Support to get you back on your feet.

If you are in crisis or experiencing hardship, our emergency relief services are here to help.

Emergency relief services

Support to get you through a difficult time.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, we’re here to help. 

With a dedicated and compassionate team of staff and volunteers, we provide a safe, welcoming environment where you will be heard and respected.

Across Victoria and Tasmania, our emergency relief services offer practical resources and a listening ear from someone who cares.  

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You can receive:

Our emergency relief services

Bills and expense assistance

If you are struggling to pay your bills and basic living expenses, we can help. Our limited bills and expense assistance can ensure that you can afford basic necessities and cover essential costs including utility bills, medical costs, and housing costs. 

This service is available to anyone experiencing financial hardship but is limited to certain locations. 

Learn more about bills and expense assistance.

Emergency food vouchers and material relief

Our food and material aid service can provide you with immediate access to food vouchers and other essential items if you are experiencing hardship. This support includes non-perishable and canned foods, personal hygiene items and household items like mattresses and other essential items. 

Emergency food and material relief is available to people in Victoria and Tasmania who are experiencing financial hardship and require immediate support. 

Learn more about emergency food vouchers and material relief.

Community meals

If you are struggling to access an affordable meal or feel socially isolated, you can enjoy a healthy and nourishing meal in a safe and friendly space with our community meals program. 

We offer free and low-cost freshly made meals as well as an inclusive and supportive environment to help generate positive connections. 

Learn more about community meals.

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Frequently Asked Questions ​

Emergency Relief provides immediate and short-term financial or material assistance to individuals and families in crisis. Uniting Vic.Tas can offer support for basic needs like food and clothing.

Uniting Vic.Tas Emergency Relief programs are available to individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship or crisis. Eligibility criteria may vary depending on the type of assistance needed, but generally, people with low income, unemployed, or experiencing unexpected life events like loss of a job, illness, or family breakdown are able to access these services.

Uniting Vic.Tas’ Emergency Relief program provides a range of support services, including food and grocery vouchers, clothing, transport assistance, help with paying bills or rent, and access to accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

To apply for Emergency Relief services, you can call our team on (03) 9192 8100 or email us at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can visit our website and fill out the online contact form to request assistance.

Yes, Emergency Relief services provided by Uniting Vic.Tas are free of charge for those who are eligible. However, in some cases, there may be limits on the amount of assistance that can be provided or specific criteria that must be met to receive support.

Get in touch

We’re here for you.

Need a helping hand? Our team can support your situation. 

Call us on
(03) 9192 8100