Help for Families
The Department of Health and Human Services provides a range of services, support and financial assistance to Tasmanian young people, pensioners and families in need or in crisis.
Relatives Allowance Package
Relatives who have children in their permanent full-time care may be eligible for the Relatives Allowance Package if they meet the following criteria:
- Have taken all possible action to obtain maintenance payments from the person or estate liable to support the child (a parent, or the estate of a deceased parent); and
- Receive a Centrelink assistance payment such as carer payments and Family Tax Benefit.
These relatives may be eligible for the Relatives Allowance Package. The level of assistance is:
- A fortnightly payment of $28
- Two lump sum payments of $364 payable in May and November; and
- A Christmas payment of $75 payable in December.
- An annual clothing payment of $165 for children under 16 years of age payable in January
See the DHHS website for information on the Relatives Allowance Package.
The Establishment Allowance is a once off allowance to aid a carer-relative in setting up accommodation arrangements for the initial arrival and care of a child. It attaches to Relatives Allowance recipients, and is only paid once for the child to that carer.
Grandparents and relatives
Gateway Services across Tasmania provide additional support for grandparents and relatives who are caring for related children. Gateway services are contactable on 1800 171 233 or on the DHHS website.
Private Rental Support Service – rent and removals
Gateway services – Colony 47, and Anglicare are funded by Housing Tasmania to provide assistance with bonds, removal assistance and/or rent in advance or arrears. There are also ‘one off’ assistance packages available.
Eligibility for any of these services extends to those that fall within the Centrelink Health Care Card income threshold. Policy under the Affordable Housing Strategy also means that single people with an income of up to 20% more than the threshold limit may be eligible for assistance, and for families or couples with up to 10% above the threshold.
Family Violence Counselling and Support Service
The Department of Communities provides the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service (FVCSS) through therapeutic and counselling sessions for children, young adults, and parents. It is part of the Safe at Home Initiative, which is a whole of government initiative to minimise the harm arising from domestic violence, prevent domestic violence, and educate about domestic violence both with offenders and the community at large. The FVCSS provides both adult and children & young persons programs.
Disaster Welfare Plan
Under the State Disaster Welfare Plan, the Department has responsibility for coordinating personal services and relief financial assistance to disaster-affected persons. The maximum grant available for eligible persons is $7,300 over 6 months. There is also an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment, which provides one-of assistance to Australians adversely affected by a major disaster.
Currently available are Recovery and Restoration Grants, which are aimed at Tasmanians affected by the East Coast Busfires in 2006.