My 15 year old son is now taller than my own 5,8 in height and grown right out of ‘kids clothes’ - the supplement this fortnight has allowed me to buy him a pair of jeans and sneakers from the men’s department in Target. They fit perfectly, for the first time in ages he says he can move freely in his jeans. He looks totally slick in them too 🙂
They were on sale, $45 for the jeans and $39 for the shoes. No way could I have afforded them before, he was stuck in the ill fitting $12 kind. We are both so stoked to be able to pay for these for school ❤️
Greta and Tommy
So, the extra money gets my boy to regular hydrotherapy. He is a little champ battling some big stuff. The pool is his happy place, as he gets to do things that he cannot do on land, such as hold his own body weight. Yes, we are not really meant to take this picture, and no one is in the frame. We just needed to share in the conversation. Or as Tommy said, lets make a splash.
I started a new hobby..... (crochet) my first project was a double blues blanket for the football , it gave me a creative outlet, and a new network I wouldn’t have had without the supplement. It certainly helped to keep my mental health stable during lockdown.
I’m a single mum who works part time. I have chronic health conditions + a 7yr old child with autism & a 18 month old toddler. Little family support and are quite isolated (even before COVID hit). Our rent was 50% of our fortnightly income. We were very financially stressed and living fortnight to fortnight. The extra $550 per fortnight has meant SO much to my family & has allowed me to receive medical treatment, I otherwise could not afford, as well as many other benefits. Here is our list of reasons to smile 😊
Three weeks ago my partner became violent. This money has/is allowing me to leave and set up a safe new home for me and my three children. I have been able to breath a little easier, as I had to save for a new bond, advanced rent, moving costs and two full new school uniforms. I know I can get through this but I am already thinking how I can afford raising three children on my own after this COVID extra money ends.
I don’t know where I would be or what I would have done without this payment.
Janice, Markus & Nathan
The extra money means that I can pay my rent, without skipping meals and stressing. We have kept warm this winter and made a veggie garden. One of my boys has food allergies, his health, his skin has been awesome. Plus our neighbour is elderly, a bit lonely and super kind. We share our home-grown veggies and herbs with her.
My shelter before we got extra money. I now have a bed, a roof and a door. I shower and eat. I’m 59 years old and have started to do volunteer work. I don’t have the words to say how this has changed my life. DV put me on the run and Newstart made my homeless. I love the page.
Our Community Garden. The stress and isolation of never having enough money is overwhelming. I can now pay the bills and feed my children. We garden with our neighbours and the kids are making new friends. We had enough money to buy seedlings. It’s a new life, I’m not waking up from stress or crying in the shower. Not brave enough for my name but thank you! 🥰🥰🥰
I can now pay my bills on time and suffer less anxiety. I've also managed to get my brakes fixed and the many other things that had gone wrong, I saved up $2500 for these repairs, that's how bad a condition my vehicle was in. I have this van so that I can feel safe from homelessness, it's a home made camper van by myself.
$550 meant that when this little man, my therapy animal, got life threateningly ill with a liver infection, when we rushed him to the vet we didn't have to worry about payment plans, or vet pay, we could just pay his bill upfront and get him the treatment he needed.
Without this payment I'd have lost my best friend. I'm so grateful that if it had to happen, it happened while I had the money to save him. ❤️
I`ve had a cold for a few days and with this supplement it means I can afford cold and flu tablets. I did get tested and it was negative.
If I had had that $550 last year I would’ve been able to pay my mortgage as a single mum. I would’ve been able to stay in the home with my toddler and access further DV and postnatal depression supports instead of going back to work to make ends meet.
What I wouldn’t have given to be able to stay with my little girl and build up my own sense of self and well-being. It would’ve made a world of difference. This is so worthwhile
This is my emotional support dog willow, thanks to the supplement I can afford to buy prescription dry food for her so she doesn’t have to suffer from food allergies ❤️🥰🐾
I can buy food, clothes for myself and my baby. I have even brought some toys. I can afford makeup for my makeup artistry diploma. It is the best course that I have ever done. I love this payment.
$550 has turned our house into a home. We are not forced to compromise who we live with just to cover cost. It was not always safe. I can put fuel in the car and make sure everyone has phone credit. It means not stressing about surviving so that I’m not worn down and able to deal psychologically with whatever the ex throws at me next. It means I’m less vulnerable psychologically, if you know what I mean. My garden is a place of joy and its ours.
I have a genetic condition that can affect my arteries. Today I could afford the screening test to see if I have early stage heart disease. I will need this test again in my lifetime but today was the first time I could actually afford it.
