Emergency money help

Where to get help if you're struggling financially

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Here at Finder our purpose is to help you make better financial decisions and we know that sometimes money can be the cause of serious stress. If you're struggling to pay your bills, keep up with your rent or you can't afford the food you need to eat then this page is here to help. Below are a list of support services available in Australia that could help you today.

Are you in danger?

If you or someone you are with is in immediate danger, then call 000 immediately.

Urgent help:

If you need help immediately then the services below can provide you with urgent support in Australia

  • If you want to speak to someone on the phone about your money problems… Call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007
  • If you want to speak to someone online about any urgent problem… Use the Lifeline Live Chat service (7pm - midnight daily)
  • If you want a digital tool to find the support services near you… Visit the Ask Izzy website and choose the relevant category

Specific support services:

IssueContact details
Debt and financial stressVisit National Debt Helpline or call 1800 007 007 (Weekdays, 9.30am - 4.30pm AEST)
Crisis supportVisit Lifeline or call 13 11 14 (24 hours)
Depression or anxietyVisit Beyondblue or call 1300 22 46 36 (24 hours)
Domestic violence and abuseVisit 1800respect or call 1800 737 732 (24 hours)
Legal adviceVisit the NACLC to find your nearest Community Legal Centre
Drug and alcohol addictionVisit Counselling Online or call 1800 250 015 (24 hours)
Gambling problemsVisit Gambling Help Online or call 1800 858 858 (24 hours)
Children and young peopleVisit Kids Helpline or call 1800 55 1800 (24 hours)
Eating disordersVisit the Butterfly Foundation or call 1800 33 4673 (8am – midnight AEST)
Health problemsFor non-urgent medical advice, visit Healthdirect or call 1800 022 222 (24 hours)

How else can you get financial help?

If you're looking for more ways to get financial support, read our guide on where to get financial support in Australia for tips on everything from emergency funds to dealing with debt collectors.

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