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AFSA visits the North



AFSA, ICAN, SHAC and Uniting Care representatives meet at ICAN to talk bankruptcy, debt agreements and law reform.

Inspector-General in Bankruptcy, Hamish
McCormick from the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) visited ICAN
earlier this month to speak with the Cairns regions Financial Counselling and
Capability community.  Representatives
from Uniting Care, Shelter Housing Action Cairns and ICAN heard first hand how
AFSA is managing the application of bankruptcy and personal property security
laws through regulation and enforcement. 
Mr McCormick discussed emerging and current issues relating to
bankruptcy and debt agreements; and law reform.

ICAN Financial Counsellor, Unaisi Buli
said, “I was interested in hearing about the financial information provided to
people under financial/insolvency stress and how AFSA both promotes and values
its relationship with the Financial Counselling sector.” I think the group also
really appreciated the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas about how AFSA
can improve its personal insolvency system operations.”

President of the Financial Counsellors
Association of Queensland (FCAQ) and ICAN Operations Manager, Jon O’Mally
coordinated the lunch workshops in Townsville and Cairns. “It was great to meet
Mr McCormack, put a face to the name and gain a direct insight into the
insolvency space”, said Mr O’Mally. “We intend on having more professional
development and peer sessions in North Queensland throughout the Year.”

Uniting Care Financial Resilience and Wellbeing
Service Leader, Mai Moua supports the opportunity to have community of practice
meetings concept saying, “It was great to see everyone and all the different
agencies come together.”