If you or any of the people in your communities are affected by the bushfires, there are disaster recovery payments available.
For those living on the lowest of incomes, Christmas is not always an easy time. It can be a time of exclusion and isolation. People are unable to afford gifts and partake in festive activities; unable to visit family and friends.
The Federal Government is immediately halting a key part of the controversial robodebt scheme, and will freeze some existing debts in what appears to be a major backdown in the operation of the scheme.