About Us

 

The Financial Counsellors Association Tasmania (FCAT) is a professional body for Financial Counsellors in Tasmania. It is a small association, run by volunteers. Financial Counsellors are, by definition, independent and do not charge a fee for service.

FCAT’s role is to support the financial counselling profession in Tasmania. We set the professional development and supervision requirements for financial counsellors and provide training and networking opportunities for members. FCAT also advocates on behalf of the clients of financial counsellors for a fairer marketplace that will prevent financial problems in the first place.

FCAT is an incorporated association and is governed by a management committee elected on an annual basis. All members of the management committee undertake their roles in a voluntary capacity.

FCAT is a member of Financial Counselling Australia, the peak body for financial counsellors in Australia.

We have a small but dedicated committee.

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President

Fiona Moore

I trained as a teacher and worked on and off over 10 years until I could no longer get work in the area.

I retrained in retail and ran op shops for charity before moving in to the ER area where I did my cert 4 in community services.

When I completed that I felt I wanted to do more study and discovered the diploma.

I did my work placement at Anglicare in 2011 and was offered a full time job in 2012.

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Vice President

Paul Briant

“Paul (Bluey) has been working with Rural Business Tasmania Inc. as a rural financial counsellor since June 2010.

Bluey is based out of Devonport and his patch covers from the Deloraine/Meander area along the North West Coast through to Circular Head.

He has completed a diploma of community services (financial counselling), an advanced diploma in agribusiness management and a graduate certificate in professional accounting.

Bluey is an accountant, and financial counsellor, by profession and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants”.

Secretary

Kelly Jennings

Kelly has been working as a Financial Counsellor with Anglicare since August 2016. Kelly is based in the South of the state, and works across Hobart and Glenorchy offices.

Kelly has a Diploma of Financial Counselling, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Human Resource Management), and a Master of Criminology and Justice.

Kelly is currently the Secretary for the Financial Counsellors Association of Tasmania.

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Treasurer

Steve Curtis

With a background in Banking and Finance I have 5 years experience as a financial Counsellor based in Devonport and also provide outreach coverage to the greater Queenstown area on the West Coast.

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Member

James Davis

James has an extensive background in law and joined Anglicare as a financial counsellor in 2009.  After a 4 year break, he’s back.  James has a passion for empowering the marginalised in Tasmania.

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Member

Bert Aperloo

After a variety of careers in many different countries, including  a period of self-employment, Bert obtained a Master Degree in counselling at the University of Tasmania.

This led to various jobs in the Community Service industry, such as mediator, case manager, employment & training officer, careers counsellor and currently as a financial counsellor. In 2011 Bert started work at Anglicare Tasmania as a volunteer financial counsellor, obtained my diploma in financial counselling and was offered a permanent position soon after.

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FCA Representative

Danielle Slade

Danielle has been a passionate Financial Counsellor since 2012, currently working with Anglicare in Tasmania’s north.  Danielle has recently completed a Bachelor of Human and Community Services, and holds a Diploma of Financial Counselling, and Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling, Case Management and Counselling).    

 

Danielle is currently the State Representative for Financial Counselling Australia.

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Public Officer

Ross Mackenzie

Ross has been a financial counsellor with Anglicare Tasmania since 2012 and Public Officer with FCAT since 2015.  He enjoys the privilege of supporting Tasmanians work towards financial capability.