A bit of history
FCVic commenced in 1978 as the Financial Counsellor’s Association of Victoria (FCAV) as a means for workers in the newly founded profession to build networks and address the systemic social issues they had identified through their casework.
The Association continued its advocacy work under the name Consumer Advocacy and Financial Counselling Association of Victoria (CAFCA) from 1990.
Following a review of the Constitution in 1996, CAFCA restructured to become the Financial & Consumer Rights Council (FCRC) – the Victorian peak body for both financial counsellors and consumer support workers (a now defunct role).
From 2010, FCRC led the sector through a process of significant professionalisation, including contributing to Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) on the development of national standards for the profession
Once again, in 2019 the members adopted a new Constitution and a new name for the organisation: Financial Counselling Victoria (FCVic).
Over our long history, FCVic has grown to include over 300 financial counsellor, student and organisation members, all of which are focused on different areas of consumer protection and financial counselling practice. Members of FCVic are very active in supporting each other through participation in regional and statewide networks, and case-specific working groups.
The systemic advocacy, policy and project work of FCVic has contributed to an increase in the number of financial counsellors in Victoria. This has also resulted in the development of numerous resources to assist consumers and caseworkers to deal with financial hardship, and to advocate strongly for those who need it most.