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Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Media Release

Twenty new financial counselling positions

29/01/2009

Twenty new financial counselling positions around Australia will increase access to free counselling for people under increasing pressure from the global financial crisis.

The Australian Government is providing an additional $1.6 million to boost financial counselling services.

The global financial crisis is placing increasing pressure on household budgets.

We know that many families are facing mortgage stress, credit card debt and cost of living pressures -often as a result of unemployment, sickness or family breakdown.

Having access to free community-based financial counsellors will help people make informed decisions about their situation and how best to manage their financial affairs.

It's important that we reach people early so that we can provide the support needed to reduce the likelihood of problems escalating.

The new positions include telephone financial counselling and specialist positions to assist with housing debt.

The positions are located in high need areas where there is currently little or no access to services.

These areas have been identified in consultation with State and Territory Governments and other stakeholders.

These positions will provide additional resources to the non-profit sector which is coping with the impact of the global financial crisis.

The funding for these new positions builds on the Government's earlier announcement of $3.5 million for 41 community and local government organisations to continue delivering financial counselling services around the country.

In the 2008-09 Budget, the Australian Government doubled funding for Commonwealth Financial Counsellors to $20 million over four years to provide more assistance to Australians under financial pressure.

The availability of professional financial counselling services can provide the help people need in these challenging financial times.

State/ Territory Region Provider

NSW Western Sydney

Granville Multicultural Community Centre Inc

NSW Mid-North Coast Anglicare North Coast Inc

NSW Richmond-Tweed

Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service Inc

VIC North West Melbourne FMC Relationship Services

VIC Greater Geelong

The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust

VIC Greater Dandenong FMC Relationship Services

QLD Logan City

Youth and Family Service (Logan City) Inc

QLD

Toowoomba/ Ipswich/ Upper West and Lower West Moreton/ Scenic Rim Lifeline Community Care QLD

QLD Gold Coast

Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre Inc

SA North and West Adelaide UnitingCare Wesley Bowden Inc

SA

Whyalla, Pirie, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Port Augusta

UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie Inc and Centacare Catholic Family Services, Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

NT North West Top End Anglicare NT

NT East and West Arnhem Anglicare NT

Tas Tasmania Anglicare Tasmania Inc

NSW/ACT Telephone Financial Counselling: Specialist Position - Housing debt Consumer Credit Legal Centre

(NSW) Inc

VIC

Specialist Position - Individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction Odyssey House Victoria

WA Telephone Financial Counselling Financial Counsellors Association of WA Inc

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