Re-establishment grant (Special Needs Grant)
The Special Needs Grant (re-establishment grant) is a payment to help people in specific circumstances re-establish themselves in the community.
Who can get it?
This depends on your individual circumstances. Re-establishment grants are considered on a case by case basis.
You must meet the qualifications for a Special Needs Grant. You must also be re-establishing yourself in the community and be:
- a refugee who isn't entitled to other forms of government assistance for refugees
- a sole parent who is the victim of family violence and is being assisted by a social service agency, for example Women's Refuge, to relocate after the initial separation and has no other resources
- a patient in hospital or residential home for more then 6 months
- just released from a custody period of 31 days or more.
How to apply
Use MyMSD to book an appointment to come in and see us. It will tell you what you need to bring.
If you have an urgent cost to pay within 24 hours, call us on 0800 559 009. We'll book you an appointment to come in and see us as soon as possible and tell you what you need to bring.
This information is a guide only.
Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.