Information about Red Cross Extreme Hardship Support Program (EHSP)

16 Sep, 2021

If you don’t get government income support, you can apply for the Red Cross Extreme Hardship Support Program (EHSP), which is a one-off payment of $400.


Anyone who lives in NSW, does not receive government income support and is on a temporary visa can apply for the program. These visas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bridging Visas of all types
  • Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV)
  • Student Visas
  • People seeking asylum who do not have a current valid visa

You do not need a referral from an agency to apply. Please go to the link below to submit an online application. You will need to submit visa documents and bank statements as part of your application.

Please call Australian Red Cross hotline on 1800 855 240 if you have questions or need help to apply. You can also email nswrelief@redcross.org.au. If you have a caseworker, you can also speak with them for assistance. There is also a step-by-step guide to applying here.