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Tuesday 29 Jan 2019

Integrated Services Project: Social Security Rights Victoria

By: Bryn Overend (Lawyer, SSRV)

We are proud to announce that Social Security Rights Victoria Inc. (SSRV) and Financial and Consumer Rights Council Inc. (FCRC) have established a partnership to design, implement and evaluate an integrated service bringing together social security law specialists and financial counsellors. The overarching objective of this project is to enable financial counsellors and social security rights experts to work together more effectively to improve client outcomes. The project will build the capability of financial counsellors and community lawyers to identify and respond to social security law and related issues.

Sunday 27 Jan 2019

FCRC Submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health (Terms of Reference)

FCRC welcomes the establishment by the Victorian Government of the Royal Commission into Mental Health. The Royal Commission provides an opportunity to explore how best to address the complex array of factors affecting the mental health of Victorians and improve the overall mental health of our community through identifying good practices and a support infrastructure that can implement effective prevention and treatment strategies.

FCRC submits that the Terms of Reference should pay due regard to key mental health comorbidities as part of effective holistic response to risk factors and real client/patient needs, and in particular to financial vulnerability. The experience of financial counsellors is that financial difficulties, debt and vulnerability are an important and under-estimated comorbidity which practical and feasible assistance can reduce as a contributing factor to mental health harms.

Thursday 24 Jan 2019

Interview with Jenny Paikopoulous, Uniting Kildonan

In each issue of the Devil's Advocate, FCRC shines the spotlight on one of our members.

This month, Uniting Kildonan's Jenny Paikopoulos shares her journey to find herself working as a financial counsellor in a diverse and supportive team.

Thursday 24 Jan 2019

Chair's report - January 2019

By: Julie Barrow

In alternating issues of the Devil's Advocate, the FCRC Chairperson contributes a message to the sector. This month, Julie Barrow discusses the importance of the recent Senate Inquiry into Credit and Financial Services in highlighting the for need for more financial counsellor positions.

Thursday 24 Jan 2019

Some excerpts from submissions to the Royal Commission and the Senate Inquiry

The new year is already well underway, but before things become too hectic, we wanted to take a moment to stop and recognise the valuable work of our FCs.

Fiona Guthrie at FCA shared with us a series of excerpts from various submissions into the recent Royal Commission and Senate Inquiry, which highlighted the strong support there is for the role of financial counselling.

The comments, from a variety of government bodies and regulators, demonstrates the value and need for the sector, and the importance of the work that financial counsellors undertake every day.

Wednesday 16 Jan 2019

Meet the Trainer: Cara Crossan

We're very excited about the current training calendar that we will be delivering over the next six months. We are proud to be able to utilise the strong knowledge-base that exists within the sector, drawing from our many skilled financial counsellors. We have also engaged a number of excellent facilitators, who are experts in their own fields, to present a number of new sessions. We plan to introduce them to you over the next few months, so that you can get a good idea of what's on offer.