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Here you'll find media releases from FCRC and the organisations with whom we work, such as Financial Counselling Australia, The Victorian Council of Social Services and others.

Media Releases and Coverage

Here you'll find media releases from FCRC and the organisations with whom we work, such as Financial Counselling Australia, the Victorian Council of Social Services and others.

From time to time we may also be part of a joint media release with other organisations. These will also be made available here.

We also publish any relevant media coverage here.

Wednesday 17 Jul 2019

“We Need to Talk about Newstart” - Financial counsellors release graphic recording explainer

Financial Counselling Australia and the State and Territory financial counselling associations join with thousands of Australians, business leaders and community groups in calling on the Government to “Raise the Rate”.

Monday 01 Jul 2019

TCP Code Inadequately Protects Consumers

The revised Telecommunications Consumer Protection (TCP) Code fails to adequately protect telco consumers, according to consumer groups. As the main safeguard for mobile, landline and internet customers in Australia, the TCP Code is meant to protect consumers against harmful sales and billing practices and provide for situations of financial hardship. While the industry has changed some rules in these areas, it does not provide strong enough consumer protections.

Tuesday 07 May 2019

Financial Counsellors Expose Pain of People on Newstart

“This has to change”: Newstart levels directly linked to homelessness, mental illness.

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) today called on all major parties to commit to raising the rate of Newstart, citing a survey of more than 100 Victorian financial counselling clients struggling to survive on the Federal payment.

Monday 25 Feb 2019

‘A game changer’: FCRC welcomes ALP promise to double financial counsellor numbers

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) today welcomed Federal Labor’s announced election commitment to double the number of financial counsellors in Australia. “To double the size of the sector nationally is a potential game changer,” said Executive Officer, Sandy Ross.

Friday 07 Dec 2018

Bureaucratic bungling means Christmas relief falls short

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) today condemned the actions of the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS) in leaving vulnerable Australians in South East Melbourne without financial counselling services in the lead up to Christmas.

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

Government unlocks energy and water grants for vulnerable Victorians

Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) and Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC) today congratulated the
Victorian government for its recently announced reforms to the Utility Relief Grant Scheme (URGS).

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Federal Budget ‘unconscionable’ on poverty caused by Newstart

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) today expressed its grave disappointment with the Federal Budget, which focused yet again on middle class welfare while continuing to entrench poverty.

Sunday 22 Apr 2018

Relief for struggling Victorian families welcomed

FCRC today welcomed the State Government's announcement that it was increasing the cap on its Utility Relief Grants Scheme by $150.

Monday 25 Sep 2017

FCRC congratulates the Victorian Government for implementing Vehicle Registration payment system

The peak body for Financial Counsellors in Victoria, the Financial and Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) is delighted with the Victorian Government announcement that Victorians will now be able to pay vehicle registration by instalments.

Many Victorians have found it tough to pay the annual lump sum for vehicle registration in one payment with some having to take out expensive short term loans to keep their cars on the road. This change will not only make registration payments easier to budget for, it will save people going into bad debt to pay for it.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Toll Road Operator Infringements

Last financial year, Victoria’s toll road operators referred 1.2 million unpaid tolls to Victoria Police for infringement notices to be issued to Victorians. FCRC and Money Magazine are calling on Transurban to change their out-dated and unfair toll enforcement system.

Thursday 27 Apr 2017

Telcos slammed for selling $200-a-month phone plans to people on welfare

The Financial and Consumer Rights Council report, Rank the Telco, slams the big three – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – for having hardship practices worse than power companies, banks, even debt collectors.

Tuesday 03 May 2016

Victims of family violence will directly benefit from 1.8 million dollars in state government funding

Victims of family violence to directly benefit from 1.8 million dollars in state government funding to address the widespread problem of financial abuse.