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Anglicare Tasmania Inc - Financial Counselling Service

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This service is available on the Anglicare website and provides an online, one-to-one chat service that is confidential and free for all Tasmanian residents. The service provides support and assistance to individuals and families experiencing financial difficulty. <a href="https://www.anglicare-tas.org.au/page/online-financial-counselling"> Anglicare</a> also provides financial counselling and financial literacy/education sessions to community groups upon request.

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ANZ and The Smith Family - Saver Plus

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Saver Plus was developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ to help families on low incomes establish a savings habit, become long-term savers and build financial skills, knowledge and confidence. Saver Plus ,matches families' savings dollar-for-dollar up to $500 and has been implemented in
Tasmania through a partnership with ANZ and The Smith Family. The program is designed to help people save for their own or their children's education.

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ANZ Banking Group - MoneyMinded

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An adult financial education program with videos, calculating tools, and activities developed to assist people to build their financial skills, knowledge and confidence. The site also has information about how to become MoneyMinded facilitators.

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ANZ MoneyBusiness

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ANZ MoneyBusiness is a program that aims to help build the money management skills and confidence of Indigenous people and develop a stronger savings culture in their community. <a href="http://www.anz.com/about-us/corporate-sustainability/community/investing/moneybusiness/">MoneyBusiness</a> is delivered by the ANZ Banking Group in partnership with the Australian Government and local Indigenous organisations.

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Australian Bankers Association

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The <a href="http://www.bankers.asn.au/Consumers/Fact-Sheets">Australian Bankers Association </a>has a number of fact sheets dealing with financial literacy such as <em>Planning for Home Ownership, Planning for Retirement, Smart Investing</em>, and <em>Smart Insurance</em>. Others fact sheets include:&nbsp;

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<li><em>Smarter Banking &ndash; Make Credit Work for You:</em>&nbsp; a booklet that provides basic facts about credit - the benefits and pitfalls of different types of credit, helpful tips on keeping credit under control and what to do if credit becomes a problem.&nbsp;
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<li><em>Smarter Money &ndash; Take Control and Stay on Top of your Finances</em>:&nbsp; this booklet provides consumers with tools and tips to develop good money habits for now and for the long term.&nbsp;
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<li><em>Smarter Super &ndash; Make the Most of Your Retirement</em>:&nbsp; this booklet has simple information on superannuation and is designed to assist employees who are able to choose their own superannuation fund.
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Australian Bankers Association - Financial Literacy Program

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The <a href="http://www.bankers.asn.au/Consumers/Financial-Literacy">Australian Bankers Association</a> (ABA) provides a program that aims to ensure that all Australians can understand how to behave with their finances, manage their money, increase their savings, make good investment decisions, manage their
debt and understand how to behave with their spending.

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Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Rural Financial Counselling Service

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Rural Financial Counselling Tasmania is a confidential and free service providing information and support for the farming community. The aims are to:<br><br> * help farm families assess and understand their financial position; <br>* assist in identifying options and develop a plan of action; <br>* support and facilitate their financial decisions; and<br> * make people aware of their eligibility for various benefits or assistance to which they are entitled.

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Australian Securities & Investment Commission - MoneySmartfinancial tips and safety checks

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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is the consumer protection regulator for financial services. ASIC’s MoneySmart consumer website provides financial tips and tools such as apps to help you start a budget and stay on track. The website also offers safety checks for consumers, and information on finance and investments, dealing with debt and financial complaints.

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Australian Securities Exchange - Online Investment Classes

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Online investment education provided by Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Learn how to invest in the share market through practical knowledge, from basic concepts through to advanced materials.

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Australian Securities Investments Commission - Women

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A series of resources including a toolkit with information on retirement, debt, children’s education and life events that can impact on your finances such as divorce, losing your job or becoming a carer.

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Australian Tax Office - Superannuation

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This website provides information on superannuation for individuals and employers. Topics include: choice of superannuation fund, lost superannuation, self-managed funds, growing your super and general superannuation information. The website includes fact sheets, calculators and online services.

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Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman

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The Banking and Financial Service Ombudsman (BFSO) provides a Bulletin for young people, their parents, teachers and advisers. The Bulletin highlights cases involving problems experienced by young people with mobile phone, credit card and other debt.

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Centrelink - Financial Information Service

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The Financial Information Services (FIS) helps people make informed decisions about investment and financial issues for their current and future financial needs, including aged care and planning for retirement. FIS is independent, free and confidential and provides services through seminars and over the phone (by appointment).

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Centrelink - Managing your money

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&nbsp;This <a href="https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/managing-your-money">website</a> has a range of information about budgeting, building savings, managing debt and also includes a series of tools and calculators such as a rent versus buy calculator and a child support estimator.

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Child Support Agency, Commonwealth - Community Services Directory

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An online search engine designed to enable individuals to locate relevant services, including financial services, in their location. Search for services by State and support category (for example, money, raising children or housing)

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CHOICE - Saving Money

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This website offers independent and trusted tests, reviews and investigations on products and services to help your money go further. CHOICE Online features consumer rights and finance content, including topics such as banking, investing, borrowing, insurance information and product comparisons.

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Colonial First State

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The <a href="http://www3.colonialfirststate.com.au/">Colonial First State </a>website has online resources including podcasts, reports and articles that aim to provide educational material on a range of investing topics, such as managed funds, tax and investing strategies, margin lending and superannuation.

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Commonwealth Bank Foundation - Financial Literacy Curriculum Resource

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A free resource to help teachers improve their students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of financial literacy.

