(02) 6257 1788
Care inc. is a community organisation set up to ensure low income consumers are treated fairly and have support to overcome debt.
People usually contact us when they are in debt and not sure what to do or how to negotiate with creditors, when they need information about financial matters, when they want to look through their budget and see where the money is going or want to talk through the stresses of living on a low or restricted income.
All Care services are offered free of charge.
If you would like to contact the service you can telephone a financial counsellor, who can give you information about your particular situation and/or make an appointment for you with the most suitable Care service.
The telephone information service is available weekdays between 9.00am – 4.30pm
Phone 1800 007 007
After-hours Drop-in Service
Wednesday 4.30 – 6.30pm. People will be seen in order that they arrive.
Provides information on financial issues such as budgeting and options on dealing with debt
Will prepare a budget if required
Makes referrals to other services where appropriate
Does not write or phone creditor’s on your behalf
Does not give out money
Care operates outreach services at:
Belconnen Central Access Point
Lanyon Community Centre
For an appointment call 1800 007 007
When you speak to a financial counsellor you may find that you need more than quick information over the telephone. Information appointments with a financial counsellor can be made to provide you with more detailed information and assessment of your financial situation or a referral to another service. These appointments may take up to two hours.
Financial Counselling Casework Service
This service is for people who have more complex needs requiring financial counselling and ongoing support and advocacy. The service works in a way that recognises underlying issues that affect people’s financial life and well-being.
In the casework service, you are allocated a financial counsellor. You and your counsellor work together. This may involve checking that you are legally liable for the debts, checking that you are receiving all your entitlements, undertaking an assessment of your current financial situation, explaining your options, contacting creditors to negotiate payment arrangements and linking to other supports that you request.
Housing Financial Counselling Service
This service assists Housing ACT and community housing tenants who have rental arrears. It includes short term or ongoing assistance for clients.
Gambling Financial Counselling Service
This service assists people who are affected by problem gambling. The financial counsellor can:
provide assistance and support to clients or their families in relation to their financial issues
provide options to assist in resolving financial matters
refer to other specialist services where appropriate
"Ensuring low income and vulnerable consumers are treated fairly and to support them to overcome debt"
Care Inc. Financial Counselling Service © 2012 Disclaimer: This site is not intended to replace direct financial counselling or legal advice. Every effort has been made to ensure the information on the site is accurate. Although we will update it regularly, there may be mistakes and things may change.