State Cabinet has approved a service delivery model that transfers responsibility for funding of financial counselling to the Department of Local Government and Communities.
Financial counselling funding has been previously managed by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCPFS).
The change has been made to provide a more efficient face-to-face financial counselling service in the metropolitan area. It also allowed DCPFS to focus on services that promote the safety and wellbeing of at-risk children and their families.
The State Government has allocated $2 million per year for contracted financial counselling services in the metropolitan area through to 30 June 2018.
The funding will continue to provide a mix of face-to-face services and telephone support for vulnerable people experiencing financial hardship and requiring assistance to manage their situation.
DLGC's responsibilities will include both metropolitan and country services, as well as the service provided by the Financial Counsellors' Association of WA.