Vulnerable Members and Financial Hardship

We are committed to taking extra care with customers who experience vulnerability. We recognise that a person’s vulnerabilities can give rise to unique needs, and that their needs can change over time and in response to particular situations.

A person’s vulnerability may be due to a range of factors such as:

  • age;
  • disability;
  • mental health conditions;
  • physical health conditions;
  • family violence;
  • language barriers;
  • literacy barriers;
  • cultural background;
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status;
  • remote location; or
  • financial distress.

We encourage you to tell us about your vulnerability so that we can work with you to arrange support — otherwise, there is a risk that we may not find out about it.

Support Measures

  1. If you tell us, or we identify, that due to a vulnerability you need additional support or assistance, we will work with you and try to find a suitable, sensitive and compassionate way for us to proceed. We will do this as early as practicable and we will protect your right to privacy.
  2. If you tell us, or we identify, that you need additional support from someone else (for example, a lawyer, consumer representative, interpreter or friend), then we will recognise this and allow for it in all reasonable ways. We will try to make sure our processes are flexible enough to recognise the authority of your support person.

Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information is important to us.

You can contact us on 1300 328 042 anytime (we are here for you 24/7/365).

Or you can email us on [email protected] where your issue or idea will be considered by the appropriate dedicated team.