Financial support and advice

Australian Taxation Office

Manages and shapes tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians as the Australian Government's principal revenue collection agency. Go to the Australian Tax Office website.

At: 91 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
Tel: 13 28 65 (personal tax self help)
Tel: 13 72 26 (business tax self help)


Emergency assistance, financial counselling and bargain shop for those on a low income living in the western suburbs. Go to Careworks SA website

At: 114 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville
Tel: +61 8 8234 5802


Provides income support payments and referrals to the job network and other government funded participation programs, as well as referrals to agencies for personal and practical support. For anyone who meets their eligibility criteria.

Open Monday to Friday (except public holidays) 8.30am to 5pm. Go to Centrelink website

Tel: 13 10 21 Appointments
Tel: 13 27 17 Disability, sickness and carers
Tel: 13 28 50 Employment services
Tel: 13 61 50 Families
Tel: 13 16 73 International services
Tel: 13 23 00 Retirement
Tel: 13 24 90 Youth and students
Tel: 13 12 02 Multicultural services
Tel: 1800 810 586 TTY service

Community Food SA

Provides low cost groceries for people on low incomes. Customers should bring a health care card, pension card or other proof of low income. Go to Community Food SA website

At: 30 Cromwell Road, Kilburn (Bus Stop 23 on Churchill Road; Bus 235 or 237 leaves from Victoria Square)
Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 3.30pm
Tel: +61 8 8262 7345

Consumer and Business Services (SA)

Provides services and information to the general public on:

  • Consumer Affairs (includes Product Safety) Business and Occupational Services (includes Business Names, Associations and Co-operatives, Licensing) Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Tenancies (includes Residential, Retail, Bonds and support to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal)

Go to the Consumer and Business Services website
Tel: 131 882

Consumer education, financial counselling and emergency relief 

Specialist services for new and emerging communities. Delivered by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (SA)

At: 59 King William Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8217 9505

Emergency relief

Emergency relief, food, clothing, furniture and household items, advocacy and support for newly arrived refugees and migrants. Delivered by St Vincent de Paul, statewide at Vinnies Centres.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tel: 1300 729 202

Financial and material assistance for people in immediate need. For those on low incomes in specific regions of SA. Run by Lutheran Community Care

Tel: +61 8 8269 9300

Family Reunification Support

Assistance is given to apply for an Australian Lutheran World Service interest free loan for airfares. For those on low incomes who meet the criteria, as assessed by the LCC financial counsellor. Run by Lutheran Community Care

Tel: +61 8 8269 9300

Financial counselling and support

  • Assistance in planning a budget, consumer rights, negotiation with creditors, concession eligibility, debt recovery and bankruptcy. For those on low incomes. Run by Lutheran Community Care. Tel: +61 8 8269 9300. Email:
  • Financial counselling, emergency relief (Beulah park only), money management programs, referrals and advocacy. For those on a low income. Run by UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide. Email:
    • Adelaide: 10 Pitt Street, Tel: +61 8 8202 511
    • Beulah Park: Corner of Portrush Road and The Parade, Tel: +61 8 8331 3529
    • Rostrevor: 168 Montacute Rd, Tel: + 61 8 8331 3529
    • Smithfield: 2/2b Morialta Drive, Tel: + 61 8 8202 5980
    • Christies Beach: Level 1, 111 Beach Road, Tel: + 61 8 8202 5010
    • Warradale: Corner Diagonal and Oaklands Roads, Tel: + 61 8 8202 5010
  • Financial counselling, low cost living groups, emergency assistance and microfinance for people on low income. Run by UnitingCare Wesley Bowden
    • Bowden: 77 Gibson Street
      Tel: +61 8 8245 7100, Email:
    • Elizabeth Civic Centre Library: 10 Playford Boulevard
      Tel: +61 8 8245 7100, Email:
    • Smithfield: Munno Para Library, Munno Para Shopping City
      Tel: +61 8 8245 7100, Email:
    • Para Hills Library: Wilkinson Road
      Tel: +61 8 8245 7100, Email:
    • Hilton: Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace
      Tel: +61 8 8416 6228, Email:

Financial literacy for new arrivals

Advice and support on financial matters for humanitarian entrants living in the Peachey Belt region. Run by Lutheran Community Care

At: Davoren Park
Tel: +61 8 8269 9300

HomeStart Finance

Helps South Australians into home ownership via cheap homeloans and innovative home finance products. For those who meet eligibility criteria. Go to the Homestart website

At: 153 Flinders Street, Adelaide
At: 2/17 Forsyth Avenue, Whyalla
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Tel: 1300 636 878

Learning for life educational scholarships

Provided by The Smith Family, for students from low income families attending public school.

