Issue 04.17 10 February 2017

Invitation: ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 24 February 2017 (City)

TOPIC: Financial literacy for vulnerable populations | GUEST SPEAKERS: Prof. Roslyn Russell, RMIT University & Dr. Wayne Warburton, Macquarie University

MarionLIFE e-news - February 2017  south

Uniting Communities: Low Income Support Program e-News - February 2017  east

UCWPA: Talking Cents - Financial Literacy Workshop Calendar 2017  west

UCWPA: Talking Cents Back to Basics: income, expenses and budget - 28 February 2017  west

ARAS Abuse Prevention ‘Train the Trainer’ and ‘Responder’ Sessions - March 2017 (City)

Please register online here. Please note that if you register online, immediate payment is required. There is also a booking fee. Your booking will be confirmed by email.

Westside Place Makers Grants - applications closing 17 March 2017

For more information, and to find out how to apply, call Krista on 8408 1854, or go to Council’s website here. Come along to a community briefing and hear from past Westside Place Makers grant recipients; 22 February, 6.30pm at the Lady Daly Hotel, Hindmarsh. Go here to RSVP.

Productivity Commission needs to take affordability seriously in current telecommunications Inquiry

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) asserts that the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on the Universal Service Obligation underestimates the challenges faced by many Australian households in paying for telecommunications.

Telstra outage stings small businesses for 'thousands' 

Some small businesses reported prolonged issues following the Telstra outage last week. If your small business was affected, you may be entitled to compensation from Telstra. [Canberra Times]

Code Red Alert - 8 to 11 February 2017

An extreme heat watch has been called for 8-11 February 2017 and is now active until 9am Sunday the 12th February 2017.  To find out which centres will be open during this time, please click above.

Residential Tenancies database removal of outdated data

Consumer and Business Services have released a statement relating to the removal of outdated tenancy information from a national residential tenancies database operated by the company TICA Default Tenancy Control Pty Ltd.  To read the Statement, please click here:  Statement -  tenant database operator removes outdated records  If you have any queries, please contact the Consumer and Business Services Education Team on 8204 9516 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Helping households manage their energy costs

The SA Government’s Energy Partners Program works with organisations across the State to help households manage their energy use and costs and to improve energy efficiency.  The website contains many useful energy management resources, toolkits, publications and energy saving brochures and fact sheets.  For more information, advice and to access these resources, please click here:  Energy Partners Program.  The Energy Advisory Service also offers free independent information about saving energy in the home.

Issue 03.17 3 February 2017

Renewal SA Works Program at Tonsley presents Southern UCWB Support Worker Pre-Employment Program -  20 February 2017  south

The Renewal SA Works Program at Tonsley in partnership with  Uniting Care Wesley Bowden (UCWB), TAFE SA and WorkReady is  bringing their  successful Support Worker Pre-Employment Program to Southern Adelaide recruiting people living in the southern suburbs for employment opportunities with this well-known community organisation.

Contact Heather Franchini at UCWB on 8245 7123 or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss your suitability for the Program and to register for the Screening Session on 6 February 2017. An Information and Selection session will be held on Monday, 13 February 2017 at 10.00 am for 2 hours at the Tonsley Tafe SA Campus , Room 1.G.1, 1284 South Rd Clovelly Park.

Legal Aid and How to Get It: A free webcast - 28 February 2017

A free information webcast streamed across South Australia for caseworkers and the public to find out:

What is legal aid and how do people get it?
Who can help if legal aid is not available?

Learn how to identify legal problems and which agencies provide legal assistance. Learn how to make appropriate referrals for legal assistance.

ASCIS Money Smart Tips - February 2017

Eight Lunar New Year money tips, a toolkit for investors, small business app, cost of owning a pet and more.

Good Shepherd Microfinance - New Microenterprise Support Program  north

Zahra Foundation: Domestic Violence and Separation - A Financial Empowerment Checklist for Women

Housing SA – PR Connect

Housing SA has developed an online application form, PR Connect, for customers seeking financial assistance into the private rental market.  PR Connect will enable customers to apply for bond guarantees and rent in advance via, on any device, any time of the day.  Customers will receive a provisional response on-screen, followed by a confirmation outcome when verified by Housing SA via email, SMS, or letter, whichever they prefer.  This initiative will streamline the process for customers, and allow Housing SA and its partnering agencies to focus more attention on providing advice and support to those who need it.  For more information, visit the website. and click the Housing icon.

Probono Australia article - Indigenous homeless hit hardest with funding uncertainty

In a recent edition of Probono Australia (January 24), it was reported that ongoing funding uncertainty is restricting homelessness support for Indigenous Australians, according to a new report.  The article also went on to say that ”research from AHURI has found there are no government programs that specifically target supporting homeless Indigenous Australians or those at risk of experiencing homelessness, despite their being significantly overrepresented in the homeless population”.

Issue 24.16 1 July 2016

New SA Dental Co-payment Fee Structure  for Adult Services- 1 July 2016  

Uniting Communities' Utilities Literacy Calendar of Events: Next event - 13 July 2016 south

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ACCAN: Compensation for outages due to extreme weather conditions

Telstra is reporting a number of Mass Service Disruption Exemptions. If your phone and internet services are out for a prolonged period of time you may be entitled to compensation. Follow the headline link to find out more about seeking compensation for outages. [ACCAN]

ASIC'S MoneySmart Cars App

ASIC's new MoneySmart Cars app helps consumers save money by identifying the real cost of buying a car. It also helps people avoid common car buying traps, identify hidden costs and find alternate ways to finance a car.  It supports and complements work ASIC has been doing around the sale of add-on insurance products with car purchases.

Australian Financial Attitudes and Behaviour Tracker

Covering the period from September 2015 to February 2016, the latest wave of the Australian Financial Attitudes and Behaviour Tracker research is now available on the National Financial Literacy Strategy website. The Tracker provides a targeted snapshot of what consumers and investors are doing to manage their money, in relation to a number of specific financial attitudes and behaviours.

Ruf Us Charitable Trust

Ruf Us Charitable Trust is a charity run entirely by volunteers to assist the homeless and to prevent homelessness in Adelaide. Ruf Us collects donations of furniture etc.

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