If you have low income or financial problems you might be able to get help with rent and other housing costs. You may be able to get an accommodation supplement or access to cheaper housing.
You can get help with rates, rent, board, your mortgage payments, repairs and maintenance. If your income is low, you can apply for cheaper housing to central government or sometimes your council.
Emergency housing is usually provided by local councils and charities. Financial help is also available.
If you have a low income and pay the rates on your home, you could get a rebate or reduction of up to $620. Rates rebates are administered by local councils and paid for by central government.
If you own your own home, many councils let you postpone or defer paying your rates. Check with your council to find out if they offer this service and whether you qualify for the scheme in your area.
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