Financial counselling services in metropolitan Perth are now operating under a new community partnership model, establishing a range of supports for people experiencing financial hardship.
In September, the State Government approved the transfer of financial counselling to the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC) from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
DLGC now partners with the community services sector to provide financial counselling services, enabling individuals and families to become more financially capable and improve their ability to manage their financial situation. Services include direct support and community education. Services are provided on a statewide basis.
Following a State Government tender process that concluded in October, a community sector partnership will be led by Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West.
The 10 organisations included in the partnership include UnitingCare West, Midlas, Blue Sky Community Group, The Spiers Centre, City of Wanneroo, Anglicare WA, Gosnells Community Legal Centre, Southcare, Mission Australia and the City of Cockburn.
The new service model will ensure flexibility and coverage of financial counselling across the Perth metropolitan area. Small, medium and large not-for-profit organisations will work together under a common set of principles to provide face-to-face and telephone services to individuals and families.
The State Government has allocated $2 million per year for contracted financial counselling services in the metropolitan area through to 30 June 2018.