Mental Health, Financial Wellbeing and the Workplace

Financial stress is on the rise in Australia, and there is a proven link between mental health and financial wellbeing.  This webinar featured a keynote by Dr Grant Blashki, Lead Clinical Advisor for Beyond Blue, and a panel featuring Irene Verins, Wellness and Prevention Programs Lead at Beyond Blue, Josh Vernon, CEO Wagestream, and Michael […]

Northern Adelaide launches its FIAP

Building a Financially Resilient Community Where People Thrive Today Good Shepherd is proud to join with nine other organisations across Northern Adelaide who have come together to launch a place-based FIAP. This plan contains practical actions that these organisations have committed to in order to enhance the financial resilience and financial wellbeing of their community. Good […]

Suncorp deepens commitment with their first Build FIAP

Suncorp Group has today become the first financial institution to launch a Build FIAP.   Moving on from its initial Foundation FIAPs launched in 2016 and 2018, the Build FIAP demonstrates leadership in financial inclusion through longer-term commitments to actions.  The plan includes a Leadership action that will explore lower-cost home insurance solutions, ensuring people with lived experience […]

Geelong FIAP Pioneers: Driving positive change

In February 2020, ten pioneering organisations launched Australia’s first place-based Financial Inclusion Action Plan to address the issues of financial stress and hardship affecting the local communities in Geelong. Since then, the Pioneers have played a critical role in assisting those in the Geelong community who have experienced the worst financial impacts of the COVID-19 […]

Wannon Water launches Australia’s first Build FIAP

Today we are delighted to announce that Wannon Water has become the first FIAP member to launch a Build Financial Inclusion Action Plan. Since 2016, over 40 organisations have launched Foundation Action Plans that represent the first steps towards a more financially inclusive society. “Build” plans represent the next step, with longer-term, deeper commitments. Build […]

Transurban: Strengthening communities through transport

We recently caught up with Jane Calvert, Customer and Communities Advocate at Transurban to reflect on their incredible journey since launching the Foundation FIAP and completing the Progress Verification* with EY. Here are some highlights of our conversation: Congratulations on recently completing the Progress Verification with EY and your Foundation FIAP. What has been a […]

QBE launches their FIAP to support vulnerable customers and communities

Vivek Bhatia, Chief Executive Officer at QBE Australia Pacific said that the launch of the FIAP was particularly timely amidst the health and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19. “We know that many Australians are doing it tough right now. The drought, the bushfires and now the COVID-19 crisis have created significant hardship for many in […]

CUA Launches Foundation FIAP

Australia’s largest member-owned banking organisation, CUA, has today released its Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP), supported by more than $1 million in community investment to address vulnerability. The FIAP includes a continued focus on issues that contribute to financial stress, some of which have been potentially exacerbated by COVID-19: Helping Australians overcome barriers to home […]

New action plan to tackle financial hardship in Geelong

In an Australian first, ten businesses and organisations have banded together to launch a city-wide plan to combat growing financial hardship. With around 40,000 thousand Geelong residents living on low incomes and many unable to access regular banking or financial services, the group of businesses, government, academia and community organisations has committed to a ‘city-specific’ plan […]

IAG launches its FIAP

IAG released its Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) on 14 March 2020. Peter Harmer, IAG Managing Director and CEO, is excited to have committed to the plan. “Our purpose inspires us to explore all the ways we can make our customers, our people and our communities safer – insurance plays a critical role in providing financial […]