The Youpla Group, also called the Aboriginal Community Benefit Fund (ACBF), collapsed in March 2022.
The Youpla Group Funeral Benefits Program helps the families of fund members affected by the collapse conduct Sorry Business with dignity.
Through the Program, the Australian Government will pay a grant in place of a funeral benefit that would otherwise have been paid by the Youpla Group before its collapse.
On 24 October 2023 the Australian Government announced the Youpla Group Funeral Benefits Program has been extended.
This means, families can now make an application up to 30 June 2024.
No changes have been made to the application process or eligibility.
You can apply for the Program if your loved one has passed away and they were a Youpla Group or ACBF fund member on or after 1 April 2020. If the member’s funeral has already been paid for, you can still make an application.
The Program will pay an amount up to the cover limit of the member’s Youpla Group or ACBF policy.
This Program is not a compensation scheme. The Program will only pay a funeral benefit for a member who has passed away.
If you are not the person named as the payee on the Youpla Group or ACBF policy, but need to make an application, we will contact you to help us to work out if you should be the person paid by the Program.
Make an application
To make an application follow the steps below.
Applications can be made up to 30 June 2024.
Step 1 - read the checklist
Read the Document checklist and see what documents you will need to make an application.
Step 2 - complete the application
Start to complete the application form.
Step 3 - send the application
Once you’ve filled out the application form, email the form and your supporting documents to us at email@example.com.
Or mail them to us at:
Funeral Benefits Program
Financial System Division
1 Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600
If you need help at any stage, we can help you make an application:
- Youpla Group Funeral Benefits Program application form [408KB - PDF | 616KB - DOCX]
- Alternate Contact Authorisation Form [189KB | 592KB]
- Making an application under the Youpla Group Funeral Benefits Program [ 252KB | 637KB]
- Processing your application [236KB - PDF | 601KB - DOCX]
- What if I’m not the person named as the payee on the Youpla Group funeral expenses policy? 182KB | 602KB]
- More help for conducting Sorry Business [222KB | 613KB]
Additional materials for download
- Youpla Group A3 poster [472KB - PDF]
- Youpla Group A5 poster [271KB - PDF]
- Youpla Group wallet card [231KB - PDF]
13YARN is a crisis support line for First Nations people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping.
13YARN offers a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline-trained First Nations Crisis Supporter who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can call 13YARN on 13 92 76.
More Sorry Business help
You can also read the More help for conducting Sorry Business factsheet for further support services.
Policies before the April 2020 eligibility date
The Government is aware that many former Youpla Group fund members cancelled their policies, or had their policies cancelled, before 1 April 2020.
The Government is considering what can be done to work out this issue for former Youpla Group fund members.
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