MoneyMinded, ANZ’s flagship financial education program, helps empower adults to build essential money management skills, knowledge and confidence.
Over the past year the program has helped almost 84,000 people throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. It has reached more than 927,500 people over its 21-year history.
Responding to the growing demand for targeted financial guidance, a specialised module “MoneyMinded for family violence”, was introduced in 2016 and updated last year. Tailored for people experiencing family violence, the module strives to foster financial independence, boost confidence, help participants recognise potential financial abuse and aids in their long-term recovery.
Berry Street, a long-term community partner and leader in this field, played a pivotal role in co-designing and enhancing the specialised module.
The partnership with Berry Street reflects our combined commitment to addressing financial abuse in Australia and ensures MoneyMinded plays an important role in preventing and combating financial oppression.
It’s not always easy to recognise victim survivors of abuse but we have contact with them every day in our families, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
In many cases, a person may not realise they’re experiencing family violence as obvious signs extend beyond physical and emotional abuse. This can also extend to their financial situation.
Perpetrators of financial abuse may control victim’s finances by restricting access to funds or by creating debt in the victim-survivor’s name. This limits their capacity to meet basic needs, their freedom of choice and influences their actions.
Berry Street works with community professionals and financial counsellors to provide MoneyMinded to their clients, including those experiencing family violence.
MoneyMinded supporting victim-survivors of family violence
Berry Street has accredited over 1,300 community professionals and financial counsellors in MoneyMinded and more than 270 of those have been trained in the family violence module.
Janet, one of Berry Street’s MoneyMinded coaches, plays a key role in training family violence sector workers to use the specialised module with their clients.
“While victim-survivors of family violence are often dealing with the challenge to meet their immediate needs, talking about money and setting goals for the future is important for building confidence and a sense of control,” Janet said.