Summarised advice from the Red Cross about support options currently available to those on temporary visas

1) Register with the Tasmanian government grant

The Tasmanian Government has announced support for temporary visa holders who are experiencing difficulties.
There are three types of assistance that will be made available to temporary visa holders:

* Pandemic Isolation Assistance Grants support/household/emergency-support-for-vulnerable-
tasmanians will be made available for those who can demonstrate genuine financial hardship as
a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

* Emergency relief and assistance will be provided through
partnered non-government organisations where required.
Details of this support and how to access it will be provided
on the Government website when available.

* Support to return to your country of origin. The nature of
support will be determined once we have a clear picture of
who needs help and where they are going. Anyone wanting
assistance to return to their country of origin must register
their interest by 5.00pm, 23 May 2020.

2) Register with the Red Cross Federal funding (see below)
https://www.redcross.org.au/…/help-for-migrants-in-transiti…

3) Check the UTAS site to see if eligible

University of Tasmania is offering a Fast Track Safety Net Grant of up to $350 for support with living costs and study resources and Safety Net Grant Scheme which offers discretionary grants of up to $2,000.

4) Ring a food provider (see list attached)

5) Make sure you talk to landlord about reducing rent, they cannot ask you to leave if you can’t pay rent at this time.

6) Contact MCOT (below) for a voucher.

In these extraordinary times, MCOT is providing small vouchers for necessities such as groceries for Tasmanians with a culturally, linguistically or religiously diverse background who find themselves in need. To request a voucher, please email finance@mcot.org.au with your full name, address and a brief explanation of your financial hardship (e.g. job loss).

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