Sector News (Page 22)

4 May 2015

Compare gas & electricty costs

Source: www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/

The link takes you to the free, independent, Australian Government website developed to help consumers compare all the generally available energy offers in their area. It also contains a range of other useful information and tips to help consumers understand energy and their rights and obligations.

 

 

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1 May 2015

Good news on electricity costs

Source: www.sacoss.org.au/sacoss-welcomes-aer-decision-sa-power-networks-proposal

A small but positive step towards assisting South Australians with the costs of using electricity.

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27 April 2015

National Consumer Fraud Week Campaign – May 18 to May 24

Source: www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1215865

Watch out for this week long campaign – the focus will be on data theft and being on the lookout for scammers.

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27 April 2015

Holiday NOW – Pay Later !?

Source: www.news.com.au/finance/money/too-good-to-be-true-warning-for-cash-strapped-australians-who-sign-up-to-interest-free-holiday-deals/story-fnagkbpv-1227322174073

A looming issue for financial counsellors-  assisting those who purchase a holiday that they (plan to) pay for later!!  Not only can you purchase whitegoods on ‘credit free’ terms, now the overseas holiday can be bought ‘on the never never’.

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7 April 2015

“Devil’s Advocate” the Journal for the Financial Counselling Sector

Source: www.fcrc.org.au/wp-content/uploads//2015/03/Devils-Advocate_March-2015.pdf

Please click on this link to access the March edition of the ‘The Devil’s Advocate’.  Articles include: ‘Death of a Spouse. Legal and Administrative Implications’,  ‘Online Advocacy Tool’, and ‘Consumer Fraud Awareness Week, 2015’.

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7 April 2015

Stories from Financial Counsellors Across Australia

Source: www.fos.org.au/community/postcards-and-profiles/#id=undefined

Read stories of others working in the sector across this vast nation.  Be inspired, challenged and motivated!!

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7 April 2015

New Guidelines to Prevent Hardship for Energy Consumers

Source: sacoss.org.au/sites/default/files/public/documents/Reports%20copy%201/Better_Practice_Guidelines_FINAL-min2.pdf

Newly published by SACOSS – A Better Practice Guideline for Energy Retailers. Of value for financial counsellors especially when working with clients facing debts with energy providers.

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17 March 2015

ASIC report puts Pay Day Lenders on Notice

Source: www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-releases/15-056mr-asic-puts-payday-lending-industry-on-notice-to-lift-standards/

ASIC’s review found particular compliance risks around the tests for loan suitability, which must be considered when the consumer has multiple other payday loans or is in default under a payday loan.

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3 March 2015

ACOSS Calls for URGENT review of Cuts to Welfare Budget

Source: www.acoss.org.au/media/release/national_call_for_urgent_reversal_of_1_billion_worth_of_damaging_cuts_to_co

Joint Press Conference:
Who: ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie, and Directors of all eight state and territory councils of social service
When: 10.30am Tuesday March 3, 2015

Councils of Social Service (COSS) across Australia have today joined forces to call on the Federal Government to urgently reverse the damaging cuts to community services so that they can continue to support the country’s most vulnerable.

 

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27 February 2015

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP STANDARDS

SAFCA is pleased to announce that the new National Membership Standards were recently ratified by the SAFCA Board

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