White Ribbon Day March

A number of Midlas staff will be participating in the Midland March That Matters to draw attention to the issue of violence against women. The theme is to  “stand up, speak out and shift the shame” about this serious and ongoing issue. The march is hosted by the North-East Metro White Ribbon Day Committee. When: […]

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State government action

WA Premier Mark McGowan has stated that the State Government will be drafting legislation to ban the online site Lottoland in an attempt to protect Lotterywest. The Independent Gambling Authority of South Australia made it an offence for Lottoland to sell its products to South Australian residents. WA will take a similar approach in a […]

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE – PAYDAY LOANS AND CONSUMER LEASES

What has happened The good news is that the draft legislation that will make payday loans and consumer leases safer and less exploitative has been released for comment. We expect that after the government responds to any feedback, the final legislation will be introduced to the Parliament some time in November 2017. What are the reforms? […]

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Midland Centrepoint Community Day

Come visit Midlas’ table on Thursday 16th November from 10am to 4pm to chat to our friendly staff, learn about our services and go into the draw to win a hamper worth $70 from Midlas! Centrepoint Community Day is an annual event held at Centrepoint shopping centre (307 Great Eastern Highway, Midland) with local community […]

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Supports for Mental Health

Did you know? Under the “Better Access to mental health care” program eligible patients can receive up to 10 individual/group sessions with mental health professionals. The program aims to improve outcomes for people with mental health issues by linking them with appropriate treatment. Medicare rebates are available for mental health supports such as: Psychiatrists Psychologist […]

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Important update from NDIS regarding self-management of therapy budget

The NDIS (Federal) have recently updated their explanation on what can and cannot be claimed through a Participant’s self-managed therapy budget. The NDIS will NOT cover the gap amount created when a person claims for services under Medicare and/or through their private health fund. According to the NDIS website, the health system has responsibility for […]

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PENDA

Midlas recently tested the new Penda app – a streamlined connection point for women created by Women’s Legal Service QLD with funding from Financial Literacy Australia. It seeks to quick, easy and safe access to information on: Safety Money Domestic and Family Violence Visa & Immigration Children Legal Matters Housing Wellness Pros: The app is […]

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“HELP! My employer went bankrupt!”

Dozens of Australian companies undergo insolvency proceedings every year. If you’re drawing a wage from them when it happens, you might suddenly find yourself not only without a job but without your backpay or entitlements! What can you do?  Good news: there are safety nets in place!  The Australian Government provides a financial assistance to […]

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Consumer Action call for support

The Consumer Action Law Centre is calling for help as they fight to highlight the often-predatory behaviours of various Debt Management companies who charge extreme fees for little to no aid – sometimes thousands up front for nothing more than ‘trying and failing’. These companies may offer services such as: “Repairing” credit reports Debt negotiation […]

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Kiwis & Centrelink

It can be shocking when you’ve been living and working in a country for years, hit a rough patch and only then find out that you’re not technically entitled to Newstart. Forget the rent – how are you supposed to buy food? Here’s a list of information and resources for those non-citizens, non-permanent residents and […]

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