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Financial Counselling Service



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The Hon. Warren Truss, MR Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs Deputy Leader of the House

MEDIA RELEASE

7 July, 1998 233/98

FINANCIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE

The Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs, Warren Truss, announced today continued funding o f $2 million for the Commonwealth Financial Counselling programme.

Mr Truss said the Commonwealth provides important funding for 42 community-based services across Australia which provide counselling for people on low incomes facing financial crisis.

“Amongst the clients o f the service are people experiencing difficulties because of sudden illness, loss o f employment or small business failure," Mr Truss said.

“Counselling can prevent financial problems escalating beyond control. Counsellors can assist people to develop strategies to manage their finances and often help with the renegotiation of loans to assist people in difficulties.

“Early assistance from counsellors can help persons avoid bankruptcy, to the benefit of both the borrower and the lender.

“About 10,000 people are assisted Australia-wide each year by services provided under the programme. Many of the programmes have received increased funding.”

Mr Truss said the Federal Coalition Government is committed to financial counselling services as a practical way to assist people to manage personal debt.

“Over the last two years, falling interest rates have eased the pressure on small business operators and low income earners paying off mortgages. However, personal debt still remains a problem for many consumers,” Mr Truss said.

“The Commonwealth financial counselling programme provides individual counselling, community education and other forms of assistance to help people avoid financial crisis.”

ATTACHED IS A LIST OF THE FINANCIAL COUNSELLING GRANTS

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COMMONWEALTH FINANCIAL COUNSELLING PROGRAM

Agency

1997-98 1998-99

NEW SOUTH WALES S S

L ife lin e N ew ca stle a n d H u n ter 4 7 ,1 5 8 4 7 ,3 0 8

F o rste r N eig h b o u rh o o d C e n tre Inc. 21 ,4 3 0 2 1 ,5 8 0

Illa w a rra L eg a l C e n tre Inc 2 5 ,0 9 8 2 5 ,2 4 8

C a m p b e llto w n L eg a l C e n tre In c 25 ,9 7 6 2 6 ,1 2 6

C h ris tia n C o m m u n ity A id S erv ice Inc 25 ,8 0 6 2 5 ,9 5 6

L ife lin e M a c a rth u r 2 9 ,7 5 0 2 9 ,9 0 0

R e d fe m L eg a l C e n tre L td 33,546 3 3 ,6 9 6

W o llo n g o n g C ity M is sio n 31 ,1 2 6 3 1 ,2 7 6

W a g g a W a g g a F a m ily S u p p o rt S erv ice Inc. 21 ,9 3 2 2 2 ,0 8 2

L ism o re N e ig h b o u rh o o d C e n tre Inc 29 ,5 0 6 2 9 ,6 5 6

D u b b o C o m m u n ity L eg a l C e n tre In c 4 7 ,0 9 6 4 7 ,2 4 6

W esley F in a n c ia l C o u n s e llin g S erv ices 37,082 4 2 ,2 3 2

C e n ta c a re 105,672 105 ,8 2 2

VICTORIA A n g lic a re V ic to ria 77 ,8 8 4 7 8 ,0 3 4

W o n th a g g i a n d D is tric t H o sp ital 25 ,1 6 6 2 5 ,3 1 6

M e lto n C o m m u n ity H ea lth C e n tre In c 2 6 ,2 0 4 2 6 ,3 5 4

B e n d ig o C o m m u n ity H ea lth S erv ices Inc 24 ,6 6 8 2 9 ,6 6 8

F o o tsc ra y C o m m u n ity L eg al C e n tre In c 4 9 ,0 9 6 4 9 ,2 4 6

N o b le P a rk F a m ily M e d ia tio n C e n tre Inc 33 ,2 6 6 3 3 ,4 1 6

B e rry S tre et Inc 28,108 2 8 ,2 5 8

K ild o n a n C h ild & F am ily S ervices 28,0 9 8 2 8 ,2 4 8

C a sey C a rd in ia L eg a l S ervice Inc 40 ,0 9 8 4 0 ,2 4 8

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY C A R E Inc. F in a n c ia l C o u n se llin g & C o n s u m e r C red it

L eg al S ervice 50 ,2 0 0 5 0 ,3 5 0

Agency

1997-98 1998-99

QUEENSLAND F in a n c ia l C o u n s e llin g S erv ices (Q ld) Inc. 136,936 137 ,0 8 6

T o w n sv ille C o m m u n ity L eg a l S erv ice Inc. 5 3 ,9 0 4 5 4 ,0 5 4

C e n tra l Q u e e n sla n d F in a n c ia l C o u n s e llin g S ervices 7 6 ,1 7 6 7 1 ,3 1 0

L ifelin e F a r N o rth Q u e e n sla n d 6 4 ,5 2 0 6 4 ,6 7 0

L ifelin e S u n sh in e C o a st/G y m p ie 3 6 ,8 1 0 4 1 ,8 6 6

L ifelin e B risb a n e 4 6 ,4 5 4 4 6 ,6 0 4

WESTERN AUSTRALIA F in a n c ia l C o u n se llo rs R e so u rce P ro je c t o f W A Inc. 38 ,1 7 0 3 8 ,3 2 0

M id la n d In fo rm a tio n , D eb t & L eg al A d v ice S erv ice In c 2 5 ,9 1 4 2 6 ,0 6 4

T h e U n itin g C h u rc h in A u s tra lia F ro n tie r S ervices 6 7 ,6 2 8 6 7 ,7 7 8

C ity o f W a n n ero o 3 7 ,3 2 6 3 7 ,4 7 6

SOUTH AUSTRALIA A d ela id e C e n tra l M is sio n Inc 8 6 ,4 0 2 8 6 ,5 5 2

W esley U n itin g M is sio n Inc 2 5 ,1 5 6 3 4 ,1 0 6

N o rw o o d C o m m u n ity L eg a l S erv ice Inc 26 ,6 1 2 2 6 ,7 6 2

P a ra D istric ts C o m m u n ity L eg a l S erv ice Inc 2 3 ,0 2 8 2 3 ,1 7 8

C o o b er P edy M u ltic u ltu ra l C o m m u n ity F o ru m Inc 56 ,0 7 2 5 6 ,2 2 2

TASMANIA - A n g lic a re T a s m a n ia In c 89 ,8 8 0 9 0 ,0 3 0

NORTHERN TERRITORY S o m erv ille C o m m u n ity S ervices Inc. 3 9 ,3 6 4 3 9 ,5 1 4

T a n g e n ty e re C o u n cil In c 4 8 ,7 0 8 4 8 ,8 5 8

A n g lic a re N T A n g lic a n C o m m u n ity S erv ices 6 5 ,2 9 4 6 5 ,4 4 4

TOTAL 1,908,320 1,933,160

W esley S en io r C a se w o rk e r fu n d in g 7 0 ,8 4 0 7 0 ,8 4 0

PROGRAM TOTAL 1,979,160 2,004,000