Our financial counselling services are available to anyone having a hard time with money—be that debt, job loss, insurance claims, fines, or perhaps just feeling out of control. We offer you non-judgemental, free and confidential financial information, advice and advocacy.
Right now, we are helping thousands of people across the state—just like you—to get back to normality and regain their financial wellbeing.
Everyone needs help from time to time—and that’s ok. Maybe it’s a few surprise bills during a difficult time, or perhaps you’re dealing with long-term challenges. Whatever your situation, we’ll stand beside you as you get things back in order.
Things might be hard for you right now, but we know that you can overcome your challenges, however big they may seem today.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU
We can help anyone under financial pressure:
- Anyone unable to meet their ongoing expenses.
- Anyone facing sudden or long-term unemployment; working or retired. (AV’s financial counselling services are not means-tested.)
- Anyone with debt or financial problems that are negatively affecting their financial security, mental or physical health.
- Anyone that has an injury or disability affecting their ability to earn or stay in control of their finances.
- Anyone with affected housing, employment or financial security due to recent crises such as the 2020 Bushfires, or COVID-19.
FINANCIAL WELLBEING WITH ANGLICARE VICTORIA
Our qualified and dedicated Financial Counsellors will review your financial situation and provide information and options for better decision making. They may also advocate on your behalf where necessary.
Get real help
We understand that you may be facing more than just financial problems; we know that asking for help can be hard—that’s why we start with listening. Come in and tell us what’s been going on for you; you’ll be in safe hands.
Remove stress from your life
Our staff will provide tips and tools for making the most out of your money. We can provide helpful information and ideas to stay on top of your mortgage, bills and food while keeping a little spare for the fun things in life.
Deal to your debt
We can suggest payment plans for overdue fines or gas and electricity debts, help deal with credit card and loan repayments and give information on the bankruptcy process. If debt collectors are contacting you, we may contact companies on your behalf.
We have one of the largest Financial Counselling networks in the state. We aim to respond within 48 hours of receiving your contact. Our qualified Financial Counsellors can make assessments on your financial situation and provide dedicated assistance.
HELPFUL RESOURCES FROM OUR EXPERT FINANCIAL COUNSELLORS
- Help accessing Centrelink support payments
- Help for those struggling to pay phone bills
- Understanding rent arrears
- Facts about eviction and negotiating a rent reduction
- Recovering financially from a natural disaster
SUPPORT FOR NATURAL DISASTERS AND CRISES
If you have lost employment due to COVID-19 Contact Centrelink to discuss your options, you may be best to do this via their website.
You can also contact the National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007 to discuss your options or visit MoneySmart for lots more financial tips, tools and information during these challenging times.
For those affected by the recent bushfires in Gippsland or North East, our Financial Counsellors are providing outreach services from government-supported community hubs. Our Financial Counsellors can assist you with information and options concerning your insurance claim. Please contact our dedicated bushfire support:
Financial Counselling in Gippsland 1800 286 260
Financial Counselling in the North East 1800 244 323
EXTRA SUPPORT SERVICES
- Emergencies – 000
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
- Parentline – 13 22 89
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
- Safe Steps Family Violence – 1800 015 188
- Carers Australia – 1800 242 636
- Coronavirus Hotline – 1800 675 398