Our house will be warm this winter. With the extra $550 I have been able to pay for my son's private OT sessions, put some money towards my super and pay for heating.
This is what the extra money means to me. Because of the extra money, I can now afford sanitary items. Because of the extra money, today I was able to buy myself a new bra..something I haven’t been able to do for the last 2 years.
Caitlin, Charlie, Will and Ruby
Our house was once filled with fear, yelling and violence. Three years later, four failed attempts to leave and we are now free. This means that I can sleep, the kids are noisy and it’s wonderful. We have brought new blankets, warm clothes and can buy fresh food at the market. Honestly, I just feel rich. I didn’t think my life could be better. Then I got my grandma’s car. No longer used. The extra money has enabled me to register the car, tyres and repair the brakes. I’m going for my licence. Next goal is a job, I am at TAFE and doing a community certificate. I am 34, I have three beautiful, wise and healthy children. We are a team. I have watched this page but didn’t want to post until I had my learners. Please keep the page, I’m wanting to post my P’s.
I was able to buy a car to get to work. Nothing special, but enough to get me to and from work (casual, about 10 hours per week, 15 hours on a good week) without having to walk there and back again. The early release of super was what really made it possible, but the $550 definitely helped. Without it, I'd still be without a car.
It has also enabled me to take time off work when I need to instead of being forced to choose between taking time off and not paying for food/medicine/rent/etc or going in sick and infecting other people.
I'm hoping to save up enough by September to be able to move to somewhere with better job prospects. There's not much where I live. If I don't move, I'll likely be stuck in this same dead end job until the day I die (if I'm lucky, if I'm not lucky I'll be stuck on Centrelink payments until I die). It's still a risk moving, but $500 extra per fortnight would definitely provide a safety net in case things don't go well instead of just moving and hoping everything works out.
It really does help alleviate some of the anxiety.
Hell, it's nice to just be able to run the electric heater (because there's no other way to heat this house and it is FREEZING here) and keep warm and not worry about how much the electricity bill will be.
Kids winter clothing
Bond for new rental and moving costs
This has been a tremendous help and I'm not living on struggle street so much as their dad doesn't pay child support so this has helped us so very much. I don't want to go back and struggle just to pay bills and food etc
I've been puting extra money on power, water, rent, gas, phone bills to get a head of them why i can. I can buy fresh fruit and veg for my son, pay school fees and buy my son new clothes that fit him properly becouse he will not stop growing lol. It has been a huge help and i am grateful for it i didn't choose to be a single mum struggling to find a job it just happened that way.
Im a single mum with these two amazing kids. With hope there is happiness. Because of this extra money I am able to pay off debt and look towards a brighter future. Because of this extra help, my kids and I have the hope that we can keep our family home and live in it until the kids are old enough. Please consider the massive impact this money has on helping us single parent
With the extra $550 I am able to buy my fortnightly medication. With chronic illness, fibromalgya, depression &anxieties spondolytis, not able to work due to the chronic pains. The extra money makes it better to control the pain with the eight medications
Ive been able to get ahead on my rent and some bills and buy my daughter some warm clothing for the colder weather. Its been a great help and ensured the fridge isnt completely empty before the next payment!
Amanda and Joseph
$550 allowed me to get my little man’s bike back on the park.I asked the first bike shop if I could pay off the $36 over 2 payments. The shame when they just stared at me. I never went back.$36 may not have seemed a lot. Anyway, he is meeting his friends, riding his bike. I now go jogging and he rides beside me. It’s our favourite thing to do. Maybe I will save for a second hand bike.
The supplement has changed the picture of our lives.
We are older people and I can't work above 15 hrs for health reasons and hubby is long term unemployed with a number of disorders. Having suffered a bankruptcy and losing our home we were fortunate to get community housing and moved in with next to nothing.
The extra $550 has allowed us to buy all second hand but beautiful furniture, we also brought blankets, lawn mower and a washing machine. We both had had hair cuts, new glasses, the car is back on the road and we have taken up study, I can watch my grands in the holiday and buy them lunch out.
None of this would be possible without the stimulus and supplement.
$550 has helped me. I used to work full time then I went through family violence and became a single parent going through family court with a child being diagnosed on the spectrum.
I now have nothing and can't seem to catch a break during these hard times. Our industry was affected first and I've been on leave without pay for almost 5 months. I have no idea if I will have a job to return to with how our industry is due to the effects of covid.
This additional payment has helped me support myself and my young child and pay for legal bills for family court, general living and also pay for my child therapies whilst waiting for NDIS funding as they were recently diagnosed with ASD.
