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CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling – fully delivered online

October 28, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm AEDT

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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until February 12, 2021

This qualification is on the approved list of courses for Vet Student Loans. Check your eligibility here. To understand your obligations under the VET Student Loans program please see this document here, which includes information on the application process, ongoing student obligations, and how to cease accessing a VSL.

This course is delivered 100% online with in-house educator support available – no classroom attendance is required.

Help support and advocate for people in financial difficulty. 

Gain the skills and knowledge required to work as a financial counsellor, supporting people in need within a community legal or community services organisation. Financial counsellors have specialist knowledge of legal remedies and options to manage debt and financial difficulty, working as advocates to empower their clients. 

Working within a framework of social justice, financial counselling is a unique blend of counselling and advocacy. Financial counsellors require considerable knowledge in areas of law and policy, including; consumer credit law, bankruptcy, industry hardship policies, government concession frameworks and debt enforcement practices. 

This qualification is not related to the work performed by financial planners or financial advisers whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options and require a financial services licence for their work under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2010. This qualification is also not appropriate for financial capability workers.

Separate from the work of financial planners or advisers or therapeutic counsellors, the title of ‘counsellor’ reflects the way in which other issues may interact with financial issues. Psychological issues, which affect individuals, families and groups, such as; gambling, substance abuse, child abuse and mental or physical health problems, require informed responses from financial counsellors and referral to appropriate professional support. 

This qualification reflects the role of financial counsellors working in a variety of agencies that meet the requirements for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) exemption from a financial services or credit licence under ASIC class order 10/1063. Financial counsellors work across a variety of metropolitan, rural and remote settings.

Though this course structure does not address the specific learning and assessment requirements for Rural Financial Counsellors, this option is available. Please contact us for further information.

At the Institute, we understand the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds. We know how to support individuals in an engaging learning environment and best tailor education to different styles of learning. 


October 28, 2020
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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The Australian Institute of Social Relations
8245 8100


The Australian Institute of Social Relations
49a Orsmond Street
Hindmarsh, SA 5007 Select a Country:
(08) 82458100

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