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Additional Assistance Programs

While PCCC offers a range of opportunities, many other great programs and support services may be available to you.

View programs developed to support Indigenous Australians including community, housing, employment, financial and Covid-19-related needs.

We've compiled a list of low/no interest loans/Savings Schemes/Grants, Scholarships and Assistance Programs that are available to the public that may be of interest to you or help someone you know in the community.

If there are any grants/funding/scholarships which you think we can add to this list please contact us.

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PCCC Connected Beginnings and Tucka-Time is excited to announce a 10-week program designed to enhance the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in health and early childhood education and care.

For those seeking to explore healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices, look no further. Join our complimentary sessions every Tuesday starting from April 23rd, 2024.

This program offers children and families access to culturally relevant support services such as:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Family support
  • Preschools and schools
  • Local government and council assistance

Reserve your spot as bookings are necessary and spaces are limited!

To access the program flyer, click here.

For any additional inquiries, please reach out to 07 4167 0037 or

This program is proudly supported by the Connected Beginnings Program.

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First Nations-led research to tackle health issues facing First Nations people and help close the health and mortality gap - these research projects involve listening to Indigenous communities in order to get better outcomes.

The next grant opportunity is currently open for applications until 6 March 2024.

Further details about the successful projects can be found at Attachment A.


The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Indigenous Health Research Fund aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 11 years from 2018–19 to 2028–29.

The objectives and outcomes of the 2023 Indigenous Health Research grant opportunity are detailed in the grant guidelines.

Applications to this grant opportunity must propose research that addresses one of the five Streams of research. An application may be submitted to one of the five Streams only. Applicants must specify the Stream to which they are applying in their application.

This grant opportunity is being administered by NHMRC on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

Further information on the Medical Research Future Fund is available from the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website.

The new FairPlay system, Enquire, is now open and accessible for existing and new users to register.

Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.

There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per calendar year.


You can apply if your child:

  • is a Queensland resident aged from 5 to 17 years (inclusive) at the time of application
  • did not receive a FairPlay voucher this calendar year
  • holds, or whose parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Services Australia Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it.

Click here to learn more information

Housing & Employment (HEP) Program

Struggling to pay your rent whilst studying?

You may be eligible for the Housing and Employment Program, which provides financial and other supports for low-income earners to sustain their tenancy while studying.

The Program is delivered by MAX Solutions and is funded under the Qld Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

Click here to view the HEP flyer

For more information and to check eligibility, contact the Bundaberg Case Manager, Janelle, on 0459 097 145.


COVID-19 Resources & Information

There is significant and evolving information being distributed regularly by Federal, State and Local governments in response to the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

This page of Biedo's website will serve as a central database of resources and information and will be updated regularly as the situation changes. Please check back regularly to access updated information.

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Mob Strong Debt Help

Mob Strong Debt Help is a free legal advice service about money matters for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from anywhere in Australia. Financial Rights Legal Centre specialise in the law about consumer loans (like credit cards, payday loans, car loans and home loans), banking, debt recovery and insurance (like car, home, travel, life, funeral, and pet insurance).

Financial Rights Legal Centre is a specialist community legal centre. They are non-government, non-profit organisation and provide information, advice and assistance to individuals and also argue for a fairer financial services market for consumers, particularly low-income and disadvantaged consumers. 

Click here for further debt assistance

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  • ABSTUDY can help you and your family with study, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship costs, as well as travel.
  • Relocation Scholarship can help if you need to move to, or from, a remote or regional area to study. It’s paid once a year.
  • Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year. You can get it if you’re an eligible higher education student. It can help you buy study-related items like textbooks.
  • Tertiary Access Payment helps students with the cost of moving from an outer regional or remote area for tertiary study.
  • Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme can help you with the extra study costs for your children. It's for people who can’t go to a state or public school on a daily basis because they either:
    • live in an isolated area
    • have a disability or special education need.
  • You may also be able to get Remote Area Allowance if both of the following apply:
    • you get one of our payments
    • you live in a remote area.
  • Centrepay helps pay bills and expenses as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments. This can make it easier for you to budget

Click here to view further information & other Australian Government support services

Victim Assist Queensland

Victim Assist Queensland provides financial assistance to victims of violence that happened in Queensland. Learn more about how to make a claim and how to claim urgent expenses.

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This program aims to assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen content makers in travelling to key international and Australian events.

Funding that can be requested, supported by a budget, are up to:

  • $6,000 for international travel
  • $3,000 for travel within Australia

Applications must be submitted at least five weeks before the event.


