We invite those working in the community-based financial counselling sector to join FCVic.

Membership categories

We currently offer four categories of membership for individuals, and one for organisations. Please select a category below to view the eligibility criteria and membership costs.

Full membership is for individuals who are currently working as financial counsellors, and have the appropriate qualification, or are diploma qualified and have the appropriate experience and CPD points.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • › Has had 24 months full-time experience working as a financial counsellor (including while studying if relevant)
  • › Holds the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • › If working as a financial counsellor, meets requirements for continuing professional development and supervision

OR

  • If not working as a financial counsellor, meets requirements for continuing professional development.

MEMBERSHIP COST

Individual Members pay their membership fees depending only on the number of hours they work each week. This is based on the hours that they are employed OVERALL per week, and NOT on the hours they are employed to do casework or financial counselling per week.

Part-time employment (under 20 hours a week): $175.00 per calendar year

Full-time employment (20 hours plus a week): $275.00 per calendar year


APPLY FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP

Associate membership is open to individuals who have completed the diploma, but have not met the work experience requirements for Full membership.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • › Working as a financial counsellor
  • › Holds the Diploma of Financial Counselling and has not yet had 24 months full-time experience, however meets the requirements for continuing professional development and supervision

MEMBERSHIP COST

Individual Members pay their membership fees depending only on the number of hours they work each week. This is based on the hours that they are employed OVERALL per week, and NOT on the hours they are employed to do casework or financial counselling per week.

Part-time employment (under 20 hours a week): $175.00 per calendar year

Full-time employment (20 hours plus a week): $275.00 per calendar year


APPLY FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Student membership is for individuals who are studying for the Diploma of Financial Counselling.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • › Actively studying for the Diploma of Financial Counselling

MEMBERSHIP COST

Student membership: $125.00 per calendar year


APPLY FOR STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

Affiliate membership is for individuals who are not working as financial counsellors (including retired workers), or who are working in a similar field.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • › An individual working in the financial counselling sector in a related role but not as a financial counsellor

OR

  • › Holds an accredited Diploma of Financial Counselling, but is not working as a financial counsellor and has not met the requirements for continuous professional development

MEMBERSHIP COST

Affiliate membership: $200.00 per calendar year


APPLY FOR AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

Agency Membership is for organisations who employ or engage financial counsellors and share a mutual interest in the work undertaken by the FCVic. Employer agencies, community legal services and academic institutions are eligible for agency membership.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • › Be a Non-Profit Organisation
  • › Employ or engage financial counsellors
  • › Satisfy the criteria for the ASIC credit licensing relief for financial counselling agencies
  • › Agree to support the Continuous Professional Development and Professional Supervision requirements prescribed by the Board

Each Agency member may appoint an Agency Representative. The Agency Representative must be a manager who has one or more financial counsellors reporting to them. The representative will be included in the email distribution list for Agency Members and receive access to member-only content through the FCVic website.


MEMBERSHIP COST

Agency membership: $99.00 per calendar year


APPLY FOR AGENCY MEMBERSHIP

Application process

Select the membership category you would like to apply for and click the link to submit your application online.

All applications for individual membership must be approved by the FCVic Board. The Board meets on a monthly basis, and will review any applications received since the previous meeting.

You will be notified of the outcome of the Board’s decision within the week of the meeting. If you have already paid your membership fees, your membership will be activated immediately following approval by the Board.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to provide additional information about their circumstances before a decision can be reached.

Compliance

FCVic membership is dependent on compliance with the National Standards for Membership & Accreditation, and the FCVic Constitution. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Professional Supervision pave the way for best practice service delivery and provide opportunities for members to continually improve and broaden their skills.

What does membership cover?

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS:

Representation by FCVic, the sector’s peak body in Victoria

Participation in Continuous Professional Development and expand your skills base

Discounted attendance at our flagship event, the FCVic Annual Conference

Access to member only content on our website

Plenty of networking opportunities with our Working Groups and Regional Networks

Be part of a professional peak body committed to advancing the rights of low-income people in Victoria

AGENCY MEMBERS:

Access to the financial counsellor locum directory service

Free advertising for position vacancies on the FCVic website and in member newsletters

Member-rate for FCVic conference registration for the Agency Representative

Access to the FCA Toolkit and Agency Managers’ discussion forum

Provides contribution towards quarterly Agency Managers’ network meetings, including ICT requirements, venue hire, catering, and office resourcing

Opportunity to participate in sub-committees or working groups at the invitation of the FCVic Board

Find out about professional development
Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program offers a series of learning sessions that members can access to meet their professional development requirement for practice.
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