Help with the Cost of Living

Cost of living is hitting people in our community hard.

I want you to know that you are not alone.


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Bills and Food

Local charities can offer support:


Foothills Community Care Inc

(03) 8711 8677

[email protected] 


Hope on Friday

(03) 9754 6809


Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service (DRERS)

0468 468 430

[email protected]


The Philanthropic Collective


The Food Store @ St Luke’s (operated by ECHO Youth & Family Services)

[email protected]


Monbulk Care Network

(03) 9756 7800

[email protected]


Food is Free Tecoma

0416 149 776

[email protected]


Knox Infolink

(03) 9761 1325


Oonah Aboriginal Health and Community Services

[email protected]

(03) 5962 2940


St Vincent De Paul

1800 305 682


Salvation Army

(03) 9437 4997



Financial Counselling


Mortgage Stress Victoria

1800 572 292


ECHO Youth & Family Services No Interest Loans (NILs)

[email protected]

0427 895 596


Knox Infolink NILs

(03) 9761 1325



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Keeping costs low for bills


Victorian Default Offer:

The Victorian Default Offer is a simple and trusted electricity price that is set by the independent Energy Services Commission, not energy companies.

The Victorian Default Offer guarantees the lowest price available on electricity.


Cheaper bills for those who need it most:

The State Government is offering discounted gas and electricity bills for concession card holders.


Assistance with water bills:

The Victorian Government also offers up to 50% off their annual water and sewerage bill to eligible pensioners and health care card holders.


Putting power in your hands:

The State Electricity Commision (SEC) is officially back.


Helping you save on solar:

Rebates and interest free loans are available for installing solar panels.


Rebates for installing solar batteries:


Discounts & other support


An easy way to find savings for you:

Service Victoria Savings Finder - search more than 60 discounts, rebates, and savings to find the most relevant for you.


Discounts on rego, licenses, and transport for veterans:


Families & Education

$400 School Saving Bonus

Open to parents and carers of every child enrolled in a government school in 2025. For non-government schools, families eligible for the means-tested Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, including healthcare and concession card holders, will also be eligible for the additional $400 support.


Free Kinder

Free three and four-year-old kinder, saving families up to $2,500 per child each year. 


Discounts for school uniforms, shoes, and books


Get Active Kids Voucher

Up to $200 towards the cost of kids’ sports needs.


Smile Squad

Free dental care at government primary schools


Free Glasses for Kids

Free vision screening and glasses for kids in primary school.


School Breakfast Club

Free breakfasts and lunches at selected schools.


Free pads and tampons

Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Victoria 


Free Zoos and Museum entry

Free visits for kids on weekends and during school holidays

Melbourne, Healesville, and Werribee Zoo


National Gallery of Victoria


Melbourne Museum


Camps and excursions fund

Help with the cost of school camps and excursions.



Free Rego for Victorian apprentices


Pay your Rego in smaller instalments

Elect to pay your registration in 3, 6 or 12 month instalments.


Regional fares have been capped to the daily metropolitan rate:


Cheaper licence and online testing fees:




Helping more people get into their first home

The Victorian Homebuyer Fund supports people to enter home ownership. If you have a 5% deposit, we’ll chip in up to 25% of the purchase price for a share in the property - which you buy back over time, interest-free.


Keeping costs down for rate payers:

Council Rates have been capped at 2.75 per cent for 2024-25.


More security for renters

Rent increases have been limited to no more than once every 12 months.


Further education and training


Free degrees in Nursing:


Free degrees in Teaching:



Free TAFE for more than 70 courses in growth industries.



Priority Primary Care Centres (PPCCs)

PPCCs provide free care for people with conditions that require urgent attention but not an emergency response.


The Community Pharmacy Pilot

This program lets pharmacies provide services like scripts for the pill without needing to see a GP.


Free Pads and Tampons in Public Buildings 

Committed to providing free pads and tampons in vending machines located in public places across the state. 


This information has been collated by the office of Daniela De Martino.

Contact the office on (03) 9754 5401 if you have any questions.