| October 10, 2016


The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ will hit the road to give people in Katamatite, Numurkah, Stanhope and Tongala easy access to essential government payments and services in October. 

This travelling outreach service shortens the distance between rural and regional communities and government services. In the 2015-16 financial year, Mobile Service Centre Crews visited 381 towns and helped over 8900 people.

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge said the Mobile Service Centre ensures people in rural communities are connected with the latest government services.

“Golden Wattle is a truck set up as an office, custom-built with the same technology as any other Service Centre that delivers Medicare or Centrelink payments and services, including access to self-service facilities. It is wheelchair accessible and has a soundproof room where staff can conduct free hearing health checks,” Minister Tudge said.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said the Mobile Service Centre will visit towns in Murray to offer Centrelink and Medicare payments and services, Child Support information and hearing health checks.

“We are pleased to be bringing the Mobile Service Centre to Katamatite, Numurkah, Stanhope and Tongala,” Mr Drum said.

“In May and June 2016, mobile service centres were involved with delivering assistance to dairy farming communities in parts of Victoria and South Australia. They spent 28 days in 49 affected communities helping over 1100 people.

“If you are living on the land and experiencing financial hardship – don’t self-assess.  For information on Farm Household Allowance, including how to claim, drop in to the mobile service centre, visit our website, humanservices.gov.au/rural or call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316.

“A staff member from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will also be available to assist individuals and small business taxpayers with advice and information about tax and superannuation.

“It’s exciting to have ATO staff on board to assist people with their tax affairs.

“I encourage local residents to come along and visit the Mobile Service Centre while it is in your area.”

For itineraries and more information visit humanservices.gov.au/mobileoffice or call 132 316. Keep up to date with the latest payments and services information by liking the Department of Human Services on Facebook or following @HumanServicesAU on Twitter.

 Photo opportunity for Mobile Service Centre on location: 






Tuesday 18 October

9am to 4pm

Near the Katamatite Hall, Benalla-Tocumwal Road, Katamatite 


Wednesday 19 October

9am to 4pm

Near the Town Hall, Knox Street, Numurkah


Thursday 20 October

9am to 4pm

Opposite the Stanhope Public Hall, Godley Place, Stanhope


Friday 21 October

9am to 3:30pm

Near the Shire Office, Mangan Street, Tongala










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