Concessions and Benefits
Community care services
If you need help at home, you may be able to receive subsidised community support services such as cleaning, meal services, personal care and home maintenance. There is a small contribution requested for accessing these services.
If you are under 65 or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50, contact Community Care Access Point, 1800 600 300, or for more information click here.
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network
In partnership and collaboration with communities, the Northern Queensland Primary Health Network identifies the health issues and activities specific to the needs of each community. For more information click here.
Concessional car parking
Patients and their carers may be eligible for concessional parking at Queensland public hospitals.
Car parking concessions are being made available to eligible patients and their carers in the following categories:
Experiencing financial hardship (which may include government concession card holders).
Need to attend hospital for an extended period of time.
Required to attend hospital frequently.
Patients with special needs who require assistance.
For more information click here.
Variety Smile Medical Support Program Grant
Variety New South Wales administers a national Smile Program and Queenslanders are eligible. You can apply for a grant to assist with health care related costs for your child, including nebulisers, therapy, child care services, parking, tolls and petrol. If approved, the grant may be claimed by sending in receipts for reimbursement, or for more expensive items the supplier may be paid directly. A letter of support is needed. Email email@example.com to request a letter of support.
Youngcare’s Home Support Grant
Support to stay at home or move home
The Youngcare Home Support Grants are available for individuals aged between 16 and 65 who have a physical disability and who need essential funding to either remain living at home or move back home from inappropriate housing such as Aged Care.
The Youngcare Home Support Grant provides up to $10,000 ($20,000 in extreme situations) for essential equipment, home modifications and services, and household items and utilities.
Youngcare’s Home Support Grant can provide funding where there are critical gaps in an NDIS participant’s plan, but there is still clear evidence of need. The grant also seeks to bridge the gap in essential services and support for families in need, during the transitional period while they gain access to the NDIS.
For more information click here.
Hand Heart Pocket - The Charity of Freemasons Queensland
The Hand Heart Pocket Benevolence Assistance Program provides individuals and families with a hand up in times of exceptional need, including those affected by a natural disaster or life-changing event. Benevolence Assistance is available to all qualifying members of the community. For more information click here.
Ronald McDonald Family Retreats
Six holiday retreats throughout Australia are available for families of children with a serious illness. For more information click here.
When kids from remote, rural and regional Australia are doing it tough little windmills steps in to lend a hand.
They financially assist families who have children who are seriously sick, injured or have special needs. By subsidising medical costs, travel and accommodation as well as providing essential equipment and services, they relieve some of the financial burden on families and allow mums and dads to focus on what’s important, the wellbeing of their little one. For more information click here.
Aspirations4Kids in Sport
Aspirations4Kids in Sport assists Queensland School children who face unique challenges of hardship, disability, chronic illness and remote living issues. They fund Queensland school students facing hardship who are aged 10 - 19 and enrolled in State, Catholic or Independent school so they can play their chosen sport. Events that are funded must be aligned with Queensland School Sport, School Sport Australia or as result of a school sport pathway selection. Find out more here.
Aussie Kidz Charity
Aussie Kidz Charity grants can be applied for to provide your child, under the age of 18, with specialised equipment and services such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc. You may only apply once per year per child. For more information click here.
Magpie Creek Farmstay
Magpie Creek is a working thoroughbred farmstay, located about an hour’s drive south of Brisbane. Enjoy the natural attractions of the Lamington National Park or the Cedar Creek Falls. Click here for more information about Magpie Creek.
Contact Jenny and mention that you are a Cystic Fibrosis Queensland member to receive the discount.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
A one-time only grant to assist with essential needs during an unexpected crisis. Applications must be made through a social worker. A detailed list of all of your income and expenses is required on the application form.
Career Development Service
If you are at a career crossroad, seeking a change in direction or simply wanting to explore information about a potential pathway then this service could be for you.
Members can choose from a range of packages and all sessions will be led by an experienced Career Counsellor all of whom are approved by the Career Development Association of Australia. Topics available include: Career Confidence, Goals and Direction. To make your first appointment contact firstname.lastname@example.org
No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.
NILS is offered by 170 local community organisations in over 600 locations across Australia. Chances are there’ll be a local NILS provider near you or one who can help over the phone.
To be eligible for NILS you must have a healthcare or pension card, earn under $45,000, have lived in your current residence for three months, and have a willingness and capacity to repay the loan. There are no credit checks.
NILS is a leading example of Circular Community Credit. When a borrower makes a repayment, those funds then become available to someone else in the community. Clients recognise that repaying their loan means someone else is given the same opportunity they were – consequently, the repayment rate is constantly 95 to 97 per cent.
Find your local provider and make an appointment by phoning 13 64 57 or visit https://nils.com.au/