Outcome 2: Australians informed about and provided access to consular and passport services in Australia and overseas
Travellers Emergency Loans
During 19992000, 775 Travellers Emergency Loans were granted in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the Consular Instructions.
The object of granting cash Travellers Emergency Loans is to assist Australian travellers who, in an emergency, are in need of temporary financial assistance. The loans are short-term measures only and are granted only where it is strictly necessary. They are intended to assist Australians short of funds for reasons such as:
- accident or illness;
- delays in travel plans due to lateness or cancellation of ship, aircraft or other departures;
- loss or theft of money and/or travel documents; or
- delay in receipt of funds or other assets.
Destitute Australians awaiting approval for repatriation are also eligible.
Recipients are expected to take immediate action to obtain their own funds from family, relatives, friends or associates or from financial institutions. To be eligible for financial assistance in cases of emergency, a person must be Australian (there are, however, special conditions relating to assistance for Canadians, Britons and nationals of other countries).
Australians have no legal entitlement to financial assistance from the Australian Government and loans are made only against formal undertakings to repay. Persons who have an outstanding loan can be denied a new passport until the loan is recovered. Details of loans are recorded in a persons passport record until they are repaid.
A total of 775 Australian travellers received emergency loans.
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