Financial difficulties can affect anyone at any time. Well done on taking the first step to getting back on the right track. As a not-for-profit organisation, UnitingCare can provide you with free financial counselling and education that works.

 

Our aim is to help you learn to become more financially resilient by educating you about your rights and responsibilities in relation to credit and debt issues. We can also connect you with other financial resources and services.

 

Financial difficulties

 

Financial difficulties can affect any Australian at any time in their lives. Remember, you are not alone! To help you get through this difficult time, we’ve prepared some information about the consequences of what is going on and some preventative measures you can take to stop it from getting worse.

 

Don't worry – financial freedom is possible, and it gets easier with every step!

Avoiding bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a legal process that releases a person from almost all of their debts buy has many serious consequences that will affect your future. Know your options.

Prioritising debt

Decide which bills to pay first, how to get help to pay them, and how to prevent your debt from escalating.

Understanding family debt

Find out the risks when one family member asks another family member to finance or act as guarantor on their debts.

Dealing with debt collectors

Know your rights and what to do when a debt collector – someone who is paid to collect your debt – comes calling.

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How we can help

Our financial counsellors can help you to navigate your situation and make the best decisions for you and your family. Just call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007, which we operate in Queensland. One of our dedicated financial counsellors will guide you through your options and, if necessary, book an appointment to meet face to face.

 

Our service operates across Queensland and we are experienced with all kinds of financial problems. Our team is committed to each caller, providing the information you need to empower you to make the right choices in response to your unique situation.

 

We also work closely with financial institutions, energy companies and debt recovery organisations to educate them on issues of financial hardship and consumer rights.

 

The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. For more information, view our disclaimer.
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