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If you’re struggling financially and having trouble meeting basic living costs, you may be able to receive a grant to help you cover some expenses.
These grants apply to you if you’re significantly financially disadvantaged, or from a low socio-economic background (for example, you or your family receive Centrelink payments).
Grants are available at different times of the year. Search grants for full eligibility criteria and application deadlines.
If you need help lodging your tax return, you may be eligible for Swinburne Student Life’s Tax Help program. It’s a free and confidential service to help students complete their tax returns, run by a group of ATO-trained and approved student volunteers.
When is Tax Help available?
Tax Help is available in-person from 17 July to 31 October 2023 by appointment.
Who can access Tax Help?
You’re eligible for Tax Help if your income is up to A$60,000 for the income year and you did not:
- work as a contractor, for example a contract cleaner or taxi driver
- run a business, including as a sole trader
- have partnership or trust matters
- sell shares or an investment property
- own a rental property
- have capital gains tax (CGT)
- receive royalties
- receive distributions from a trust, other than a managed fund
- receive foreign income, other than a foreign pension or annuity.
Note: If you’re eligible for Tax Help, you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO.
Book an appointment
All Tax Help appointments will be conducted in person at the GS Building, Hawthorn campus.
Appointments will be available from 17 July to 31 October 2023.
For more information, you can contact Swinburne Student Life in person, by phone or email.
Information to bring to your appointment
To prepare your tax return, you must bring certain information to your appointment. Make sure to read and complete the steps in the Tax Help appointment confirmation form [PDF 150KB].
Whether it's understanding what your fees cover or dealing with an overdue fee notice, help is available. You can learn more about your rights and responsibilities relating to fees in several ways:
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