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ABOUT OUR ORGANISATION
Financial Counselling Victoria (FCVic) is the peak body and professional association for financial counsellors in Victoria. Financial counsellors provide free, independent and confidential information and advice to people experiencing financial vulnerability and/or hardship.
Financial counselling is based on an empowerment model, and is a reserved occupation under an ASIC Legislative Instrument. Financial counsellors in their professional practice undertake advocacy and capability building based on a holistic approach to clients and their communities; their work includes advocating for improved response and supports from government and industry to vulnerable consumers.
The purpose of FCVic is:
The key objectives of FCVic are that:
FCVic is governed by a Board consisting of eight financial counsellors elected by and from its membership, with up to two external directors co-opted for their expertise.
FCVic is a small organisation, with an Executive Officer and approximately 10 other staff. FCVic is committed to good governance to ensure that it remains focused on its purpose and delivers quality support and information to its members, and to the vulnerable communities with whom its members work.
The purpose of the Board is to govern FCVic so that its objects and purpose, as defined in the FCVic Constitution, are being met whilst also acting ethically and prudently, and complying with all its legal obligations. In doing so, the Board is the governance link between the FCVic membership and the organisation. It gets its authority from and is accountable to the FCVic membership.
FCVic Board membership is a voluntary role.
Due to retirements from the Board, there are currently 2 vacancies for co-opted members of the Board.
To fill these positions, the Board is looking for candidates interested in supporting the financial counselling sector, and with a strong understanding of the Board governance role in a membership association. The Board in particular would welcome candidates with legal or HR skills, or with expertise in risk and strategy.
The financial counselling sector is developing stronger links and integration with other service sectors, such as health and mental health, and candidates with a background in those sectors are also welcome to apply.