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Commonwealth Bank Foundation - StartSmart Teacher Development Workshop

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Programs for secondary school students and their teachers. Workshops give teachers the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, meet fellow practitioners, closely explore financial literacy in the curriculum and share ideas around financial literacy education. The Workshops give students the opportunity to share ideas, play games, learn new skills and leave them better equipped to deal with financial challenges.

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Commonwealth Financial Counselling Program

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The program funds community organisations and local government community service organisations to provide free financial counselling to people who are experiencing personal financial difficulties. This site has information about national initiative including the national Financial Helpline 1800 007 007.

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CPA Australia

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<p><a href="https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/professional-resources">CPA Australia</a> has an online based series of consumer articles on money management issues and advice for finding a financial planner.
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Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - Commonwealth Financial Counselling

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The program funds community organisations and local government community service organisations to provide free financial counselling to people who are experiencing personal financial difficulties. In Tasmania, Anglicare is funded through this program. FaHCSIA also produce a number of resources such as: <i>Investing for Your Retirement (booklet); Investing Money – Your Choices</i> (website information pages); and Understanding Retirement Income Streams (a web-based explanation of retirement income streams, and how to use them).

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Finance First project (Citigroups Australia and YWCA NSW) - Makingcents

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An online package of curriculum based materials for delivery to primary school students. Includes lesson plans, units of work, advice to teachers, games, student worksheets, and web based materials. Programs for lower, middle and upper primary school covering: using money, budgeting and spending, and calculating costs.

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Financial Literacy Foundation - Women Understanding Money information sheets

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A series of 14 information sheets to assist women in building their money skills, no matter what their life stage. Includes topics on budgeting, saving, investing, making the most of your superannuation, and case studies, tips and jargon busters.

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Financial Ombudsmen Services

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The Financial Ombudsmen Services provides accessible, fair and independent dispute resolution for consumers and financial services providers.

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Financial Planning Association of Australia - Consumer Publications

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Includes publications designed to provide useful information on understanding the need for and value of financial planning

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Financial Planning Association of Australia - Education programs

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A web and CD-based program designed to help teenagers improve their financial skills and give them confidence when dealing with financial matters throughout their life.

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HSBC Bank Australia Limited - Financial Literacy and Numeracy Project (FLIP)

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The FLIP project has been developed to enable welfare support workers to assist families with limited resources, by providing training, information and valuable links.

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ING Australia - Calculator for Investors

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Online calculators for savings, super, budget planning and investing.

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Linkzone

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The Linkzone web portal, which is designed for young Tasmanians between the ages of 12-25 years, provides online access to a range of services and information through advisory and information websites on <a href="http://www.linkzone.tas.gov.au/topics/managing_money/budget">money management</a>.

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Money Stuff - Financial advice for young people

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This NSW Government initiative provides information and resources specifically designed for young people such as apprenticeships, paying bond, car warranties, casual employment and study leave.

http://www.moneystuff.net.au

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Money Stuff - Financial advice for young people

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This NSW Government initiative provides information and resources specifically designed for young people such as apprenticeships, paying bond, car warranties, casual employment and study leave. There is also a link to teaching resources such as lesson content and lesson planning ideas.

http://www.moneystuff.net.au

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Ombudsman Tasmania

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The Ombudsman is an independent officer with the role of investigating the administrative actions of public authorities to ensure that their actions are lawful, reasonable and fair.

Authorities within the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction include government departments, local councils, water and sewerage corporations, prisons, state-owned companies and Government Business Enterprises.

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Parents guide to child support - Commonwealth Department of Human Services

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This online resource has information on your choices as a parent going through separation and on navigating <a href="https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/parents-guide-child-support">child support</a>.

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RateCity

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RateCity provides comparisons on home loans, personal loans, car loans, credit cards, savings accounts and term deposits and provides information about the various options available.

http://www.ratecity.com.au

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Rural Financial Counselling Service Project

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A program providing grants to state, regional and community level organisations to provide free and impartial rural financial counselling to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses who are suffering financial hardship and who have no alternative sources of impartial support. This service is available in every region of Tasmania.

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Salvation Army - Moneycare service for financial troubles

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The Salvation Army's Moneycare service offers a range of support options to help including financial counselling, financial crisis support and assistance with debt and gambling.

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Superannuation Complaints Tribunal

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The Tribunal is an independent dispute resolution body which deals with a diverse range of superannuation-related complaints and offers a free, 'user-friendly' alternative to the court system. They also have a large collection of brochures on this topic which can be downloaded from their website.

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Tasmanian Government, Department of Justice, Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

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This website provides guidance to consumers and business on a range of topics including scams, buying a car, warranties and how to lodge a complaint.

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Westpac Banking - Financial Literacy

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This section of Westpac’s website is dedicated to financial literacy. From here you can link through to <i>Financial First Steps</i> publications.

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Westpac Banking's Davidson Institute for financial literacy

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This section of Westpac’s website is dedicated to financial literacy. From here you can link through to Financial First Steps publications and webinars for business, personal or community advice.

https://www.davidsoninstitute.edu.au

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Women's Legal Service Tasmania - Girls Gotta Know: Money

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The Girls Gotta Know website has information specifically designed for young women and girls on managing your money, making smart purchases and understanding loans and debts.

http://girlsgottaknow.com.au/money/

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Women's Legal Service Tasmania - Girls Gotta Know: Money

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This website has information specifically designed for young women and girls on managing your money, making smart purchases and understanding loans and debts.

http://girlsgottaknow.com.au/money/

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general information and is no substitute for financial advice.  The Tasmanian Government is not liable in any way to any person for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred as a result of the material contained in this site. For more information please read the full disclaimer.