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 than 6 months
  • just released from a custody period of 31 days or more
  • an Afghan interpreter
  • an Afghan evacuee who holds or has applied for permanent residency.

How to apply

You need to call us on 0800 559 009

We'll talk with you to understand your situation and how we can help. We'll let you know what information you need to provide and how to get this to us.


This information is a guide only.

Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.