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Recognising the achievements of our newest members.

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is for a Full or Associate member of the FCRC who has demonstrated excellence in financial counselling service delivery.

The Rising Star Award was presented for the first time at the 2015 FCRC conference. The award recognises the work of a new Full or Associate member of FCRC, having held membership for less than three years, who has demonstrated excellence in service delivery.


Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Successful advocacy on a case that displayed innovation or original thinking
  • Resolving a complex financial counselling case
  • Developing and presenting innovative Community Development/ Education initiatives

Past recipients of the Rising Star Award

  • 2019 - Kylie McLoughlin
  • 2018 - Issam Alameh
  • 2017 - Susan Orchard
  • 2016 - Bronwyn Seiter
  • 2015 - Julie Barrow

The type of financial counsellor who will receive this award will be a financial counsellor who has recently completed the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) or who is an Associate member currently completing the diploma.

The nominee must have less than three years’ membership with FCRC.

Nomination Process

Nominations for are currently closed.


  • Provide a summary of why you think your colleague would be a worthy recipient of the award.
  • Make sure you address the criteria, for example, by outlining how the nominee has helped their community over and above their job description as a financial counsellor.
  • Although you don't have to tell the nominee that you're nominating them, we encourage you to do so. This is to ensure that the person you intend to nominate accepts the nomination.
  • The nominated person doesn't have to be present at the awards presentation in order to win. The award can be accepted on their behalf. (It's up to the nominator to arrange this beforehand.)
  • Nominators may attach additional pages and supporting materials to the nomination form.
  • The board will be looking for examples which demonstrate outcomes that exceed expectations for a financial counsellor that is relatively new to the sector.
  • Once a decision is made no further correspondence will entered into as to how it was arrived at.

Closing date for nominations



The award is presented at the annual FCRC Conference Dinner