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Save the Children support the financial wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Northern Queensland.
We provide financial counselling and training to develop budgeting skills to families through the Gulf Financial Wellbeing program - helping to reduce the impact of financial stress on their lives.
Why financial wellbeing is important for children
In remote Aboriginal communities in Northern Queensland, low literacy and numeracy rates, inadequate budgeting skills and high unemployment can severely affect already vulnerable families. Many find themselves in debt and unable to provide for their children or plan for the future.
Save the Children’s Gulf Financial Wellbeing program
Our Financial Wellbeing program is run in Normanton and through our Children and Family Centres in Doomadgee and Mornington Island. We help families repay debts and build good budgeting habits so they can strengthen their financial position. This helps parents better plan for their future and provide for their children.
As well as raising community awareness about how to manage money, we work with individuals and families on a one-off or ongoing basis – depending on their needs. This may involve negotiating and advocating on behalf of a family who owes money to creditors, accessing superannuation, applying for No Interest Loans or accessing Indigenous Home Ownership programs. We also provide referrals to other community service providers.
The program provides local employment opportunities supported by training and capacity building to enable qualified employees to deliver the financial management support services in each community.
How we know we’re helping families
The Financial Wellbeing program has assisted 420 families since it began in 2012.- Equipping families with the skills to lift themselves out of debt and to efficiently budget, we are helping to relieve short-term financial burden and ensure children’s needs are met. We are also helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents learn new skills and good habits that they can pass on to their children.
Who makes our program possible
We’re grateful to the Australian Government who make the Gulf Financial Wellbeing program possible.