Initiatives database

The Financial Capability Initiatives Database provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of financial capability programs delivered by Government, private and not-for-profit organisations. The database provides information on the program type, organisation, target audience, delivery method and links to the program website. Search the database to find out what financial capability programs are currently available.

Program Description Organisation Target recipient Delivery method/s Website
Community Development Financial Institutions

Microenterprise (small business) activity supports individuals on a low income to increase their business planning an

Department of Social Services Individuals in receipt of an unemployment benefit, at risk of unemployment, women experiencing family violence, women who identify as Indigenous, have a disability or from a CALD background

Face to face support, online resource

https://www.dss.gov.au/grants/grants/funding-open-for-application/community-development-financial-institutions-cdfi-microenterprise-development

Community Legal Education

The Welfare Rights Centre hosts monthly community legal education events about the social security system, how it wor

Welfare Rights Centre Financially vulnerable

Face-to-face support

https://welfarerightscentre.org.au/community-legal-education

Community Legal Education QLD

Included as part of Legal Aids Community Legal Education Strategy which contributes to improving financial capability

Legal Aid QLD General

Online resource, workshops, publications, social media channels

https://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/Get-legal-help/Our-services/Community-legal-education

Consumer Credit Law Centre of SA

Provides free legal advice, legal representation and financial counselling for those experiencing consumer credit iss

Uniting Communities SA Vulnerable people

Financial counselling, face-to-face support, phone support

https://www.unitingcommunities.org/service/legal-services/consumer-credit

Counting on U

Aims to support the mental health and financial wellbeing of small businesses impacted by COVID-19, by building the ‘

Department of the Treasury Small business advisers

Face to face program

https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/counting-on-u/information-for-business-advisors/

Digital Cash flow coaching kit

A free resource for tax professionals and business advisors which is designed as a value-add advisory service to use

Australian Taxation Office Small businesses

Online resource

https://www.ato.gov.au/Tax-professionals/Support-and-communication/In-detail/Cash-flow-coaching-kit/

Ecstra Foundation

Ecstra is an independent, grant making charitable foundation committed to building the financial wellbeing of all Aus

Ecstra Foundation Aims to reach people across Australia, with a focus on young people, women, CALD communities, First Nations people and older Australians

Grants program

https://www.ecstra.org.au/

Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign

The campaign includes a hard-hitting video that reveals the ‘red flag phrases’ that can often indicate an older perso

Australian Human Rights Commission Older Australians

National campaign, social media channels

https://humanrights.gov.au/our-work/age-discrimination/projects/elder-abuse

Emergency Relief Program

Intakes are available Monday and Tuesday by appointment to community members in crisis.

The Neighbourhood Hub Financially vulnerable

Face-to-face support  

http://tnhub.org.au/programs/emergency-relief/

Entrepreneurship Facilitator initiative Department of Education, Skills and Employment New business owners

Face to face program, workshops

https://www.dese.gov.au/entrepreneurship-facilitators

ESSI Money

ESSI stands for Earning, Saving, Spending and Investing.

Financial Basics Foundation High school students

Online resource

https://www.financialbasics.org.au

Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops

Aims to help people determine if self-employment and entrepreneurship is the right pathway for them.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment New business owners

Face to face program, online program

https://www.dese.gov.au/exploring-being-my-own-boss-workshops

Financial Capability Sessions

Helps women develop longer term capability to budget and manage their financial situation through financial literacy

Good Shepherd ANZ People in the area who are: in receipt of a Commonwealth social security benefit, allowance or payment; or newly arrived migrants or noncitizens; or women experiencing family violence

Face-to-face support, phone support, videoconference, referral to other services

https://goodshep.org.au/services/financial-counselling-financial-capability-and-wellbeing/

Financial Capability Sessions National Program

Helps people affected by COVID-19 develop longer term capability to budget and manage their financial situation throu

Good Shepherd ANZ People on lower income ($45K) and couples ($50K) who have been affected by COVID-19 and seek financial capability support

Online resource, phone support, face-to-face support, referral to other services 

https://goodshep.org.au/services/household-relief/

Financial counselling

Aims to help people with budgeting and debts.

CCA New South Wales Ltd General

Financial counselling

https://ccas.org.au/community-support/

Financial Empowerment & Resilience Network

Helps people build their financial skills, knowledge and confidence.

Brotherhood of St Laurence General

Face to face support, online resource

https://www.bsl.org.au/services/saving-and-managing-money/fern/

Financial Independence Hub

A national program to support people impacted by financial abuse as a result of domestic and family violence.

Good Shepherd ANZ People 18yrs+, of any gender identity, who have been impacted by financial abuse as a result of domestic and family violence

Phone support, videoconference, referral to other services

https://goodshep.org.au/services/fih/

Financial Information Service

Helps financially vulnerable customers make informed decisions about their current and future financial needs.

Services Australia General, Financially vulnerable people

Online resource, face-to-face, phone support

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/fis

Financial Literacy

Aims to help people to deal with their finances through a 3 week program, tailored to different cohorts.

CCA New South Wales Ltd General

Face to face support

Financial Literacy App- WalletSmart

Aims to provide 'just in time' financial literacy education to tertiary students.

Western Sydney University and UniBank University Students

Online resource

https://doi.org/10.26183/r6bs-s098

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