Emergency Relief

What is Emergency Relief?

Emergency Relief can support you with an immediate financial crisis. Some difficulties you might be having include:

  • Inability to pay overdue utility bills
  • Unexpected expenses associated with family needs such as medication
  • You have no or little food

You will be supported to prepare and manage a household budget, and where you need it, we can refer you to other appropriate support services.

Who is Emergency Relief for?

This service is available to people who are Health Care card holders / Centrelink recipients only.

How Can I get Involved?

Due to the high demand for this support, you will need to make an appointment.

Appointments are available at the following locations:

For an appointment at our Inner City Service Centre in East Perth, call 08 9220 1255 each Tuesday at 11.00am for an appointment on Wednesday or Thursday.

For an appointment at our Merriwa Service Centre, call 08 9220 1255 each Wednesday at 10.00am for an appointment on Thursday or Friday.


How do I get in touch?

Inner City Service Hub in East Perth

Call (08) 9220 1255

Address Unit 5 / 5 Aberdeen Street, East Perth WA 6004 

Outer North Service Hub

Call 08 9206 6200

Address 56 Baltimore Parade, Merriwa WA 6030

Additional Information

UnitingCare West is a member of the Financial Counselling Network, which coordinates a network of financial counsellors across the Perth Metropolitan area.  Visit http://financialcounsellingnetwork.org.au/ for more information, or to find a counsellor in other geographic areas.

Additionally, these free online tool may be able to offer some immediate advice and information.  Please note these tools are not operated by UnitingCare West.


Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, investing or paying off debt, ASIC’s MoneySmart website has tips and tools to help you manage your money.


If you're looking to create a budget, reduce your debt or save more regularly, MoneyMinded might be able to help you get there.