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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

Agency Membership

Agency Membership is for organisations who employ or engage financial counsellors and share a mutual interest in the work undertaken by the FCRC. Employer agencies, community legal services and academic institutions are eligible for agency membership.

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. The Agency Representative must be a manager who has one or more financial counsellors reporting to them. The representative will be included in the email distribution list for Agency Members and receive access to member-only content through the FCRC website.

Click here to apply for Agency Membership.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to the financial counsellor locum directory service.
  • Free advertising for position vacancies on the FCRC website and in member newsletters.
  • Member-rate for FCRC conference registration for the Agency Representative.
  • Access to the FCA Toolkit and Agency Managers’ discussion forum.
  • Provides contribution towards quarterly Agency Managers’ network meetings, including ICT requirements, venue hire, catering, and office resourcing.
  • Opportunity to participate in sub-committees or working groups at the invitation of the FCRC Board.

Compliance

FCRC membership is dependent on compliance with the National Standards for Membership & Accreditation, and the FCRC Constitution. The Continuous Professional Development and Professional Supervision programs 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.

Download the National Standards for Membership & Accreditation