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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.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide information and referral, a low-cost legal advice service on a wide range of issues, and a mediation service.

Their services include:

  • Free information on a wide range of issue
  • Low-cost Legal Advice
  • Low-cost mediation and dispute resolution
  • Free Tax Help (July – October)
  • Assistance with WA NILS (No Interest Loan Scheme) Applications
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Probate Assistance
  • Preparation of Family Court documents
  • Letters of Administration
  • Wills
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Guardianship

Rural West

Rural Financial Counselling Services WA (RFCS WA) services are available to:

  • All types of farming including livestock, grain, fruit and vegetables
  • Professional fishing
  • Forestry
  • Small rural businesses that support these industries, such as fencing, harvesting, spraying or stock management contracting.

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

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

WAConnect

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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