Recognising members who have demonstrated excellence in service to our profession.

The Virginia Noonan Award

Each year FCVic presents the esteemed Virginia Noonan Award, named after one of our much respected Life Members.

Many current financial counsellors owe much of their knowledge to the pioneering training run by Virginia in the early 90s, long before any tertiary courses existed.


2019 – Tracey Grinter

2018 – Colin Handreck

2017 – Rachna Bowman

2016 – Donna Letchford

2015 – Ian Liddell

2014 – Garry Rothman

2013 – Robyn Shepherd-Murdoch

2012 – Ange Upton

2011 – Liz Fiveash

2010 – Judy Egan


Virginia’s involvement in the financial counselling sector goes back more than 30 years. In June 2014, the Devil’s Advocate published an interview with Virginia Noonan, an FCVic life member. We thank her for her time providing this interview.

Virginia Noonan (centre) delivering national financial counsellor training in 1990.

Nomination Process

Nominations are currently closed

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Nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Virginia Noonan Award.


The Virginia Noonan Award is awarded to a full member of FCVic who has demonstrated excellence in service to our profession or their clients over and above their normal duties as a financial counsellor.

Examples could include but are not limited to:

  • Successful advocacy and input into a test case to alter policy or legislation in regard to a financial or consumer issue
  • Resolving an extremely complex financial counselling case with far reaching implications, resulting in systemic change
  • Developing and presenting innovative community development/education initiatives
  • Serving on boards or committees in the consumer advocacy space


  • 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

Financial Counselling Victoria thanks Virginia Noonan for her support of this award.