Media Release by The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Coalition Government provides further $1.7 million for Emergency Relief

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison today announced the Coalition Government is providing an extra $1.7 million in Emergency Relief grants to help ensure this crucial frontline service is available to those who need it across Australia.

“On becoming Minister I made it a priority that as new providers of frontline services under the Department of Social Services grants scheme came on line, there were no unintended consequences or service gaps. I offered bridging funding until the end of March for previously funded Emergency Relief providers while this process was underway and now this extra funding will allow organisations to fill identified service gaps that arose,” Minister Morrison said.

“If any other gaps or unintended consequences are identified, the government will seek to address these while also being mindful of the significant budget repair task.

“This boost in funding will ensure Emergency Relief providers in key areas are funded up to 2017 and will help continue the government’s drive to ensure that critical frontline services are available for vulnerable Australians where and when they need it.

“The $1.7 million is in addition to the $100 million the Coalition Government is already delivering to fund over 300 Emergency Relief organisations across Australia.

“Emergency Relief organisations help vulnerable Australians by providing a safety net for people experiencing financial distress or hardship and who have limited means of helping themselves.

“Assistance can be in the form of food parcels, clothes, bedding, household items and vouchers for utilities and supermarkets, and includes referrals to appropriate services, such as mental health, crisis housing, drug and alcohol issues or financial counselling services.

“The Coalition Government is committed to providing Emergency Relief organisations with assistance so they can continue their valuable work in communities across Australia,” Minister Morrison said.