Criteria

Assessment for eligibility is handled by a social worker through the North Coast Cancer Institute.
If you would like to apply, the social worker will discuss your situation and assess if they think you will be eligible for assistance. They will help you fill out the application form, which asks for some brief information on your family situation, financial situation and the assistance required. You will need to provide documentation such as your centrelink card, bank statements, pay slips and any other supporting documentation. The social worker will then forward your application.

Some general rules apply...

  • Assistance is once-only.
  • Maximum benefit is $500
  • Payments are made to creditors, not patients or family members.
  • All other avenues of financial and non-financial assistance must be explored beforehand.
  • When a situation is medically urgent, food vouchers, fuel vouchers and/or taxi vouchers may be provided by express post on a ‘next day’ basis.
  • The committee have the discretion to consider applications that may be outside the general rules.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must:

  • Have been diagnosed with cancer or be an immediate family member of a person diagnosed with cancer within the past 12 months and registered to the North Coast Cancer Institute. Immediate family members of people who have died from cancer may apply up to 6 months after the date of death.
  • Provide documentary proof of financial disadvantage and/or low income status.
  • Provide the original or a copy of the unpaid fee or bill.

Nominees of the North Coast Cancer Institute referring applicants to the program must:

  • Assess all available government assistance before funding will be considered.
  • Assess the level of need to ensure assistance is directed to those experiencing the most difficulty.
  • Recommend the volume of funds required to provide relief (Up to a maximum of $500).
  • Thoroughly investigate any other options for financial assistance.
  • Investigate opportunities to waive or reduce accounts/fees.

Eligible items:

  • Household bills including telephone, insurance, gas, electricity and water.
  • Car registration.
  • Transport costs from a community transport provider.
  • Rent/mortgage providers.
  • Council Rates.
  • Car/other repairs.
  • Fuel.
  • Medical equipment in special circumstances.
  • Medical treatment or pharmaceutical expenses in some circumstances.
  • White goods in special circumstances.
  • Funerals.
  • Other items as approved by the Committee.

Emergency assistance is available for:

  • Food (Supermarket food vouchers delivered via Express Post)
  • Transport to treatment where no other option is available (Taxi or fuel vouchers delivered via Express Post)

Exclusions:

  • Bond
  • Credit card bills
  • Flights
  • Household modifications
  • Medical expenses (in certain circumstances)
  • School fees
  • Pay TV
  • Bills for other non-essential services.