FINANCIAL SUPPORT
For refugees, arriving in Australia means learning new financial systems and structures, often with few savings to fall back on. The Australian Refugee Association (ARA) provides a range of services to help clients understand these new systems. From caseworkers helping individuals negotiate with power companies, to workshops on budgeting, ARA's services are designed to respond to short-term needs and support long-term stability. ARA provides some small, one-off financial grants to help eligible clients in short-term or emergency situations.
FINANCIAL COUNSELLING, ADVOCACY AND INFORMATION
ADVOCACY
As part of ARA's case management services, case managers can advocate on behalf of clients with other organisations, government departments and utility companies.
FINANCIAL COUNSELLING
Where appropriate, case workers can refer clients to ARA's financial counselling service. Provided in partnership with UnitingCare Wesley Bowden and funded by the Department of Social Services, this service provides budgeting, information and advocacy for people experiencing financial difficulties.
EMERGENCY RELIEF AND MATERIAL ASSISTANCE
EMERGENCY RELIEF
Small one-off payments for eligible clients to provide assistance with utility bills. Also includes information, advocacy and referrals in relation to budget and financial matters. Funded by the Department of Social Services.
SCHOLARSHIPS
Small, one-off contributions towards educations costs (for example, uniforms, textbooks or calculators). Currently available for people living or studying in the Marion, Mitcham and Port Adelaide-Enfield council areas.
DONATED FOOD AND GOODS
An informal program providing short-term assistance for clients. Supported by the Quakers and OzHarvest.
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