A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including over $1 million for organisations that deliver services in Darwin and across the Northern Territory.
The Morrison Liberal Government is slashing funding to vital emergency relief services.
This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan for NT communities, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
Labor will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief organisations and provide a much needed funding boost to the sector.
This will boost the ability of these grassroots organisations to deliver critical support to people when they need it most.
The Liberals’ cruel cuts will make it harder for people facing extreme financial hardship to have a basic quality of life and get by.
Unlike the Liberals who only stand up for the top end of town, Labor will always support Australians doing it tough.
A Shorten Labor Government will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to emergency relief services in Darwin and the Northern Territory by providing additional funding over the next four years, including:
- $128,000 for Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Shelter.
- $65,000 for Darwin Skills Development Scheme Incorporated.
- $49,000 for Young Women’s Christian Association of Australia.
- $21,000 for Foundation of Rehabilitation with Aboriginal Alcohol Related Difficulties.
Without this funding, many of these organisations will be forced to turn away vulnerable people seeking assistance or have to cut the services they offer.
Labor will also provide $43,000 a year from January 2020 to June 2023 to Dawn House.
Over the next four years, Labor will also provide a funding boost to organisations providing emergency relief to Northern Territory, including:
- $16,000 for Multicultural Council of The Northern Territory Incorporated.
- $16,000 for Anglicare N.T. Ltd.
- $36,000 for Catholic Care.
- $16,000 for HK Training & Consultancy Pty Ltd.
- $16,000 for Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council Incorporated.
- $20,000 for Somerville Community Services Incorporated.
- $56,000 for St Vincent de Paul Society (NT) Inc.
- $16,000 for The Gathering Incorporated.
- $94,000 for The Salvation Army (Northern Territory).
- $52,000 for Carers NT.
- $163,000 for Lutheran Church of Australia to deliver services to SA and NT.
- $15,000 to Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporal to deliver services to WA and NT.
- $181,000 to Mission Australia to deliver services across Australia.
These services provide support to vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn by providing food hampers, funding for fuel to attend specialist medical appointments and other financial assistance.
The charities and not-for-profits that do this work are increasingly stretched and need more resources.
A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:
- Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country.
- Expanding low-cost alternatives to pay day loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.
- Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much needed top up to the emergency relief sector.
Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians.