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Looking for COVID-19 Support in SA? Here’s Where to Turn to

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This article is sponsored by Department of Human Services SA

Do you need help with food and other basic needs? Help is just one phone call away. 

If you are struggling financially or are needing to access food, it is important to remember that free, confidential support is easily available, even if you are an international student.

Do you need help while quarantined or in isolation?

If you are in mandatory quarantine or in self-imposed lockdown because you:

  • are infected with COVID-19
  • have returned from interstate or overseas, or
  • have come into contact with someone who is infected

and if you need:

  • personal hardship assistance
  • food relief, and/or
  • short-term accommodation advice

you can call a new, dedicated relief hotline. The COVID-19 Relief Call Centre is available to provide advice and support every day between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm. Phone 1300 705 336

Are you not in quarantine but still need support?

The South Australian Department of Human Services Emergency Financial Assistance Program is a free confidential service for people experiencing financial difficulties anywhere across the state.

Eligible individuals, including international students, can receive food parcels, supermarket vouchers, referral to Foodbank SA or assistance with other cost of living concerns.

If you need help, it is as simple as finding your region from the list below and calling the number for that region.

Region Organisation Telephone
Eastern Adelaide Baptist Care SA 8118 5200
Northern Adelaide Anglicare SA 1800 061 552
Southern Adelaide Anglicare SA 1800 748 149
Western Adelaide UnitingCare Wesley Bowden 8245 7139
Adelaide Hills The Hut Community Centre 8339 4400
Barossa, Light and Lower North Lutheran Community Care 8562 2688
Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Junction Australia 8392 3000
Eyre and Western CentaCare Catholic Country SA 1800 759 865
Far North CentaCare Catholic Country SA 1800 759 865
Limestone Coast ac.care 7725 3000
Murray and Mallee ac.care Murraylands –  8531 4901
Murray and Mallee ac.care Riverland – 8580 5301
Yorke and Mid North Uniting Country SA 1300 067 777​

Affordable SA Website

The Affordable SA website and app are also great sources of information, practical tips and tools to help support your household to manage affordability issues.

Easily connect with services to help with:

  • housing
  • utilities
  • transport
  • health
  • education
  • finances
  • food
  • domestic violence, and
  • justice.

The site is facilitated by The Salvation Army. Visit Affordable SA or download the app for iPhone or Android.

International Student Support Package 

The South Australian Government recently announced the creation of The International Student Support Package which is designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. For more information, please visit https://studyadelaide.com/issp.

For more information on student support in Adelaide and around Australia, make sure to visit Insider Guides’ Student Support Directory.