Support available at Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
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.