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Cost of Living and Concessions

If you are having trouble paying household bills, paying your rent or mortgage, or getting food on the table, there are services that can help.

Affordable SA

Affordable SA

Affordable SA Website

Affordable SA is for South Australians struggling with affordability issues. It makes it easy to access information, resources, support, and services to best meet your needs. Services are free, confidential and provided with dignity.

The site is facilitated by The Salvation Army.

Phone 1800 025 539
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Financial support

Financial support

Emergency assistance

There are services to help you in an emergency. They may give you some personal and household essentials (such as toiletries or clothes) after a brief assessment process.

Affordable SA - emergency relief

Free financial counselling

A Financial Counsellor is someone you can trust. They can help you plan your way out of debt.

You can speak with someone over the phone or be referred to someone closer to where you live.

Phone the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007
Phone the Affordable SA Helpline on 1800 025 539\

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can call the free Mob Strong Debt Helpline on 1800 808 488.

No Interest Loans (NILs)

No Interest Loans are available up to $2000 for essential goods and services including:

  • Household essentials
  • Car repair and registration
  • Medical and dental
  • Housing
  • Education.

There are rules about who can apply for these loans.

No Interest Loans (NILs) website

Covid-19 Financial Support

Some government payments have ended, but you can still get help during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Food help, emergency housing and other supports

Food help, emergency housing and other supports

Adults Supporting Kids (ASK) is a DHS website.

ASK can help if you’re struggling with:

  • finding a safe place to live for your children, family and pets
  • putting food on the table
  • your family’s mental health and wellbeing
  • having enough money to pay the bills
  • finding someone to talk to.

Get practical support for you and your family

Flood, fire and disaster recovery

Flood, fire and disaster recovery

The South Australian Government provides recovery programs and support after natural disasters and emergencies.

Get advice about what to do, and information about available supports at Recovery SA.

Recovery SA website

Referring a client for food or financial support

Referring a client for food or financial support

This page is for professionals making referrals for food or financial relief.

Download this information

Food insecurity fact sheet (January 2022) - English (PDF 566.4 KB)

Food Insecurity

If food insecurity is identified for isolating community members, they should be referred to the relevant Emergency Financial Assistance Program Provider, who will arrange the delivery of food and essentials.

Program providers

Adelaide Hills

The Hut Community Centre
Phone 8339 4400

Barossa, Light and Lower North

Lutheran Care
Phone 8562 2688

Eastern Adelaide

Baptist Care (SA) Inc
Phone 8118 5200

Eyre and Western

Centacare Catholic Country SA
Phone 1800 759 865

Far North

Centacare Catholic Country SA
Phone 1800 759 865

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

Lutheran Care
Phone 7070 6717

Limestone Coast

ac. care
Phone 1300 222 273

Murray Mallee

ac. care
Phone 1300 222 273

Northern Adelaide

Anglicare SA Ltd
Phone 0481 151 569

Southern Adelaide

Anglicare SA Ltd
Phone 0481 151 569

Western Adelaide

Uniting Care Wesley Bowden Incorporated
Phone 8245 7139

Yorke and Mid-North

Uniting Country SA Inc
Phone 1300 067 777

Financial Insecurity

If financial insecurity is identified (housing, utilities, telecommunications or other living essentials at risk) for isolating community members, they should be referred to Affordable SA, who will provide centralised telephone based financial counselling services and also act as a referral point to the broader services system.

Affordable SA

Phone 1800 025 539

Download this information

Food insecurity fact sheet (January 2022) - English (PDF 566.4 KB)

Page last updated : 31 Jan 2023

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