HARDSHIP AND VULNERABILITY

We are aware that changes to an individual’s circumstances can happen at a moment’s notice and we seek to handle these changes sensitively.
Any customer is potentially vulnerable when their specific circumstances place them in a position where additional support might be needed to ensure they get the best possible outcome.

There are many forms of vulnerability and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to supporting vulnerable customers. Whilst some vulnerabilities are permanent, others can be fluid, temporary or occur at changing intervals, or lead to other or enhanced levels of vulnerability.

Where available and practicable, we will take reasonable steps to provide you with access to a means of communicating effectively with us. This assistance may be provided using available interpreter services if you ask us to, or if we need an interpreter to communicate effectively with you.

The Australian Government’s Translating and Interpreting Service provides:

  • Immediate phone interpreting; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Pre-booked phone interpreting
  • On-site interpreting
  • automated Telephone Interpreting Service (ATIS)

Our staff are trained to understand if a customer is vulnerable, determine how best to support the customer, take their specific needs into account, and engage with the customer with respect, sensitivity and dignity. We may make special arrangements for vulnerable customers, if required.

Other support

National Debt Helpline
1800 007 007  www.ndh.org.au
Financial counselling & information for people experiencing financial difficulty
Beyond Blue
1300 224 636  www.beyondblue.org.au
Support for people experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues
MensLine
1300 78 99 78  www.mensline.org.au
Support and information service for men with family and relationship concerns
Lifeline
13 11 14  www.lifeline.org.au
Crisis support with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services
1800 Respect
1800 737 732  www.1800respect.org.au
National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service
QLife
1800 184 527  www.qlife.org.au
Provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral
Counselling Online
1800 422 599  www.counsellingonline.org.au
Supports people in Australia affected by alcohol and other drugs, for free 24/7
Gambling Help Online
1800 858 858  www.gamblinghelponline.org.au
Provides free support for anyone affected by gambling in Australia

 

Contact us in writing at Suite 503, 25 Lime Street  Sydney NSW 2000
Contact us by phone (02) 8297 3600
Contact us by fax (02) 8297 3650
Contact us by email