Greg Hunt

Federal Member for Flinders | Minister for Health

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Government’s Golden Wattle Coming to Cowes

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre Golden Wattle will hit the road to give people across Phillip Island easy access to essential government payments and services in December.

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.

The Mobile Service Centre ensures people in regional communities like Phillip Island 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.

The Mobile Service Centre will visit towns from South East Victoria including Cowes to offer Centrelink and Medicare payments and services, Child Support information and hearing health checks.

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.

The staff on board will also be able to help you to register for myGov, which is a fast, simple way to access ATO and other government services online.

Last time the Mobile Service Centre was in the region, staff linked a parent’s Centrelink and Medicare accounts on their myGov account so they could, from that point on, do the rest of their personal updates at home.

The Golden Wattle will be located at the Cowes Jetty Triangle on December 12 from 9am to 4pm.

For more information visit or call 132 316.

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