Research paper: ACT Government Emergency Material  and Financial Aid (EMFA) Project

Emergency Material and  Financial Aid (EMFA) is a critical form of support for individuals and families  who experience poverty and disadvantage, offering short term assistance for  those in financial crisis to deal with their immediate situation. In recent  years, the number of people in Australia requesting this type of support has  increased and clients are presenting with more diverse and complex needs.

The ACT Government is seeking  to better understand the needs of people in the ACT experiencing poverty and  disadvantage. The Community Services Directorate engaged the Centre for Public  Service Research, University of New South Wales (UNSW) to examine the nature of  poverty in the ACT and contemporary approaches to providing emergency relief in  Australia.

The UNSW paper examines  the evidence base for different approaches to assisting individuals and  families experiencing poverty; explores the ACT context; and makes  recommendations about effective future EMFA responses in the ACT. In developing  the paper, researchers considered a range of models in providing emergency  relief across Australia and overseas, as well as submissions from organisations  currently delivering EMFA services in the ACT.
This research paper can  be accessed on this page