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We welcome those who work in the community based financial counselling sector, to enjoy the benefits of membership with us.

Membership Benefits

  • Representation by FCRC, the sector's peak body in Victoria
  • Opportunity to participate in Continuous Professional Development and expand your skills base
  • Discounted attendance at our flagship event, the FCRC Victorian State Financial Counselling Conference
  • Access to member only content on our website
  • Plenty of networking opportunities with our Working Groups and Regional Networks
  • Be part of a professional peak body committed to advancing the rights of low-income people in Victoria

Membership categories

We currently offer four categories of membership:

FULL/ACCREDITED

Individual Membership

Full membership is for individuals who are currently working as financial counsellors, and have the
appropriate qualification, or are diploma qualified and have the appropriate experience and CPD
points.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Has had 24 months full-time experience working as a financial counsellor (including while studying if relevant)
  • Holds the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • If working as a financial counsellor, meets requirements for continuing professional development and supervision

OR

  • If not working as a financial counsellor, meets requirements for continuing professional development.

All members MUST agree to abide by the Australian Financial Counselling Code of Ethical Practice AND
agree to abide by relevant state/territory rules.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to job opportunities advertised on this website
  • Subscription and opportunity to submit articles to FCRC publications, such as the Devil’s Advocate and the FCRC Gazette
  • Dedicated email notifications on projects and upcoming events
  • Opportunity to attend the FCRC Victorian State Financial Counsellors Conference
  • Opportunity to attend free industry training and education as part of the Continuous Professional Development program.
  • Opportunities for joint initiatives and funding submissions with FCRC
  • Opportunity to participate in Working Groups and Regional Networks
  • Access to professional resources
  • The right to attend and vote at the FCRC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Access to job opportunities within the field
  • Membership of a professional peak body committed to advancing the rights of vulnerable people in Victoria

ASSOCIATE

Individual Membership

Associate membership is open to individuals who are studying or have completed the diploma, but don’t fulfil the Full membership requirements

Eligibility Criteria

  • Working as a financial counsellor
  • Actively studying for the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)

OR

  • Holds the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) and has not yet had 24 months full-time experience, however meets the requirements for continuing professional development and supervision

Membership Benefits

  • Associate members enjoy all the benefits of Full membership

AFFILIATE

Individual Member

Affiliate membership is for those who are not working as financial counsellors, or are working in a similar field.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An individual working in the financial counselling sector in a related role

OR

  • Actively studying for the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) or has completed the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) - but is not working as a financial counsellor

Membership Benefits

  • Affiliate members enjoy all the benefits of Full membership, except that they are not entitled to vote.

Agency Membership

Agency Membership is for organisations who employ financial counsellors or are associated with financial counselling and share a mutual interest in the work undertaken by the FCRC. These may include community law organisations, problem gambling services and academic institutions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Non-Profit Organisation
  • Employ or engage financial counsellors
  • Have an ASIC licensing exemption for financial counsellors
  • Agree to support the Continuous Professional Development and Professional Supervision requirements prescribed by the Board.

Each Agency member may appoint an Agency Representative. This representative is encouraged to attend the bi-monthly Agency Managers Meeting, to discuss key issues associated within the sector.

Membership Benefits

  • Attendance at the Agency Managers Meeting and access to related minutes, reports and publications
  • Ability to advertise vacant positions free of charge on this website and in our publications, the Devil’s Advocate and the FCRC Gazette
  • Dedicated email notifications on projects and upcoming events
  • Opportunity for the Agency Representative to attend the FCRC Victorian State Financial Counsellors Conference
  • Opportunities for joint initiatives and funding submissions with FCRC
  • Opportunity to participate in Working Groups and Regional Networks
  • The Agency Representative has the right to attend and witness the FCRC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Membership of a professional peak body committed to advancing the rights of vulnerable people in Victoria

Compliance

FCRC Individual Membership (Full and Associate) is dependent on compliance with our Continuous Professional Development and Supervision programmes. The programmes pave the way for best practice service delivery and provide opportunities for members to continually improve and broaden their skills.

Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program offers a series of learning sessions that members can attend (or watch live recordings) to gain points towards their professional development requirement.

Our Professional Supervision framework aims to engender trust between client and counsellor, and provide our members with the opportunity to extend their knowledge, skill set and awareness.

Read more about our Supervision and PD Policy.