Festive Season Checklist
We’ve compiled a list for you of support offered for those in need at Christmas.
This is by no means exhaustive – instead it’s a brief overview of some national organisations which may be able to help you during the holiday period if you require extra support related to mental health, finances, secure accommodation or social support.
Mental health support
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Line 1800 659 467
- BeyondBlue 1300 224 636
- Mensline 1300 789 978
- KidsHelpline 1800 551 800
- 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
Urgent financial support
Department of Social Services
Contact the Department of Social Services on 1300 653 227 and ask to be put through to your local emergency relief service.
Contact 1800RESPECT for a referral on 1800 737 732 or through online chat.
National Debt Helpline
Visit the National Debt Helpline website
Call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am–4.30pm, except public holidays) to find a financial counselling agency
General support services
- Older Persons Covid-19 support line – 1800 171 866
- The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) provides food, household goods, education and pro-bono legal support for those refugees awaiting visas in order to work.
- Salvation Army general assistance and homelessness support and help this Christmas
- St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) – Provide support for housing, homelessness, food, addiction, aged care, also general support via state offices
Free Christmas lunch for those in need of a meal and companionship is offered by the Salvation Army and Mission Australia – and many, many state-based charities and organisations – ask at your local council for a meal near you.
Christmas on the Streets (COTS) provides companionship, food and essential items to those currently homeless.
The festive season is also a time when many people discuss their finances and make major decisions about retirement. Our consultants can help you to apply for the Age Pension or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or you can book a consultation with one of our advisers.
You may also want to check your entitlements.