Useful links

Useful links

 

Housing services

 Housing & Community Services ACT is responsible for the provision of social housing and community services in the Territory.

The organisation allocates, manages and maintains public and community housing properties and coordinates comprehensive support services and community participation programs for its tenants.  It provides support for people who are disadvantaged or experiencing a crisis through a variety of programs, including services targeted at preventing homelessness and assisting people to transit through homelessness into stable housing.

The Affordable Rental Office operates a banded rent system that charges a percentage of market rent. This means tenants pay an affordable rate that reflects their capacity to pay. 

The Affordable Rental Office offers energy efficient, two-bedroom, self-contained properties that are set in landscape surrounds. The properties incorporate easy access features and secure integrated parking, and are close to amenities such as public transport, clubs and shops.

Eligible applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a property becomes available.

The Tenants’ Advice Service provides free, confidential legal advice to tenants and renters about renting issues in Canberra.

OneLink provides information and connections for support services in the ACT, including services for families and young people, and services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Information about products and services to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life.

 

Health services

ACT Health provide various dental treatments for ACT residents over the age of 18, including general restorative, denture and emergency dental services. They also provide a range of denture services, including denture repairs, denture relines and adjustments. Adult dental services are only available to the primary holder of a current ACT Centrelink issued Pension Concession or Healthcare card. 
The ACT Spectacles Subsidy Scheme provides eligible ACT residents with a subsidy of up to $200 once every two years.
 

Eligible people for the scheme must be residents of the ACT and hold a Pensioner Concession Card from either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs, or Healthcare Card which the holder has been entitled to for three months or more. Please note: the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card is not an eligible card under the scheme.

Canberra Health Services has 6 community health centres across the ACT that provide a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.

 

Transport

 Transport Canberra is the ACT Government department responsible for Canberra's public transport system. 
 Transport Canberra operate a flexible bus service operates in particular zones to help Canberra residents, such as the aged or people with a mobility difficulty, to get from their home to local community locations. The fleet of mini buses are wheelchair accessible.
 The ACT Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) provides financial assistance to ACT residents with a disability or significant mobility restriction preventing them from using public and community transport. 
 Holders of ACT Seniors Cards are entitled to 10% discount on registration.
Eligible people may be entitled to a concession.
 

Legal

The Public Trustee and Guardian provides permanent and secure Trustee, Guardianship and Administration services to the ACT community.

Justices of the Peace in the ACT serve the community primarily by:

    • administering oaths or affidavits, witnessing statutory declarations and taking affirmations;
    • witnessing signatures; and,
    • attesting and certifying documents.
Legal Aid ACT helps people in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. 
Includes a listing of ACT lawyers/law firms and information/FAQs
 
 

Federal Government Information

A free service run by the Department of Human Services to inform and educate about financial matters. They run free financial seminars on a range of issues. 

 

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Services

  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • ACT Seniors Card Discount Directory
  • The Seniors Information Service
  • Housing Options Advisory Service
  • Information on services for older people and their carers
  • Community education, information sessions and events
  • Community centre hire

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