Where to get help and support

If you are experiencing hardship or doing it tough as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, these services may be able to help with food packages or vouchers, financial assistance, your safety, and legal advice.

To find information about a particular service use the alphabetised menu below:

Support Services (A - G) Support Services (G - Z)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health support International student support
Assistance with energy bills Legal assistance
Community Connector Moreland Masks and face coverings
Disability support and information  Mental health and 
well-being
Employment resources and support Refugee and Asylum Seeker support
Family Support Rent relief and housing support
Family violence Support for Young People
Food relief services Useful services for older people
Gambler's Help remote support services  
Government payments and support  

 

Community Connector Moreland

Moreland Council has a dedicated phone line and email address for residents to contact if they need support as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call 8311 4140 from Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm

Email casi@moreland.vic.gov.au

 

Food relief services

For an updated list of Food and Material relief services, please visit our Food relief web page.

 

Face masks

From November 23 the rules around face masks have changed.

You must wear a face mask in some outdoor settings where you can not keep 1.5 metres away from others. Such as at public transport stations, walkways or outdoor markets.

Face masks must still be worn indoors. This includes the supermarket, on public transport or at council buildings.

You no longer have to wear a face mask outdoors if you can stay 1.5 metres away from people you don't live with.

Remember to still carry a face mask with you at all times.

The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to:

  • Vulnerable Victorians

  • Aboriginal Victorians; and

  • Workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians

Find out more about reusable face masks for vulnerable Victorians.

Additional mask and face covering resources:


Ordering reusable face masks - Information for service providers

Agencies eligible to place orders for masks include:

  • Community pharmacies
  • GP offices
  • Disability agencies and funded residential care services for people with disabilities
  • Clinical and NGO mental health services providing community and residential based care
  • Youth support services
  • Alcohol and drug services (including needle and syringe programs)
  • Family violence services
  • Agencies providing support to people in public housing and homeless people (including refugee and asylum seeker agencies)
  • Supported Residential Services and boarding houses
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled (Health) Organisations

Orders can only be made using the DHHS online ordering form.

There will be limits on the number of masks each agency will receive, to ensure a fair distribution of masks across Victoria.

 

Government payments and support 

You'll find more information about the available Federal and State Government payments and support during COVID-19 on our Government Payments and Support web page.

 

Rent relief and housing support

New temporary laws exist to protect Victorian tenants, landlords and the rental market from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. New rules cover a moratorium on evictions, rent relief for eligible tenants, suspension of rental increases, land tax reductions and deferrals for landlords, and a new dispute resolution process. Find out more information on these new rules and changes for tenants and landlords through Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Rental Hardship

If you are experiencing rental hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for assistance from the Victorian Government Rent Relief grants.

Accommodation and Support

If you need accommodation or support contact VincentCare on 1800 825 955 or visit VincentCare services page for a full list of available services.

Rental Advice

Seek information and basic advice by email from Tenants Victoria.

More information

See Council's Emergency housing page for more information.

 

Family violence

Family violence includes any actions where a family member threatens, intimidates, controls, stalks or harms another person within a family relationship or household.

See Council’s What is family violence web page for more information.

Times of stress, hardship and uncertainty, such as during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are never an excuse. 

Triple Zero (000) - if someone has been, or is about to be, injured, property is damaged, or other criminal acts happen that need a response immediately.

Services for women and their children

Berry Street Family Violence Support

  • Call 9450 4700 (business hours)

Safe Steps Response Centre

  • Call 1800 015 188 (24/7)

Djirra (Koori Women's Place - support and legal advice for women)

  • Call 1800 105 303 (business hours)

Other family violence support services for women, men and children

See Council’s family violence help web page

 

Legal assistance

Northern Community Legal Centre

  • Call 9310 4376 (business hours)

Free and confidential legal advice and assistance to people who live, work, or study in Moreland, Hume or Mitchell Shire municipalities.

​Current priority groups assisted include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; those experiencing mental ill health, disability, or cognitive impairment; homeless people; LGBTQI+ community; refugees and newly arrived; victims / survivors of family violence and young people under 25.

Victorian Legal Aid

  • Call 1300 792 387 (Melbourne Office business hours)

  • Call 9302 8777 (Broadmeadows Office)

Justice Connect

Helps people and community groups connect with free legal help. Regular services continue and services have been expanded for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Services can be accessed online and via phone. 

 

 

Refugee and Asylum Seeker support

Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre

  • Call 9326 8343

Cabirini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub

  • Call 8388 7874

Co-Health Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service

  • Call 9448 5531 (Fitzroy)

Foundation House (Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture)

  • Call 9388 0022

Your Community Health – Refugee/Asylum Seeker Health Service

  • Call 8470 1111

 

Disability support and information 

Find more information on our Access to Council services and information web page.

NDIS Contact Centre

  • Call 1800 800 110

 

International student support

International Student Tenancy Outreach Program

International students living in rooming or share houses can seek help from an Outreach Worker.

Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC)

Legal Clinic for international students addressing housing and renting rights, employment, managing debt, and accessing financial support.

Study Melbourne

Free events and confidential support services

  • Call 1800 056 449

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health support

Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) 

  • Preston - call 9403 3300
  • Fitzroy - 9419 3000

Brother to Brother

Aboriginal men’s crisis support line (24-hour support). 

Support for family violence issues, parenting issues, communication, separation and relationship stress.

  • Call 1800 435 799

 

Family Support

ChildFIRST

  • Call 1300 786 433 (toll free) or  9302 6100

Child Protection

  • Call 1300 664 977 (North Division intake)

After hours child protection emergency service

  • Call 131 278

 

Support for young people

Reachout

Butterfly Foundation

  • Call 1800 33 4673 (8am to midnight, 7 days a week)

QLife (online counselling for LGBTQIA+ youth)

  • Call 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight, everyday)

Eheadspace (Online and telephone support and counselling for 12–25 year olds)

  • Call 1800 650 893

 

Mental health and well-being

Lifeline provides crisis support and can be phoned any time on 13 11 14

Beyond Blue

  • Call 1800 512 348

Lifeline (24 hours/7 days)

  • Call 13 11 14
  • Text: 0477 13 11 14

RUOK

Kids Helpline

  • Call 1800 551 800

Friendline

  • Call 1800 424 287

 

Employment resources and support

If you have found yourself unemployed and looking for work based on various factors or perhaps the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve put together some handy information and tips to assist you in your job search. There is also information about Working for Victoria and support to register for Working for Victoria jobs.

 

Gambler's Help remote support services 

With gambling venues closed, some Victorians may be feeling anxious, stressed or bored. Some people may turn to other forms of gambling to cope. Gambler's Help support services remain available for anyone who might be affected by gambling issues.

Gambler's Help is available on 1800 858 858, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online help is also available.

 

Assistance with energy bills  

Uniting provides one-on-one phone support to people through our free home energy consultation. The support covers the following: 

  • Providing simple energy saving tips to reduce your energy bills  
  • Checking your eligibility for concessions and grants 
  • Referring you to other community support services when needed 
  • Helping you find the best energy deal 
  • Assisting you to set up an affordable payment plan 
  • Explaining what to do if you have problems paying your bills 

Interpreter services are also available.

Get in touch with Uniting on 1800 545 366 (ask for the Energy Program) or email energy@vt.uniting.org

 

Useful services for older people

Moreland City Council continues to run useful services for older people. We are following official COVID-19 guidelines, to make sure you and our staff stay safe.

Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC)