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Wednesday 29 May 2019

FCA Conference 2019: Highlights

By: James Degenhardt

The FCA Conference this year delivered a program of events which spanned five days, and broke attendance records with over 800 delegates registered from across the financial counselling and community sectors, government, industry and ombudsman schemes. The conference took place in Melbourne, and used the theme of "Curiosity" to deep-dive into various subjects - some topical, and others previously unexplored.

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Work and Development Permits Scheme

By: Laura Sanderson

The Work and Development Permits (WDP) Scheme allows eligible people (those suffering from homelessness, family violence, mental illness, intellectual disability, addiction or acute financial hardship) to ‘work off’ their fines instead of paying money out of their pocket.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) has received funding from the Legal Services Board to employ a project worker, Laura Sanderson, to support the integration of the WDP Scheme into the Southern Victoria region.

PCLC has begun working with health and community providers in the region who are interested in becoming an accredited sponsor, as well as developing a ‘toolkit’ for clients, sponsors and other community legal centres.

Laura has written a project summary to raise awareness of the WDP Scheme.

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Chair's report - May 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 highlights some of the recent shifts by ASIC following the Banking Royal Commission, which aim to bring "fairness" to the financial services sector.