Emergency Relief for Temporary Visa Holders

These are emergency relief payments, not income support. We can only provide one-off, limited amounts to help people with essential needs like food and medicine.

These funds are for people on temporary visas who have no way to support themselves and who have urgent needs.

Because so many people are facing financial difficulty, we have to help those with the most urgent needs first.

This includes:
- people who cannot afford basics like food and medicine
- families with young children, people with a disability, people who are experiencing harm, people who are vulnerable to COVID-19, and people with physical or mental health issues
- people who cannot access Centrelink, Medicare or other services
- people with no income, savings or other financial support

If you think you may be eligible, email us and we will let you know when we are able to distribute funds.

If your health or safety is under threat now, please call 000.

See our website for more information, including a range of fact sheets.

Who this service is for

These funds are for people on temporary visas who have no way to support themselves and who have urgent needs.

How this service is delivered

  • Face-to-face

    ** To protect everyone’s safety during COVID-19, please do not come to our Red Cross offices.

  • Call or visit us online

    You do not need to call us.
    If you send us an email, we will have your contact details and let you know when you can apply.

    If you think you may be eligible, email us and we will let you know when we are able to distribute funds.

Updated: 27/04/2020

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