • have had less than 4 years of FHA in the specific 10-year period.

National Debt Hotline

National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit service that helps people tackle their debt problems. Their financial counsellors offer a free, independent and confidential service.

Your Toolkit

Your Toolkit is a free comprehensive online financial toolkit that is designed to help women facing domestic and family violence and financial abuse on their journey to more independent, confident and safe lives. Their website includes information on:

  • Centrelink and myGov account and support payments
  • Tools for managing your own finances (including budgeting and saving)
  • Financial assistance for living costs
  • Understanding financial areas such tax, superannuation, credit and insurance

MoneySmart

ASIC’s MoneySmart website is for all Australians – young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt.

They offer free, independent guidance. They have smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life:

  • losing your job
  • having a baby
  • divorce or separation
  • buying a home
  • losing your partner

WAConnect

WAConnect is an online directory where users can search for food relief, financial counsellors and emergency accomodation among other services.

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.

Eligibility:

  • Health Care Card/ Pension Card or earn less than $45 000 a year after tax ($60 000 for couples or people with dependants)
  • Lived at current or previous address for at least 3 months
  • Capacity to repay the loan

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. Loans can be used for items such as:

  •  Secondhand cars or repairs
  • White goods
  • Furniture
  • Computers
  • Vocational Education
  • Medical Expenses

*Loans cannot be used for cash, debt consolidation, holidays or bills

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