At: Ground Floor, 97 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8224 1400

Magdalene Centre

Provides a range of services including information and referral, emergency assistance, financial counselling, pro bono financial advisory clinic, no interest loan scheme, and bargain centre. Go to the Magdalene Centre website. For those on low incomes. 

At: 26 Moore Street and 42-46 Carrington Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8305 9382 (Administration)
Tel: +61 8 8305 9389 (Assistance Centre)
Tel: +61 8 8305 9384 (Community, Refugee and Enterprise Programs)
Tel: +61 8 8305 9385 (Bargain Centre)


Manages health payments for all South Australians. Go to the Medicare website

Tel: 132 011
Tel: Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) 131 450 (call charges apply)

Money Smart

Financial guidance available in 26 languages, including information on: managing your money, borrowing and credit, insurance, investing, scams, financial counselling, and much more. Money Smart website

North East financial counselling

Accredited financial counsellors provide free and confidential personal financial counselling and community education programs are available to groups. For residents of Eastern and North-Eastern Adelaide and Salisbury. North East financial counselling

At: Pathway Community Centre, 1/249 Milne Road, Modbury North
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Tel: +61 8 8281 6911 (Financial Counsellor)
Phone-in service available Tuesdays 2-4pm Tel: +61 8 8395 8898

Personal Counselling

Financial counselling run by Relationships Australia (SA)

At: 161 Frome Street, Adelaide, and available at Adelaide, Berri, Hindmarsh, Marion, Ridgehaven, Salisbury
Tel: +61 8 8223 4566 / 1300 364 277 / 1800 182 325

Personal Education And Community Empowerment Service (PEACE)

Supports and assists individuals, families and communities to lead balanced and healthy lives. Particularly focused on helping people with issues relating to problem gambling, HIV and Hepatitis. For people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Run by Relationships Australia (SA)

At: 49a Orsmond Street, Hindmarsh
Tel: +61 8 8245 8100 / 1800 182 325 / 1300 364 277

Relief and counselling

Emergency relief, financial counselling and general counselling for local residents, by appointment. Delivered by the Salvation Army Support Services

At: 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide 
Tel: +61 8 8223 7776

At:  Arndale: 1-7 Gray Street, Kilkenny
Tel: +61 8 8445 2044

At: Corner Bridge and Maxwell Roads, Ingle Farm
Tel: +61 8 8397 9333

At: 55 George Street, Norwood
Tel: +61 8 8332 0283/ +61 8 8364 5383

Return to Work SA

Provides protection to workers and employers in the event of workplace injury. For private sector workers in SA. Return to Work SA

At: 100 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Tel: 131 855

Saver Plus

A 10-month financial literacy and matched savings program that assists families to gain financial skills, establish a savings goal and develop long term savings habits.

For those on low incomes who are 18 years or over, have a health care or pension card and earnings from paid employment,  are living in areas where Saver Plus is operating and have children enrolled in a school OR be attending or returning to vocational education yourself. Run by The Smith Family

At: 97 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Shop 2 – AMP, Flinders Arcade, 72 Ellen Street, Port Pirie
Tel: +61 8 8632 5870 / 0417 060 250

Tax help

For those living in Kilburn, Blair Athol and surrounding areas. Run by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield

At: Kilburn Community Centre, 59 Gladstone Avenue, Kilburn
Tel: +61 8 8349 8363


Provides housing support, day centre facilities, emergency relief, general support and counselling for the homeless.
Run by Baptist Care SA

At: 216 Wright Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8231 2850

Women's Information Service

Provides an information and referral service for all women in South Australia, including tax help.  All services are free and confidential. Women's Information Service

At: Ground Floor, Chesser House, 91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8303 0590 or 1800 188 158