A Place-Based Approach to Financial Inclusion

In early 2018, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust extended an opportunity for Good Shepherd to leverage the learnings of the national FIAP Program and test it in a specific place in regional Victoria. Geelong was selected as the first location to pilot the concept of a Place-Based FIAP.

The place-based FIAP Program works on the premise that organisations which are on the ground are best equipped to understand local challenges, identify the risks and triggers of financial exclusion, and can take practical actions to address these in collaboration with others.

The Geelong Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) Program is proud to acknowledge the proactive leadership of the local organisations (Pioneers) in developing Australia’s first place-based FIAP.

Launched on Feb 20 2020, the Geelong FIAP showcases the collective efforts undertaken by the ten local organisations (Pioneers) who are driven by the desire to improve financial wellbeing outcomes in Geelong.

DOWNLOAD the Geelong Financial Inclusion Action Plan here
DOWNLOAD the Geelong FIAP flyer here

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