Sector News (Page 25)

2 February 2015

SAFCA Consortium Submission to the AER

SAFCA and some twenty collaborating agencies that employ financial counsellors have sent a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator calling for power distribution prices in SA to be decreased.

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2 February 2015

Government funding of programs released soon

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

ACOSS announced the DSS’s decision to extend funding for services to agencies told on Christmas eve their funding would cease. Funding would also be released to those agencies whose tender applications were successful. See more information at the link

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30 January 2015

FCA 2014 Annual report released

Source: www.financialcounsellingaustralia.org.au/Corporate/News/FCA-Releases-2013-14-Annual-Report

SAFCA Members may find the FCA Annual Report of interest. Note especially the intention to develop a function at the Toolkit website that enables financial counsellors to record their PD hours and their Supervision hours. Note also the rolling out of national membership numbers across the entire sector.

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27 January 2015

eLearning for Financial Counsellors

Source: FOS Website www.fos.org.au/

Available online from Financial Counsellors Ombudsman two eLearning modules. Do them at your own pace in the privacy of your home (or workplace!).

The two modules currently available are:

Terms of reference – 3 online learning sessions that take you through some key aspects of the FOS’s Terms of Reference and Operational guidelines that apply to their dispute resolution process

Systemic Issues.- a module that helps you become familiar with the approach of FOS to the management of Systemic Issues – something they are required by ASIC to have in place.

Visit their website and click on the link to eLearning

http://www.fos.org.au/homepage/elearning/

 

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27 January 2015

FOS Update

Source: SA Financial Counsellor's E_Bulletin 20th Jan 2015

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26 June 2014

Economic Evidence About the Benefits of Financial Counselling – $5 return for each $1 invested

A cost-benefit analysis of financial counselling services funded by the Wyatt Trust in South Australia.

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