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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

$26.017m for people in crisis

More than $26 million for families and individuals in short-term financial crisis was announced today by Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony.

Mr Anthony said the Emergency Relief Program funding for this financial year had increased by $1 million, reflecting increases in the cost of living.

“The funding will be distributed by 1,150 community welfare organisations around Australia to people experiencing immediate financial difficulties,” Mr Anthony said.

“This funding will assist families and individuals in financial crisis, including people who are unemployed and homeless.

“Welfare Agency workers play a vital role in helping people by providing cash, food vouchers, transport fares, cheques for utility bills and referral to other services.

“The use of current Centrelink and ABS data will ensure the funds are fairly distributed to regions in need.”

Mr Anthony said that while providing financial support was essential, the program also helped prevent on-going hardship by linking people to other services.

“Agencies can access their local network of support services like financial advisers and family counsellors who can help people get back on their feet.

“The continued funding and support of these essential services is crucial to help those members of the Australian community who find themselves in crisis situations.”