Good Money

Good Money

Many of the three million people experiencing financial exclusion in Australia have been turned away from mainstream financial institutions, often more than once.

So where do they go when they need to replace a broken fridge, fix the car or pay education costs? Unfortunately many people end up using high cost credit options like payday loans or ‘rent to buy’ services. The negative impacts of this ‘fast cash’ often means that people have to take repeat loans and are left in a spiral of debt.

Good Money community finance stores were created to offer safe, affordable and responsible financial services for people on low incomes.

These stores support customers to make responsible and sustainable financial decisions that lead to greater social inclusion and long-term financial self-management.

An innovative partnership between Good Shepherd Microfinance, the Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Governments, and National Australia Bank has enabled Good Money to set up in prominent ‘high street’ locations.

Good Money was launched in Victoria in 2012 with stores in Geelong, Collingwood and Dandenong. It expanded to South Australia in 2015 with the opening of a store in Salisbury, and into Queensland in 2017 with stores in Cairns and Southport.

Products available through Good Money include NILS and StepUP Loans, Essentials by AAI, and the AddsUP matched savings plan. Stores can also provide referrals to other services such as financial counselling, Legal Aid and Centrelink.

Latest News from Good Money

24 August 2016

Good Money Salisbury turns one

Good Money has celebrated the first birthday of its Salisbury store in style, with a visit from the Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, the Hon. Zoe Bettison MP, and journalists from channels Nine and Seven.

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5 May 2015 Media Release

Victoria continues to lead the way in inclusive finance

Good Shepherd Microfinance and NAB have welcomed the Victorian Government’s continued investment in the innovative and successful Good Money program, with $7.2 million committed over four years.

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9 October 2015

Good Money proving a valuable addition to Salisbury

South Australia's first 'one-stop shop' providing financial services on low incomes has opened in Salisbury.

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15 January 2016

The No Interest Loan Scheme enabled Jaymee to set up a home

Jaymee had the chance to move into her own place with her two year old son, but she didn’t have everything she needed. Karen and the team at Good Money offered a solution.

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It puts you on a par with everyone else and gives you access to fair and affordable finance.

Barbara, Good Money client