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Information for welfare recipients after bushfire crisis

Information for welfare recipients after bushfire crisis

February 9, 2020

Interview with Leanne Ho from National Social Security Rights Network about welfare needs and support for people on low income following the bushfire crisis

The factsheet on Bushfire Recovery and Centrelink is available at http://www.nssrn.org.au/latest-news/bushfire-recovery-and-centrelink-factsheet/

People who need legal help with Centrelink issues can find their local NSSRN member centres at http://www.nssrn.org.au/services/

MEDIA CONTACT: Leanne Ho (Executive Officer) M: 0448 007 201 E: eo@nssrn.org.au

 

Bushfire legal help with Centrelink issues

The social security system can be particularly confusing and difficult to access for people who are traumatised and in crisis as a result of bushfires, some of them trying to access payments for the first time to help them recover from the disaster.

This week the National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN) has released a new factsheet which makes it easier for people affected by fires to work out what kind of assistance might be available from Centrelink in their situation.  

The factsheet explains that some payments, like Disaster Recovery Allowance, are only available to people who are not currently on a Centrelink payment. Other payments, like Crisis Payment and Urgent Payment, are only available to people who are currently receiving a Centrelink payment. The government has also announced that it will suspend recovery of debts and mutual obligation requirements for people in fire-affected areas for two months.

“While our experience with the relevant government departments has been that everyone is trying their best to help people affected by the bushfires, the system is complex and the situation is fluid, so it can make all the difference for people to have some free legal help with their issue” said Leanne Ho, Executive Officer of the NSSRN.

“We are hearing that people are going to Centrelink and being told that they don’t have the right evidence to successfully claim a Disaster Recovery Payment or that they are out of time to claim a Crisis Payment”, said Ho. “Our community legal centres can provide advice to help people access the payments they are entitled to receive, to help them through the bushfire crisis and recover”. 

NSSRN’s 15 member community legal centres around the country provide free legal assistance to people having issues with their Centrelink payments.

Not My Debt interview summer 2020 3CR OVER THE WALL giving the latest advice on Robodebts speaking with Lyndsey Jackson coordinator of Not My Debt

Not My Debt interview summer 2020 3CR OVER THE WALL giving the latest advice on Robodebts speaking with Lyndsey Jackson coordinator of Not My Debt

February 9, 2020

Not My Debt interview summer 2020 3CR OVER THE WALL giving the latest advice on Robodebts speaking with Lyndsey Jackson coordinator of Not My Debt

Robodents advice Not My Debts How to appeal and avoid robodebts from Centrelink

#notmydebt is a website built and run by a handful of volunteers from all around Australia, some with debts and some without, united by our deep concern about the injustice of Centrelink's robo-debt fiasco and the impact it's having on the lives of ordinary citizens. 

Our main aim is to get as many false debt stories in one place as possible, to get people's voices heard, so that this scandal can't be plausibly minimised or denied. 
You can contribute to this by using &/or sharing this link https://notmydebt.com.au/stories/notmydebt-stories, and read and search the stories of other Australians here.

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Kmart & Coles (February 1, 2020)

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Kmart & Coles (February 1, 2020)

February 9, 2020

A hugely informative guest from previous years, Josh Cullinan is the founder and current head of the Retail & Fast Food Workers' Union. In the episode, he updates us on industrial developments at Kmart & Coles.

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Domino’s Pizza (November 23, 2019)

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Domino’s Pizza (November 23, 2019)

February 9, 2020

A hugely informative guest from previous years, Josh Cullinan is the founder and current head of the Retail & Fast Food Workers' Union. In the episode, he updates us on industrial developments at Domino's Pizza, especially concerning a large class action to recover lost wages that is currently being launched.

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Woolworths (November 9, 2019)

Josh Cullinan Speaks on Woolworths (November 9, 2019)

February 9, 2020

A hugely informative guest from previous years, Josh Cullinan is the founder and current head of the Retail & Fast Food Workers' Union. In the episode, he updates us on industrial developments at Woolworths.

Update on the Retail & Fast Food Industrial Scene (October 12, 2019)

Update on the Retail & Fast Food Industrial Scene (October 12, 2019)

February 9, 2020

After 18 months off air, Duncan Graham returns to give an overview of the fast food and retail industrial scene over that time. A lot of key victories have been won, many due to the work of RAFFWU, the Retail & Fast Food Workers' Union.

Privatisation of Centrelink robodebt services

Privatisation of Centrelink robodebt services

September 9, 2018

Peter speaks about cuts to Centrelink staff levels and replacement of staff by labour hire firms. Discussion of how hard it is to speak to a person at DHS who knows how to fix an issue created by an automated computerised-algorithm

 

https://www.notmydebt.com.au/

Robodebts and advice from Not My Debt

Robodebts and advice from Not My Debt

September 9, 2018

Duncan speaks to Lyndsey Jackson from Not My Debt for a basic review of what robodebts are and your rights of appeal.

https://www.notmydebt.com.au/

Mark O’Brien Interview, 2018 - Part 4 (New Rental Laws)

Mark O’Brien Interview, 2018 - Part 4 (New Rental Laws)

July 29, 2018

Over The Wall revisits Mark O'Brien from Tenancy Victoria, to discuss the likely provisions of the upcoming new Residential Tenancy Act. We also talk about the process of consultation and drafting that lead to both this act and the 1996 act. We focus especially on the reform of "no reason" evictions.

NB - Since this interview, it has become apparent that the act is unlikely to be tabled before the November 2018 state election.

HANDY LINKS:

Tenancy Victoria

latest political issues regarding residential tenancies act, Newstart increases, Asylum seeker issues and cashless welfare card

latest political issues regarding residential tenancies act, Newstart increases, Asylum seeker issues and cashless welfare card

July 29, 2018

Over the Wall discusses latest political issues regarding residential tenancies act, Newstart increases, Asylum seeker issues and cashless welfare card

We also flag issues we'll be looking at in coming months.