Banks to step up after review into financial counselling sector

Banks to step up after review into financial counselling sector
Staff ReporterDecember 7, 2020

Louise Sylvan's review of Financial Counselling Services has been released with banks hoping it will help them chart a path towards strengthening Australia’s financial counselling sector.

The Review highlights systematic issues that have plagued the the industry, while noting the importance of financial counsellors in helping Australians who are struggling to repay their debts, manage their household budgets, and provide for their families in a difficult environment.  

The CEO of the Australian Banking Association, Anna Bligh, said that financial counsellors were important to Australians and the banking industry who see them as valuable partners in helping vulnerable customers.

“Financial counsellors get people back on track when they’re experiencing some of the most difficult moments in their lives and provide a valuable education service to people with lower levels of financial literacy and capability,” Ms Bligh said.

“This review charts an important path forward to strengthen Australia’s financial counselling sector.”

Louise Sylvan, who is the former deputy chair of the ACCC, was appointed to lead the review earlier this year, after the Royal Commission (into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry) highlighted widespread unethical and criminal behaviour in financial counselling sector.  

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