Friends With Money #90: Financial help when you need it

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As the cost of living crisis continues to bite, more Australians are finding themselves in financial difficulty. But where can anyone who's struggling turn for advice?

This week on the Friends With Money podcast, Money's Tom Watson is joined by Deb Shroot, a financial counsellor at Financial Counselling Australia, to run through exactly how financial counsellors can help.

  • What are the major financial concerns at present?
  • What support can financial counsellors provide?
  • How are counsellors different from advisors?
  • How can people avoid getting into financial difficulty?

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Tom Watson is a senior journalist at Money magazine, and one of the hosts of the Friends With Money podcast. He's previously worked as a journalist covering everything from property and consumer banking to financial technology. Tom has a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Deb Shroot is a financial counsellor and sector advocate for Financial Counselling Australia, the peak national body for financial counsellors. Before moving into financial counselling in 2017, she had more than 15 years' experience managing budget and reporting functions for companies across higher education, media, retail, property, aviation, hospitality, not-for-profit and professional services. Deb holds a certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is also an Associate and Chartered Accountant through the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).