When this finishes I will be struggling 😥
550 has given myself and my two young children the opportunity to escape severe domestic violence, not only having enough to fill up the car to get away but also enough to purchase fresh food and needed medical items. I didn’t have to choose between our safety or food. This has been a life changer and also may of been a life saver. My children for the first time ever can have fresh food in a safe home surrounded by love. ❤️
I still fall short every fortnight despite paid work and receiving single parenting payment. After rent, bills, car payments - there isn’t much left over.
The additional $550 has allowed me to purchase BRAND NEW clothing for my 2 year old for the first time.
I also no longer require food vouchers to buy enough groceries.
The feeling of being able to finally provide proper winter coats and boots for my toddler and knowing we both have full tummies everyday is beyond words.
Thank you for creating this page, it has been very comforting knowing that I am not the only one who has fallen on hard times.
Its the first time in 3 years that I don't have to choose between medication, medical appointments food or transport. I can also put fresh fruit in my shopping basket. I`m on Youth Allowance and really worried if the rate drops.
Love and care to our other family member who is also my son's therapy dog. They can now sleep in a warm room as the extra money has allowed me to buy blankets and a heater for his bedroom. We have warm clothes, there is food in the cupboards and a safe car on the road. ❤️
It's really nice to see my kids come home and eat without having to ration them. The extra money has enabled me to move out from a bad situation.
I really hope this money will carry on (at least $400 per fortnight) so I can continue to provide for my kids, hopefully better my education, get a decent secure job and maybe start saving for a home deposit.
A sole-mum with a 6 year old daughter. We both have medical and health needs. The extra money has enabled me to buy our medication, put extra money aside for rent with a hope to spend some time together on a holiday.
Morgan, Nathan, and Toni
It’s school holidays. We have enough money for my children’s BFF to sleepover but also the extra items for them to stay safe. Thank you. This is our brightest school holiday that we have had in years.
Olivia and Thomas
Wish us luck, lessons can now begin. The car is fixed and we are on the road 🚙. A step closer to getting a job. Long time coming all thanks to the $550. Its is changing our world.
Stella, mum of Archie, Sam, and Molly
Warm feet. Brought the boots and winter socks last fortnight. Can afford new coats today. We will be mushrooming over the weekend. If the $550 stays we maybe able to afford a kitten. It breaks my heart when “Pet Week” at school is something that I dread.
Here is my refurbished iPad. I was able to afford it, along with textbooks so I could enrol in a course and reskill. It is also used by my school aged daughter for schoolwork.
We've also been able to keep ourselves much warmer this winter.
I brought NEW dinner bowls
For the first time in my kids lives and some decent tea towels. I would normally only ever get dinner sets from salvos.
I also got the kids new jumpers which is something we normally get second hand as well 🙂
Lilly and Jake
Pure pleasure, a birthday present for my boy. I also have enough money to make a birthday cake. 🥳🥳
I’ve started my online course in Domestic Violence Support, a subject close to my heart, and my grocery shop is a joy compared to the stressful never enough cheap packaged ‘pov pastas’ jar sauces and 2 minute noodles. The best feeling was my daughter able to attend a friends movie party and not be too embarrassed to say we can’t come due to lack of funds. Her face 🥰.
Angie and Maureen
My sister got the best news, breast cancer in remission. I had the $ to take her to hospital and to buy our celebratory coffees which we had in the park. I’m sending you these pictures with love and our hope for a brighter future.
SAFE, we are safe. We are safe now. Enough money to leave. Please don’t ever force us back to Newstart. We won’t survive. I have had this picture for four weeks . I’m trusting you with my most terrifying and proudest moment.
Sam, Evie and Marilyn
Happy Birthday Mum. Every year my children pick lemons from a friends tree for my birthday. It’s free. This year, after much pleading, Mr 14 & Ms 12 went shopping with $10. There was laughter, love and tears as I unwrapped the present. All possible because we have a spare $10. I still got the lemons ❤️. I know what this money has done for my children. Please share your pictures. I hope this message is what your after, I have not uploaded myself as I still feel like a failure to my children and don’t want their friends to know how broke we are
First thing I bought was a new phone for myself, so I could actually do things(make calls, apply for jobs etc) I've had an iPhone 4 since, I can't even remember so I thought why not.
Extra food, school clothes for my daughter, bills are less in debt, car rego is due so that will help.
When I had a job, I started planning to purchase a business and I did, lost my job and that stopped. The Corona supplement has also helped with buying equipment, paying electricians etc in the hopes that I can finally get off Centrelink.
