August 2018 Melbourne
In Melbourne an exciting meeting took place in early August: community organisations, superannuation funds and government regulators put their heads together to work out how to make super better for First Australians.
First Nations Foundation CEO Amanda Young urged the superannuation industry to reinvest the fees paid by Indigenous members into community superannuation initiatives like the Big Super Day Out Supported by the ASIC Indigenous Outreach Program, Anglicare NT and Moneymob Talkabout, community organisations told the super funds they were groaning under the strain of the high demand for services in Indigenous superannuation and need the sector to help. AustralianSuper impressed the room with its Indigenous call centre which cost $0 to implement and has had over 8000 calls in its first few months.
Hosted by AIST (charity partner of First Nations Foundation), their CEO Eva Scheerlinck, superannuation funds were asked to commit to real action. The focus of the Royal Commission into the financial industry on Indigenous financial inclusion shows the community expects better.
We eagerly await the superannuation industry's next move.
Better super for Indigenous Australians.
Calling all Indigenous people aged 18+! Take 20 minutes to do this survey and it might put $100 in your back pocket! (Yes it is confidential.)
It's 2018 and we don't know anything about the Indigenous financial position nationally. Indigenous charity First Nations Foundation wants to change than and has partnered with the Centre for Social Impact (UNSW) for a confidential snapshot into what financial resilience means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Report out in September 2018.
Helping Anangu with their superannuation in central Australia during Reconciliation Week 2018.
Sponsors: AIST and AustralianSuper
First Nations Foundation is delighted to continue to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with their superannuation needs in partnership with MoneyMob Talkabout and the ASIC Indigenous Outreach Program. For a week we will travel to five very remote communities with representatives from the superannuation sector and the ATO to sort that super!
Remember: #Indigenoussuper #itsyourmoney #sortyoursuper
First Nations Foundation was deeply honoured to be asked to deliver the Australian keynote address at the first ever International Indigenous finance conference held in Vancouver 2-5 October. Our CEO Amanda Young asked the audience to look to the future and to the past to find the human capital we need to create sustainable Indigenous communities.
Chiefs from First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Maori, Native American and Ecuador shared their wisdom, young talented leaders from around the world inspired us with their vision for the future yet everyone shared the same deep truth: our history, our governance, our culture are the strongest elements which have helped us survive to today and will make us thrive in the future.
@AFOACanada and Terry Goodtrack, thank you for creating this warm, intelligent inaugural event. We look forward to the next event in Aotearoa, New Zealand.