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How to become a financial counsellor

Financial counsellors come from all walks of life. Traditionally, the financial counselling sector attracts professionals from the welfare, finance, community services, psychology and business fields.

It is recommended that you speak to a practicing financial counsellor to understand the types of work that is carried out. Click here to go to the Money Smart government website, to find the contact details for a financial counsellor in your area. 

The Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) is the nationally recognised qualification. 

Extra information about becoming a financial counsellor can be found at the Financial Counselling Australia website.

What is a financial counsellor?

A financial counsellor is a person who can assist you with a range of services relating to personal finances. These include information and options on:

  • The rights and responsibilities of your finances
  • Understanding debts and debt recovery processes
  • Assistance with budgeting and money management
  • Assist you to voice your circumstances to creditors and others
  • Insolvency options