Financial hardship

Local research and consultation have identified financial hardship as a critical social issue facing our community. There are a range of services available in the community to help support you.

Support available

For a list of financial support in Cardinia Shire refer to Financial support, food relief and furniture assistance brochure (Word, 5MB). Although these are not Cardinia Shire Council services, these agencies and community organisations can provide support.

There are a growing number of services advertising they can solve your financial problems, however, it is recommended you get advice from Government funded financial counsellors. Financial counsellors are based in community agencies and provide information, support and advocacy that is free, independent and confidential. For more information view the Financial Counselling Australia website.

For additional information on support services in the area visit the Crisis Referral Information System (CRIS) website.

The Victorian Government offers State School Relief through the provision of school clothing, shoes and other essential items. Families may be eligible for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) and/or a free uniform pack for their children. For more information and details of how to apply, download the The State Schools Relief Fact sheet for parents (PDF, 7MB).

The Department Of Human Services offers assistance to low-income households suffering a short-term (within last 12 months) financial crisis who are unable to pay for a current utility account or LP gas account and who are at risk of disconnection, restriction of supply, or non-supply of gas bottles. The Utility Relief Grant flyer (PDF, 4MB) provides eligibility criteria and details of how to apply, or visit the Department Of Human Services website for more information.

For a complete list of discounts and services available to eligible households in Victoria view the Department of Human Services Victorian Concessions brochure.

The Orange Sky van now located in Pakenham offers a free clothes washing and drying service to the local community. For more details download the Orange Sky Laundry South East Information Flyer (PDF, 1.9MB).

For more information, or to add services, contact Council's Social and Community Planning Team on 1300 787 624 or email.

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