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New FCA Partnership

13 January, 2022

We are pleased to announce that our software has been chosen by Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) as the strategic solution to help connect people in financial hardship to a network of local financial counselling agencies.

Financial counsellors provide free and confidential advice and support to people experiencing financial stress.

As Australia recovers from the pandemic, the need for financial counselling is more acute than ever.

Each year tens of thousands of people who have hit hard times ring the telephone financial counselling service, the National Debt Helpline seeking advice. Some people also need more intensive support and the Helpline refers over 40,000 people each year to a face-to-face financial counsellor.

Our software solution will make this referral process work more seamlessly and effectively, providing the National Debt Helpline with full visibility of appointment availabilities and specialities across the financial counselling agency network.

Financial Counselling Australia CEO, Fiona Guthrie said “We’re excited to be working with Verto on this project. The aim is to make it easier for people in financial hardship to connect with services that can help them. That’s good for our clients and also for our services, as it will unlock enormous efficiencies.”

One of the things that we have learnt during the pandemic is that financial stress can happen to just about anyone. Many, are just a few pay cycles away from struggling to pay day to day living expenses. We saw this when so many people lost their jobs. Other reasons that people seek advice from a financial counsellor is due to illness, relationship breakdown or low income.

Our CEO, Simon Berry said “We have a powerful suite of products to connect consumers to critical services quickly, easily and discreetly.  Financial counselling is an essential service, and they need technology partners backing them so that those connections are seamless”.

Our company has also been successfully providing software solutions to The Salvation Army’s Affordable SA program, a community gateway service to essential services that connects people to legal, emergency accommodation, food, finance, and domestic violence services.

“We are honoured to partner with Financial Counselling Australia and that our technology continues to be used in a way that is changing lives. Connecting people to critical support services when they are vulnerable and in a time of need is essential. We see the cost efficiencies and improved service delivery that our software provides our clients and know this results in more funding to frontline services to help meet the demands of these vital support services.” Simon Berry said.

Our new partnership with Financial Counselling Australia commences in the first quarter of 2022.

Watch this space.

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