Social, health and community services supporting Cardinia Shire

Financial Supports and Services

AfriAus iLEAC
Culturally appropriate food packages, bags with essential personal care items, food vouchers and referrals to other food and essential services. Thursday 1.30pm-5.30pm at Living Learning Pakenham, Friday and Saturday 1.30pm-5.30pm at Comely Banks Reserve.

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Assistance to complete your tax return Friday and Saturday mornings

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Caroline Chisolm Education Foundation (CCEF)
At the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation (CCEF) our work and scholarships unlock barriers to education and create opportunities to those facing hardship. Through access to education at Chisholm Institute we empower individuals and their families to make meaningful changes in their lives. We provide hardship financial scholarship to study courses at Chisholm Institute.

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Casey North Community Information and Support Service
Financial Counselling available via appointment. Toomah Community Centre

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Centrelink Social Workers
Call 132 850 or for emergency situations present to the Centrelink Office at 25 Treloar Lane, Pakenham.

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Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service
Provide emergency relief including food, clothing and financial assistance to people facing crisis. Public showers available for people with no access to one.

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Energy and Water Ombudsman
Free, independent and fair service to resolve complaints about electricity, gas and water companies.

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Extended Family Network
We provide a suite of services for people living with disabilities, including Tham Gia South, which means JOIN IN in Vietnamese, we hold capacity building fun socially inclusive events in the school holidays and monthly for youth and children. Offering assistance through friendship support and physical assistance that is gardening, maintenance etc.

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Fernlea Shop of Opportunities
Household items including furniture, clothing, books and "Food is Free" outlet. Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat 10–2pm.

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Good Shepherd Financial Capability and Wellbeing Program
A free, non-judgmental, confidential service for people to build their money management skills, knowledge and confidence.

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National Debt Helpline
Support with debt management, budgeting and bankruptcy.

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Pakenham & District Toy Library
A community run not for profit group operating a Toy Library for families in Cardinia Shire. Open fortnightly on either Sat or Sunday in school terms. Range of more than 1000 toys for loan. Paid membership.

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Pakenham Library - Myli - My Community Library
Library branches are located at Pakenham and Emerald. A Home Library services is also available and visits townships across Cardinia Shire. Events and program for adults and children. Free Food Friday – every Friday 6pm – 9pm Pakenham Library works with Ultimate Asian Supermarket to provide FREE hot meals made with love every Friday night to serve our community. An opportunity to come and enjoy healthy seasonal food, good company and the chance to meet new people.

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Peninsula Community Legal Centre - Fines Clinic
Having trouble paying your fines? PCLC offers a fines clinic providing assistance with fines options, special circumstances and waiver applications, linkage to the Work and Development Program. (WDP). The WDP is a non-financial therapeutic way to repay your fines through volunteering, health services and courses. Appointments can be by telephone or in person at various locations throughout the South Eastern suburbs.

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Purton Place Pre-loved shop
Provide material aid, clothing, food parcels, sanitary items, and financial assistance for families in need.

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Rural Financial Counselling Service Gippsland (RFCS)
RFCS Gippsland Provides our agricultural industries and small rural businesses with free, confidential and independent planning and support services. Financial Counselling: Empowering our clients to make better business decisions We can assist you to better understand your financial position and help develop strategies to improve your farm or business. Our Counsellors work with you one-on-one to help you deal with stresses of financial hardship, set goals and work with you to achieve them. Call 1300 045 747 or visit to see how we can help.

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Saver Plus Program (Pakenham)
Living Learning Pakenham Matched savings and financial education program for people studying or planning to study.

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South East Community Links (SECL)
Free financial counselling, including people affected by storms and floods and are also a provider of NILS for Vehicles.

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South East No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
Interest Free Loan Scheme available for eligible residents to purchase necessary items.

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Spare Change Program
Assistance with clothing to dress professionally for an interview by appointment at MY Place Youth Facility, 5-7 Main Street, Pakenham

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St Vincent DePaul
"In home" appointment for assistance with financial hardship.

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State School Relief
Free uniforms, public transport, bathers, school shoes, and other basics for children to attend school. Speak with your public-school Principal or Wellbeing Officer to see how you can apply for assistance from State School Relief.

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State Schools Relief
Assistance with school uniform - speak to the principal, assistant principal or welfare coordinator at your child’s school.

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Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Free, fair and independent help for phone and internet complaints and accounts.

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The Salvation Army - Doorways Program
Food assistance, financial assistance, material aid, financial literacy, financial counselling and Job advocacy available. Monday, Thursday, and Friday 9am to 3.30pm.

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Utility Relief Grants
Call your utility company, ask to speak with the hardship department and request a Utility Relief Grant.

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Victorian Concessions Information Line
Call 1800 658 521 (toll free) to discuss eligibility for concessions on Council Rates, energy and water bills.

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Access & Support for seniors who require help with home care packages and experiencing financial disadvantage. Care Finder and outreach support to access My Aged Care. Help with housing.

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