Need or want to give help? This is a list of essential support service and organisations working across multicultural, charitable and First Nations groups.
2 Nov 2021 - 12:01 PM  UPDATED 2 Nov 2021 - 12:28 PM

SBS documentary series 'Could You Survive on The Breadline' takes a look at the lives of Australians struggling to make ends meet. This is a list of essential support services, and organisations working on the frontline, for those who need help or would like to help. 




Larrakia Nation

Location: NT

Our focus is on developing the skills necessary for individuals and families to maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle of their choice. We do this through supporting people to access services that reduce factors that contribute to disadvantage.



Location: WA

Wooree Miya Women’s refuge is a 24/7 crisis service that provides safe, culturally secure, short termed accommodation for women & children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to family and domestic abuse.



Location: NSW

Mudgin-Gal is an Aboriginal organisation based in inner-city Sydney. As a service run by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women, it is unique. Mudgin-Gal means ‘women’s place’. 


Babana Mens Group

Location: NSW

The Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group supports Aboriginal men both from the inner city of Sydney and the greater metropolitan area.






Settlement Services International (SSI)

Location: NSW

SSI is a leading community-based not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services in refugee settlement, asylum seeker assistance, housing, multicultural foster care, disability support, employment services and youth support in NSW.


Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 

Location: Victoria

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre supports refugees and asylum seekers in Australia by providing food, housing, healthcare and legal support to people who would otherwise be at risk. They provide food and material aid, support services, healthcare, advocacy and legal aid, education and training, and employment pathways.


Australian Migrant Resource Centre 

Location: SA

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre specialises in humanitarian and migrant settlement, and community capacity building and development for young people, women, and migrants by empowering them through training and employment opportunities. Services include humanitarian and migrant settlement, status resolution support, aged care, NDIS, training and employment and community development.


Multicultural Services Centre Western Australia

Location: WA

Multicultural Services Centre WA provides services to meet the settlement, welfare, education and training, cultural, legal and related needs of culturally and linguistically diverse Western Australians. Their services include aged care, disability, emergency relief, family, employment, mental health, housing and settlement.


NFP Organisations / Charity / Foundation Partners


Salvation Army


The Salvation Army provides all social services without discrimination including Financial Assistance, Youth services, Housing and homelessness support services, Finding Employment and Training


Youth off the Streets

Location: NSW

Working with young people, their families and communities delivering wraparound safety support & provide pathways to a positive future, transforming young people in need.


Kids Under Cover

Building foundations to prevent youth homelessness, Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable and disadvantaged young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who are either experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Kids Under Cover


If you require immediate assistance or support, contact:



Telephone: 13 11 14


Telephone: 1300 22 4636


Could You Survive on the Breadline? premieres at 8.30pm, Wednesday 17 November on SBS and SBS On Demand. The three-part series will also be available to stream at SBS On Demand with subtitles in Arabic, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.  See the Program Page for more articles and insights. 

Julie Goodwin, Jenny Leong MP and Caleb Bond ask themselves, ‘Could You Survive on the Breadline?’
New three-part documentary series ‘Could You Survive on the Breadline?’ premieres at 8.30pm, Wednesday 17 November on SBS and SBS On Demand.