UnitingCare Community has a range of resource materials available to share with the community. You are most welcome to download and print multiple copies of these materials to share with those who may benefit from being aware of one of our programs. However, keep in mind that we may make a few changes along the way so be sure to occasionally refresh your resources.
The global financial crisis of 2009 brought to the forefront of public debate the way financial wellbeing is essential in people's lives and what the impacts of poor financial literacy can be. The natural disasters experienced in early 2011 caused significant ongoing financial impact for many individuals, families and businesses. Financial counselling services are vital in assisting people who are experiencing financial stress. While funding for these services provided by both the Federal and Queensland governments has increased, it is insufficient to meet current and anticipated needs and none of this funding is ongoing (though this may change).
In 2012, UnitingCare Queensland has developed a discussion paper entitled Financial wellbeing urging the Federal and Queensland governments, the financial services industry and community organisations to work to reduce the financial stress on people and to increase financial literacy. UnitingCare Community's Financial Counselling service contributed to this report.
In May 2010, UnitingCare Community (then Lifeline Community Care Queensland) released a report, Our Financial Wellbeing – a report on financial stress in Queensland, demonstrating the need for financial counselling services in Queensland outlived the Global Financial Crisis.
UnitingCare Community operates the Financial Counselling program in over 40 locations in Queensland. This program provides free, independent and confidential Financial Counselling services to resource the community about their rights and responsibilities in relation to credit and debt issues.
Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is a contentious issue in the community. UnitingCare Queensland believes all asylum seekers should have their basic human rights met while waiting for their claims to be assessed. Community services supporting asylum seekers should be appropriately funded by government. UnitingCare Queensland has prepared a discussion paper that outlines its issues and concerns on this subject and recommends changes in government policy and funding. UnitingCare Community's Refugee Claimants Support Service contributed to this report.
In 2011-12, the work of Lifeline services in Queensland and UnitingCare Community has been encompassed in the broader UnitingCare Queensland Annual Report.
For more information on publications released by UnitingCare Community, please contact us on 07 3250 1900.