I’m currently renting and had heard through my real estate agent (and neighbour’s) that the previous renters were not great and didn’t take care of the house at all, the owners live in A few hours away and weren’t able to get down to do repairs because of COVID, I’ve repaired there backyard and am in the process of fixing the front - it’s helped me, and I hope it helps them, I don’t have photos currently 💓
Thanks to covid I could afford new clothes for my daughter and her own bed also could get the car a well needed service oh and to top it off it saved us from becoming homeless also I won't deny we treated ourselves to some pizza the other night the smile and confusion on my daughter's face was amazing 🤣
The supplement has helped my family so much. We got a much needed dryer. We got new tyres for the car. The old ones had gone through to the thread and was not safe with 2 toddlers in the car. And we have finally paid off our synergy bill so we are no longer threatened with them turning the power off and all the stress that comes with it. Has been such a fantastic help.
I get no help from anyone. And the supplement really boosted my life and I've finally getting what I need, (driving lessons, schooling fees)
Just to know that I've saved enough to cover us if our rental gets sold! Used to make my blood run ice cold with worry about finding another cheap rental as a single mother...
It has helped us keep our car, driving lessons for myself, keep our electricity on and be able to finally have a proper Christmas this year because I was able to finally pay off my medical bills
My twin boys have asthma, triggered by the cold. We are heading into our scary time. I now have spare medication in the car. I can go from terrified to be alert. Always worried about running out.
Please, please, please retain this payment or increase Job Seeker as this increase means my family does not have to live hand to mouth. Allowing Australian families who need financial support, equity and more importly dignity for young Australians. That is the children who are suffering due to insufficient financial support. I also paid my taxes for many many years why am I and my children treated as LESS THAN!
No dumpster diving for food. Last night I took a picture of the bins, this is where I go. My mate took the pic as my camera is crap - we did it for you guys, and to tell everyone that this is a normal for me and lots of my mates.
I'm actually able to meet my mortgage payment for the fortnight and put payments on all bills. I was also able to buy new underwear as my old ones were threadbare and full of holes. I can buy fresh fruit and vegetables to eat every week and have been able to move and reestablish my vegetable patch so I have more fresh food, it was damaged in a fire 3 yrs ago. Before the supplement I was only able to pay one week of my mortgage each fortnight.
We lived in a house that I could not get warm and my daughter would cry because she was always cold. It got worse and we became homeless at the start of COVID. The Supplement and bonus saved us. It has put a roof over our head, we are warm and with less stress. We have gone to specialist appointments, doctors’ appointments and we can eat gluten free, lactose free food, fresh meat and vegetables and we have brought our medication. I am doing a TAFE course and there is a dishwasher.
I was able to buy new tyres and not have to worry about what I would have to miss out on for the month ahead. Next fortnight I hope to get the car serviced too.
I really hope it helps make the extra $550 more permanent.
After four years of waiting out the public health system lm now able to have major dental work, and my kids have extra clothes and food in their bellies 😀
My cancer, the cost of treatment and the travel to the hospital, continuously leaves me broke. I have three beautiful children and I am fighting hard for them. I love them with all my heart. We got a chance to shop and cook together. This is our happy picture.
With the $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement, I was able to buy new clothes and get a haircut. I will also be able to replace my 15+ year old washing machine that leaves my clothes smelling faintly of mildew and covered in fluff, and I will be able to go to the dentist for the first time in over 10 years.
I got my braces put on. This isn’t a ‘vanity’ treatment, I have bite issues and bruxing at night time which has smashed my teeth, causing severe sensitivity. To fix them I need braces 2 years $8300, then crowns at $2300 each, (possibly 6-8 needed). So as dental/major dental/orthodontics are not subsided by Medicare, this supplement makes a world of difference to me.
Car rego, car insurance, car repairs, new 2nd hand microwave, winter clothing for my child, new winter blanket (last one was 20ish yrs old) with future payments I will get washing machine serviced and new seals put on my fridge. Both need to be replaced but unless I can replace with cheap 2nd hand then repairs are better than nothing, extra payments will stop soon. Vacuums also over 10 yrs old and needs replacing so if I can stretch it that far then i'll try. I do believe I've used the money very wisely. Scared of going back into poverty.
I broke my wrist at Easter and because of the supplement, I DID NOT END UP HOMELESS!! The kids and I would be living in the car if I took 2 months off work at any other time.
I can’t exactly get a picture but it has really helped continue to pay the rent and household bills, buy healthier food and put fuel in the car without having to worry about which one you might have to forgo to stretch the budget.
On top of that I’ve also been able to make improvements to the house and garden where I live that have been long overdue.
