Stop the Axing of Financial Counsellors Update

12 December 2018

The PSA and Financial Counselling members have been actively engaging with Members of Parliament from all sides to gain their support to prevent the Axing of the Financial Wellbeing Program.

The Department for Child Protection Financial Wellbeing Consultative Group has reconvened in a smaller and more workable group with members representing country and metro locations. The minutes of these meetings will be made available within five working days of meetings to all Financial Counsellors. The PSA welcomes feedback from all Financial Counsellors so we are able to represent you effectively in this forum. You can send any feedback to PSA by email.

This week the PSA is again working hard informing MP’s and key decision makers in Child Protection, such as the Guardian for Children and Young People Penny Wright about how important your program is for young people and their families.

The PSA has also met recently with the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association (SAFCA) and the South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) to discuss the services currently provided and what services are available with NGO’s. It is very clear the level of care and services provided by DCP staff will not be duplicated by the private sector. This has further reinforced the need to continue to fight for the Financial Wellbeing program to be maintained within DCP.

We believe there will be an increase in numbers of young people coming into care if the axing of the Financial Wellbeing Program continues. The Department is aware the service provided by NGO’s will not be as comprehensive and holistic as is currently provided. This means families will not have access to the level of service and once again fall through the cracks with increased risk of family breakdowns.

Cost savings of $3 million will be a drop in the ocean compared with the ongoing potential cost of more young people coming into care and the potential increase in homelessness when young people transitioning from care again fall through the cracks and are not able to maintain their rental properties, or have financial crisis, without the financial support currently provided.