Recognising the achievements of our newest members.

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is for a Full or Associate member of the FCVic who has demonstrated excellence in financial counselling service delivery.

The Rising Star Award was presented for the first time at the 2015 FCRC conference. The award recognises the work of a new Full or Associate member of FCVic, having held membership for less than three years, who has demonstrated excellence in service delivery.


2019 – Kylie McLoughlin

2018 – Issam Alameh

2017 – Susan Orchard

2016 – Bronwyn Seiter

2015 – Julie Barrow

2015 Rising Star Julie Barrow (left) with 2016 Rising Star Brownyn Seiter (right).

Nomination Process

Nominations are currently closed

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Nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Rising Star Award.


This award is for a financial counsellor who has recently completed the Diploma of Financial Counselling or who is currently completing the diploma. The nominee must have less than three years’ membership with FCVic.

Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Successful advocacy on a case that displayed innovation or original thinking
  • Resolving a complex financial counselling case
  • Developing and presenting innovative Community Development/ Education initiatives


  • Provide a summary of why you think your colleague would be a worthy recipient of the award.
  • Make sure you address the criteria, for example, by outlining how the nominee has helped their community over and above their job description as a financial counsellor.
  • Although you don’t have to tell the nominee that you’re nominating them, we encourage you to do so. This is to ensure that the person you intend to nominate accepts the nomination.
  • The nominated person doesn’t have to be present at the awards presentation in order to win. The award can be accepted on their behalf. (It’s up to the nominator to arrange this beforehand.)
  • Nominators may attach additional pages and supporting materials to the nomination form.
  • The board will be looking for examples which demonstrate outcomes that exceed expectations for a financial counsellor that is relatively new to the sector.
  • Once a decision is made no further correspondence will entered into as to how it was arrived at.


30 September 2020


The award is presented at the annual FCVic Conference Dinner