I love it because I didn't need to go to Salvos, and all theses places non profit as well just to get food to hold me over until the next payment! I hate it when u go in to theses help place like salvos you have to wait around for ages sometimes and the old women are the worst old hags trouble makers and give u nothing at all I got no help from marion Salvos in Adelaide south Australia I give my concern government health care card that shows your on low income to get in the door for help and this last time she only gave me 1 loaf of bread and 1 milk and she suppose to give up th o $60 dollars worth of shopping I tapped this women from salvos gove over $ 400: 00 dollars of shopping to a women that volunteered part time there in the kitchen and I heard her say I to need this much or really want it the salvos women said just give it to one of your friends fuck them so that salvos women used my health card for the books and gave my shopping to this women that did even care to have the shopping..
Dear 550 Reasons, please delete if not okay but look at this. I brought new knickers 🥳. I have been wearing my sons jocks once they got too old for him. He needed new underwear. I could go without. They are so fancy, but they were on sale. I brought 4. 😊
3 plus years between diagnosis and having the money to buy my medication. People say that’s it’s a live changer, but it’s also a live saver.
Hello! I’ve been able to get my car fixed and some work clothes and shoes so that I will now be able to go back to work, and to pay off my childcare debt.
I truly hope that the government chooses to keep the supplements coming or increase the rate permanently so we will no longer need to live in poverty and struggle to survive.
I got a home office set up! Have been using at home a personal computer that was 10+ years old and really not functioning well... now we have a new laptop, screen, keyboard... and it was all in time to home school 2 children for 9 weeks 😅
I bought GLASSES so i can now see! I CAN FREAKING SEE WITH MY EYES!
I also replaced my cookware which was so old the teflon was peeling off into our food.
we spent some money to build up the garden to grow our own food as the supermarkets are SO EXPENSIVE. this will help ease the burden of grocery shopping.
I also plan on buying a VACUUM cleaner for the first time in my life as opposed to borrowing my parents or friends. I'm 34.
I got a massage for the first time in three years. I have a chronic spinal injury (herniated disk) so need this therapy often but can not afford it. My five free health care sessions are mostly used on Physio, which only helps some of the problem.
I am honestly so scared of them returning the payments to their previous rate. I was constantly stressed, depressed, upset, angry, sick, and feeling worthless. I struggled to find meaning in my life, despite volunteering for my community. The constant barrage of "you're not trying hard enough, its your fault you're broke, get a job even though there are none or we'll cut you off payments, you bludger you're useless" is tough enough to withstand without only eating once a day, not being ably to buy new clothes or shoes, not being able to go out with your friends like a normal person, watch movies, upgrade or buy new tech to keep up with the world, etc etc etc.
I'm very sad to had to come to this crisis to get to this point in welfare awareness, but on the other hand my mental health is the best its been in YEARS without the stress of having to choose between dinner and socks, or petrol and going to the beach
After a mild summer, not looking forward to another winter without heating. We have reverse cycle heating, but electricity is getting too expensive, so used it very sparingly. Grateful to have a gas option 🙏
Corona virus supplement means I can afford ingredients to make foods I've never made before.
New ( factory seconds) washing machine. Needed so badly and now the kids school clothes are clean for school. I also had my car fixed, so overdue.The kids are now getting warm winter clothing. I can now finally pay for the specialist (neurosurgeon) I need to see so badly. It’s been such a blessing to have the extra money coming in. It’s helped my family so much.
Heating!! It's been 4 years!!!! The house will never be put back together but I have heating for my children that's all I care about. Bugger plaster and walls.
A year of hand-washing our laundry. I finally brought a washing machine. Helps me a lot, I cried at the shop. 🤍🥺 I also got a school jumper and other clothing for my prep. I got us a scooter and our afternoon fun at the park.
At the start of lock-down was so scared and stress coz heaps of people hoarding and we can only buy limited items. But thankful for the stimulus and covid money can breathe and anxiety is not too bad then.
New tyres, we now have a working and safe car. It’s freezing in Melbourne and with Ms 3 year old and Mr 6 year old public transport was long, heavy and very cold
Some things are impossible to photograph. I've been able to keep my heater running and stay warn to reduce the pain and disability that winter usually brings. I've made small donations to others more in need than myself. I've paid back some debts, and bought some better quality food. All of this is good for me.
Hello from Katie, this is the first birthday in three-years that I could afford to buy my son a present. Happy 15th. He always says that he does not want anything, he knows I can`t afford a present. This year, we also had a cake. A proud mum with a boy who will now have warm feet. I am sending this via your private message and hope you can post it. Please keep the extra $550 it is a life changer for us.