This month FCVic put forward a submission to Minister Rishworth on Response to the draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032. As set out in our submission, we urge the Government to address the failure of the draft National Plan to include economic security, including the role of the social security system. The draft National Plan needs to recognise the significance of financial abuse, economic insecurity and financial vulnerability of women and children. You can read more about the letter to the Hon Amanda Rishworth and our submission on the draft National Plan here.
FCVic, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne, held the first Insurance in a changing climate forum in Melbourne on Tuesday, 26 July. The event was well attended and featured three panels discussing and sharing insights and potential solutions related to the affordability, accessibility and sustainability of insurance. The forum brought together the perspectives of community lawyers, economists, actuaries, financial counsellors, industry, government, and academics. We thank the sponsors, Choice, Insurance Council of Australia, Consumer Action Law Centre, and Finity, for their support of this significant event.
Finally, we are full steam ahead with planning for our FCVic Conference on 20-22 September 2022 at the Pullman on the Park, East Melbourne, with close to 300 registrations and we are remaining optimistic this will be possible in person. For our financial counsellor members, the Conference awards presented at our gala dinner are now open and we invite you to consider nominating a colleague who has demonstrated excellence in service to our profession and the wider community, and who has achieved great things. To read further on how to nominate a financial counsellor and the award categories please click here.