- Bankruptcy application: Streamlining the process for debtors being assisted by financial counsellors (COVID-19)
- Early access to superannuation
- Quarantine fees: State and Territory breakdown
- Payments to support for households
- Jobkeeper Payment: Information for employees
- Extension of the Jobkeeper Payment
NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME (NRS) PAYMENTS
Payments received from the National Redress Scheme (NRS) are treated differently from other payments and it is important to understand how the payment may affect your client’s situation, particularly if they receive a Centrelink payment or have any debts. Specialist Redress financial counsellors at knowmore legal service can assist people who are thinking about applying or have applied to the redress scheme.
Resources are available to assist financial counsellors working with NRS recipients on the worker assistance page on the knowmore website https://knowmore.org.au/my-client-needs-financial-counselling-help/. This also includes a contact form for any queries that workers may have regarding the implications of receiving a NRS payment.
Alternatively, clients can be assisted directly by the Redress financial counsellors by contacting knowmore on 1800 605 762. The financial counsellors work in knowmore’s multidisciplinary team, delivering services that are person-centred, trauma-informed and culturally safe. They can work directly with clients to:
- Manage their debts before receiving a NRS payment.
- Improve their ‘financial health’ before receiving a NRS payment.
- Advise them about the effect the lump sum payment will have, including any impact on benefits they may receive.
- Help protect the payment from others that may be trying to access the money.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS SERIES
A free 10-event professional development webinar series covering complex and current issues arising in the community services and helping professions. CLICK HERE
GRANTS, LOANS AND MICROFINANCE
- No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS): Good Shepherd
- Direct Grants Program: The Wyatt Trust
- DaCosta Trust - provides financial support for SA Health patients when illness has impacted their finances and emotional wellbeing. Grants support people who have been inpatients or outpatients of a public hospital or SA Health facility during the previous 12 months. Allows applications from financial counsellors on behalf of eligible clients. For an information sheet click here.
- Variety SA
- Transition to Independent Living Allowance
- Dame Roma Mitchell Grants
- SA Government grants for individuals
- Escaping Violence Payment (up to $5000)
- Salvation Army Domestic Violence Loan
- Helping someone with mental health problems and finacial difficulties: Mental Health First Aid
- Money on your mind - Financial counselling and mental health: Financial Counselling Australia
- Practical tips on how to support someone who is having a tough time: SA Health
- Practical tips on how to support someone you think may be suicidal: SA Health