Centrelink is a community service funded by the government to assist you when you can’t support yourself financially. Did you know that Centrelink can assist you with more than financial aid? They can help with longer term solutions like work experience, help you gain access training, assist if you are a new parent, want to start your own business or have a disability. You should also know that most Centrelink offices have a social worker you can access if you need support communicating with Centrelink or disagree with a decision being made about your case.
Some services that can help manage your money:
The Rent Deduction Scheme is a free service that allows you to pay your rent through regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
Income Management involves someone helping you to manage your Centrelink income so that you are better able to pay your bills and look after your kids (if you have any).
It is only available in certain locations.
he Youth Allowance provides financial help for young people:
- 16 to 21 and looking for full time work, or
- 18 to 24 and studying full time, or
- 16 to 24 and doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship, or
- 16 to 17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study
Contact Centrelink to find out if you are entitled to government benefits. Find an office near you by visiting http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/dhs/centrelink
For payments and services while you are looking for work.
Call: 132 850
Youth and student services
For payments while you are studying and training.
Call: 132 490
Family assistance office
For payments if you are having a baby or raising children.
Call: 136 150
For Indigenous students needing help with school costs.
Call: 132 317 or pick up a form at any Centrelink office.
Centrelink multilingual services
For help in a language other than English.
Call: 131 202