The First Nations Commissioning Fund is focused on investing in opportunities that share First Nations stories and cultural knowledge and elevate awareness of Queensland’s exceptional First Nations arts and cultural products and experiences.



The First Nations Commissioning Fund:

  • Supports the development and presentation of new work and cultural programs by First Nations artists, arts workers and organisations
  • Strengthens skills development and provide new employment opportunities for First Nations artists and arts workers
  • Grows a pipeline of high-quality First Nations arts, cultural products, and experiences

Click here to find out more & how to apply

Queensland Government

Applications for 2023–24 Targeted Responses to Youth Crime grants (formerly Community Partnership Innovation Grants) opened on 21 November 2023. The closing date for this grant has been extended and applications will now close at 11.59pm, Wednesday 14 February 2024.

Applications for 2023–24 Targeted Responses to Youth Crime grants (formerly Community Partnership Innovation Grants) opened on 21 November 2023. The closing date for this grant has been extended and applications will now close at 11.59pm, Wednesday 14 February 2024.

With up to $2.5 million in funds available for communities across Queensland, one-off grants (of up to $300,000) are available for new ideas and projects that support young people who are, or could become, serious repeat offenders, to change their behaviours and improve community connection.

The Targeted Responses to Youth Crime grants will support change-oriented and intensive responses that:

  • address predictors of youth offending thinking and behaviour
  • support family and community to address and manage the varied, and often complex, causes of offending behaviours
  • target the unique issues being experienced by local communities
  • are designed in partnership with the local community.

Click here to learn more & how to apply

Queensland Government   Business Queensland

Learn about business grants in Queensland. Read how to find grants, and prepare and write your grant application.

Click here to learn more

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The Young People in Sport (YPIS) aims to assist young athletes living in Bundaberg Regional Council area by providing a grant to assist with the cost of representing Queensland, at National sporting competitions or representing Australia at International sporting competitions.

Financial support is based on representation and is allocated as follows:
  • Representing Queensland - $200 per athlete
  • Representing Australia - $500 per athlete

Applications for the Young People in Sport Program are opened all year round and must be received prior to the commencement of the sporting event.

For more information and to apply, click here.

If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter. This is your story; your journey and we will take the time to listen. No shame, no judgement, safe place to yarn. We’re here for you.

About 13YARN

13YARN is the first national service of its kind for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in crisis. We offer a confidential one-on-one over the phone yarning opportunity and support with a trained Lifeline Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping.

Find out more

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SwimStart provides $150 vouchers for eligible zero to 4 year olds to participate in registered learn to swim programs.

When a round is open, parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards swimming lessons with a registered SwimStart activity provider.  There is a limit of 1 voucher per child per financial year.

Learn more 

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The 2024 NAIDOC Local Grants contribute to the cost of activities and events being held during National NAIDOC Week 2024 (7 - 14 July) that celebrate First Nations’ histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and Australian society. Activities and events should align with the 2024 NAIDOC Week Theme Keep the Fire Burning: Blak, Loud & Proud.

This grant opportunity provides funding to First Nations communities and organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC Week activities across Australia. 

Applications close at 3pm AEDT on Thursday 22 February 2024. Visit for information.

Queensland Government 

Now open! Grants of up to $75k on offer for short-term, community-led projects aimed at prevention and early intervention programs for young people.


What are Family Wellbeing Services?

Community organisations that you trust, are here to help you build on your family's strengths.

Mums, dads and families can reach out to receive personalised support to help you and your family to achieve the goals you set.

All Family Wellbeing Services are delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations ensuring the support available is culturally safe and appropriate.

Learn more

Queensland Government

Eligible business size: Small businesses with less than 20 employees (headcount)
Status: Open
Opening date Stage 1: Registration of Interest (ROI) opened at 9am, Wednesday 29 May 2024
Closing date Stage 1: Registration of Interest (ROI) closes at 5pm, Tuesday 11 June 2024

Application process

  • Stage 1: Registration of Interest (ROI)
  • Stage 2: Full Application (selected ROI applicants only)

Grant type: Competitive – not all applications will be funded
Available funding:  $5,000 (excluding GST) per grant
Co-contribution: None
Project length: Maximum 6 months
Payment Upfront: payment on approval

Key documents - Round 5 documents:
Application guidelines
Terms and conditions
Frequently asked questions
Registration of Interest form sample

For more information and to apply, click here.

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).


In loving memory of all our ancestors, we acknowledge their fight and their hard work to get recognition of our country and for us to be standing here today.