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Feeling worried about finances or debts?

Moneysmart's financial counselling The moneysmart website is run by the Australian government to help improve financial literacy across the nation. Financial counsellors are the experts in helping people who are experiencing financial concerns or debt, and there are ways to get free appointments depending on your region.The easiest way to connect to a financial counsellor is to call the national debt helpline (the number is 1800 007 007) and they’ll connect you to a local service. You can also read helpful articles about specific issues faced by many Australians

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Have an issue that requires legal help?

Justice Connect's support services Justice Connect is a not-for-profit group dedicated to helping people connect with pro-bono/free legal services if their situation is applicable. Browse the articles and forums to see if your question or issue has a simple answer. Alternatively click the "Apply for free legal help" button and then take the quiz to see if you are eligible. Make sure to check that your situation is not one Justice Connect is unable to help with (for example: family law, personal injury claims, or wills and probate matters).

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Learn more about women and super

Women's superannuation article This article explores some of the gender disparities in super that can effect women. It provides some quick tips on how you can maximise your super and 'beat the odds'.

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Make the most of your retirement income

Moneysmart retirement income estimation tool The government moneysmart website offers a number of useful articles and tools to help manage your finances as you head into retirement heading into retirement. This tool will help you estimate the amount you can get from your super and eventual pension. Click on the "Use or retirement planner" banner and fill out the form as best as you can to get an approximation of your retirement income.

Estimate your income here

Keeping track of your Superannuation

The ATO's advice on superannuation As a part of their mission, the ATO tries to ensure that Australians don’t lose their superannuation. If you’re unsure about the state of your super then this might be helpful for you.Click through and have a skim to see if any of the information is relevant to your situation

Keep track through the ATO

How does super work?

Moneysmart superannuation Superannuation—or ‘super’ as it tends to be called—is how Australians save for retirement. If you’re getting closer to retirement and still have questions, this should answer them for you. It’s on the government moneysmart websiteHave a read of the short articles that can answer any questions you may have, or watch the video for an overview of ‘what is super?

Read more about superannuation

A checklist of who to contact following the passing of a family member

Contact checklist regarding the passing of a family member This is a template containing a list of important people and organizations regarding the death of a loved one provided by the Australian Government. Print off or use this list as a template in regards to the contact requirements of various services. Fill in the blank fields with the information that is relevant to you and use this as a guide, ticking off completed ones.

Follow the template to keep everyone informed

Recently went through a divorce and have to reorganise your finances?

Moneysmart divorce and separation financial checklist This is a list of practical steps to take following a separation from your partner. It will take you through the process of gathering all the necessary paperwork and identification while you reorganise your accounts and assets. Expand the categories in the checklist relevant to you and your situation and follow each item to aid in a clean and thorough separation.

Divorce and separation financial checklist

Has your partner recently passed away?

Moneysmart's guide following the passing of a family member The moneysmart website provides a number of financial steps to take immediately following your partner's death. It walks through how to cover the cost of a funeral, and evaluating your new financial position. Read through this article and follow the directions and links where it applicable to your situation. The article will aid you in regards to funeral costs, executing the will, and claiming any available or outstanding entitlements.

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Struggling to manage debt and want advice?

The national debt helpline The National Debt Helpline is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people understand and tackle their debt problems. They provide free and confidential financial counselling. You can browse their website and use their chat to find the help you require, or you can call 1800 007 007 during business hours (9.30am to 4.30pm) Monday to Friday.

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Need help managing your finances?

Services Australia's advice on money management Services Australia is the government agency responsible for the delivery of advice and accessible support services and payments. As part of this they offer tips and information if you're struggling, and financial aid if you're applicable. You may be interested in a number of resources available on this page depending on your circumstances. The "Budget" link contains a simple online budget summary tool to help you understand how much you're spending. "Plan for retirement" may be useful if you have not yet retired but are thinking about it.

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Interested in financial literacy for women over 55 years?

Building financial literacy This group, Economic Security for Women, is funded by the federal government to promote economic wellbeing and financial security for women.Take a look at this link to see if there might be a free “financial literacy for women over 55 years” workshop coming up soon in your area

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Need a quick lookup for your state's Public Trustee?

A Guide to Public Trustees Public Trustees are Statutory Authorities that help to make decisions that aid the rights and interests of state citizens. They often offer free will-making services, act as legal will executors, and can help in managing trust funds and deceased estates.Find your relevant trustee in the list and explore whether they can help in your situation. Click on their link to get in contact.

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