Poverty Line

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research identities the “poverty line” in this country each quarter. The “poverty lines” are based on a benchmark income required to support a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Update on Australians living below poverty lines A key internationally accepted tool to measure disadvantage in rich countries is by calculating the …

Two Million Australians Live in Poverty

Two million Australians live in poverty and are struggling to access necessities such as a ordable housing and food. We know that poverty, relative deprivation and social exclusion all have a major impact on health and premature death, and we also know that the chances of living in poverty are loaded heavily against some social groups. Being excluded from the …

When People are Forced to Skip Meals

When people are forced to skip meals, ignore medical needs, and send their children to school without breakfast, it not only costs them and their families, it costs the community and the econo- my. These things are already happening in Victorian households and the economic climate means we can expect to see this happening more often. Emergency relief agencies, such …

All Families Matter

Thousands of families in crisis visit our organisation each year. Their situation can be homelessness, redundancy, financial stress, education expenses, or poverty. Our social work staff spend, time with each of these families, and we endeavour to formulate a plan of assistance. Our help can mean that a family moves in to our emergency accommodation for a short period of …

Welcome Financial Counsellor

We are pleased to welcome Financial Counsellor Margarete to our team, and she will be available to work with families regarding their financial concerns. Financial Counsellors can assist people experiencing financial dificulty by identifying, presenting and clarifying options for money problems and by providing information and advice about: credit and debit related matters the pros and cons of bankruptcy working …

Who Called it “Free Education?”

Comments from families who ask our help “not being able to afford books and school clothes results in many children being picked on at school, as well as not having all their books, makes it very hard for them to study, “the high cost of books is limiting the ability of many children to achieve a high level of academic …

“HAKUNA MATAHA”

In the beautiful production “The Lion King” characters Timon and Pumbaa sing to us “Hakuna Ma- taha” This is similar to the English phrase “no problems”. We believe that we there are “no problems” at Make A Difference, as we operate with staff and volunteers, to assist hundreds of vulnerable and marginalised Australians. Continued uncertainty over the Federals Government’s funding …