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Affordable SA is for South Australians struggling with affordability issues. It makes it easy to access information, resources, support, and services to best meet your needs. Affordable SA is accessible through our web page, app and helpline. Our services are free, confidential and provided with dignity.
A Network of support service providers in South Australia that can help people with issues as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Providing support and services in a COVID-19 safe-contact environment and beyond.
SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line - Available 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, seven days a week. Health counsellors, who can provide counselling over the phone or via video calls or online chat, arrange referrals to a range of services, call you back if you leave a message and provide follow up calls to check in on you or someone else (with the person’s consent).
COVID-19 Mental Health Peer Support Line - Available 5.00 pm to 11.30 pm, seven days a week. This service is available for all South Australians and is delivered by peers who have a mental health lived experience. They are available to provide a listening ear, COVID-19 related information, as well as connect you with other appropriate services as needed. Video call options available.
ASKPEACE for CALD Community - Available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Health support to people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in South Australia who have been impacted by COVID-19. Phone appointments can be booked outside of business hours to best suit your needs.
Thirrili - Available 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Guidance and support for South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access mental health and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carers SA - Available 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Unpaid carers of family and friends with a disability, health condition, mental illness, or who are frail aged may access services through Carers SA. Services include carer support planning, counselling, peer support and coaching, planned and emergency respite care, and other practical supports. Services are free and confidential.
Resource options and support for Carers (ROSC) - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Supports carers (14 year and up) who are caring for an adult with a mental illness. Carer Coordinators work closely with carers to discuss their specific needs and requirements and to develop an individual carer support plan.
Affordable SA - Available 9.30 am to 8.00 pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Friday (except public holidays). Provides information and access to financial counselling, mental health support and material assistance. Financial counsellors can provide comprehensive financial counselling without the need for face to face meetings. In addition, a team of caseworkers are available to provide mental health support over the phone or via webinar.
Mental Health Emergency Triage Service - available 24 hours, seven days a week. Assistance in a mental health emergency.
HomeStart is a State Government organisation that is focused on providing affordable home loans for South Australians.
Homestart has a number of different loans that can reduce your upfront costs and boost your borrowing power.
For further information about their loans and your eligibility contact Homestart or go to their website.
Their website also has a range of easy to use tools and calculators about how much you can borrow and what your repayments may be.
Community housing providers have housing for people who have experienced homelessness, the aged, people with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence and people on a low income.
Community housing is funded by the state government and administered, maintained and managed by not-for-profit, community-based organisations.
For more information visit the website for a listing of community housing providers and their contact details.
You may also wish to look at registering for public and community housing and information on how to do so is at the website listed here.
Supported Accommodation and Recovery Services (SAARS) works with people experiencing homelessness due to a range of issues such as substance misuse and mental health problems.
SAARS provides a range of services around early intervention, accommodation, practical support, outreach support, counselling services and referral.
If you are interested in enquiring about this service (no booking required) please attend the service at 62 Whitmore Square, Adelaide, Monday to Friday between 11 am and 1 pm
Assists South Australians on a fixed or low income who have a clinically verified medical condition which requires the frequent use of heating or cooling in the home to prevent the severe worsening of their condition. This concession covers both electricity and gas payments (including LPG bottled gas) for up to $226.67 per year and is in addition to the current energy concession.
A FREE bike hire scheme available to everyone. Bikes are available from locations in Adelaide CBD, Port Adelaide, Henley Beach and West Lakes (see map).
Bikes can only be used during daylight hours, overnight and multi-day hire options available at a small charge payable to Bike SA.
To hire you need to supply Bike SA with either a valid driver’s licence, a passport or Australian proof of age card. Your ID will be held as a deposit for the duration of the hire and will be given back to you when you return to the original hire location. Helmets and Bike Locks will be supplied free of charge if required.
Visitors are able to buy 3 day pass with unlimited travel on all Adelaide Metro services; buses, trains and trams. After 3 days card can be recharged with regular metroCARD fare credit.
Where to buy? Adelaide Metro InfoCentre - Adelaide Railway Station, North Terrace, Adelaide. Ph: 1300 311 108 Adelaide Metro InfoCentre - Corner of King William Street and Currie Street, Adelaide. Ph: 1300 311 108 WHSmith Express Adelaide Airport Ground floor arrivals area.
The metroCARD Commuter Club allows organisations an opportunity to provide cheaper public transport to staff by recharging metroCARDs at a discounted rate.
Organisations will ideally have a minimum of 50 employees and located in the CBD or in close proximity to areas serviced by Adelaide Metro.
This initiative is not open to individuals.
These passes provide unlimited travel on all Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams for 28 consecutive days for all Adelaide Metro customers.
The passes provide cheaper fares compared to standard metroCARD fares, with additional concessions for pensioners, students, and children.
You can add a 28-Day Pass to your existing metroCARD by visiting any metroCARD agent, recharge machine or Adelaide Metro InfoCentre. Please note they are not currently available for recharge online.
A 14-Day pass is also available allowing greater flexibility for Adelaide Metro customers.
Please follow the link below for more information.