Support available at Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
MRC Tas is providing free fresh and dried food boxes to people who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 (available to temporary visa holders and other migrants).
Boxes are packed with healthy, nutritious, and where possible, culturally appropriate food, intended for cooking in a home kitchen.
Delivery of boxes around Hobart and surrounding suburbs is being supported by the Glenorchy District Football Club and its community partners. The packing of boxes is supported by MRC Tas volunteers.
For more information and to register for this service, please call MRC Tasmania on 03 6221 0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The MRC Tas Food Box Program was initiated with support from the Jetty Foundation and the Rotary Club of North Hobart.
This new program provides:
- In-language resources
- Individual support for issues resulting from COVID-19 impacts
- Individual support to link people with a CALD background with education, employment, training, and other services
For more information please email email@example.com, or for more information and to refer a client please call:
Southern Tasmania: Esta Birdahic on (03) 6221 0999
Northern Tasmania: Kelli Charles on (03) 6724 2820
Supported by the Crown through the Department of Health
The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt throughout Tasmania, however, we understand that as a temporary visa holder, it can be particularly challenging. If you are having trouble with rent, food, paying your bills or even staying in touch with your family and friends, then we can help.
We can provide you with practical assistance, supporting you to access and apply for emergency relief payments and material support. We can also provide advice and refer to you other useful services.
For further information and support, please contact us on 03 6221 0999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is supported by the Tasmanian Government.
Other support available
Housing connect: 1800 800 588, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Tenants Union: (03) 6223 2641 or 1300 652 641
Rent relief up to $2000 from the Tasmanian Government for those in financial hardship due to COVID-19 can apply by contacting Housing Connect: 1800 800 588. This starts 25 May 2020, and includes temporary visa holders.
If you have no income, savings and no access to other support you may be eligible for a once-off emergency relief payment from the Australian government. Apply online through the Red Cross.
Some temporary visa holders can access up to $20 000 of their superannuation savings. Check eligibility here.
National Debt Helpline has free financial counselling. Phone 1800 007 007.
Beyond Blue has a dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Trained mental health professionals are available for support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone, web chat and email.
The Safety Net Grant Scheme is a once-off grant from UTAS of $2000. These are emergency supports, not income support.
If you have held a student visa for 12 months or more you can access up to $10,000 of your Australian superannuation tax-free.