Relief for Temporary Visa Holders

The Australian Red Cross is working with Federal and State governments to provide assistance to people in need during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One of the many government measures announced is funding to the Australian Red Cross for emergency relief funds to people on temporary visas who cannot afford basics such as food, medicine and accommodation. To be eligible for the emergency funds, you must:

  • Be in Australia and hold a valid temporary visa;
  • Be in urgent financial hardship;
  • Not be able to access Medicare, Centrelink or similar; and
  • Have no income, savings, or support from overseas

The funding has not yet been finalised but the Australian Red Cross can provide you with more details. Call them on 1800 733 276 or email them at

Photo: Australian Red Cross/Alex Hahn.