At SavinGreen, we understand that sometimes things happen that can make it difficult to meet your financial obligations.

Financial Hardship is a term used to describe a situation where a person is unable to meet their financial commitments due to one or more factors contributing to their financial position.

The most common contributing factors that are considered in assessing financial hardship include:

  • Loss of employment of you or a family member
  • Illness, including physical incapacity, hospitalization, or mental illness of you or a family member
  • Family breakdown
  • A death in the family
  • Other factors resulting in an unforeseen change in your capacity to meet their payment obligations, whether through a reduction in income or through an increase in non-discretionary expenditure.

Contact Us
If you are having financial problems, let us know. The sooner you let us know, the sooner we can help you to manage your debts. You can contact us:

By Telephone 1300 152 701

Speak to our Customer Care Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm and let them know. One of our senior managers will then help you through the process of assessment and making arrangements.

By Email helpdesk@savingreen.com.au

This is our dedicated email to help those who may be experiencing financial difficulties

SavinGreen may require some documentation to assist with its assessment process. This may include:

  • Documentation such as a statutory declaration from a person familiar with the customer’s circumstances (family doctor, clergy, bank officer, etc);
  • Centrelink Documentation
  • Evidence of the customer having consulted with, and/or being accompanied by a recognized financial counsellor or a booking to see a financial counsellor.

Businesses are not eligible for Financial Hardship, but this does not mean we will not try to help, so please still let us know.

Reaching an Agreement
Any arrangements SavinGreen may agree with you needs to be able to ensure that:

  • The repayment should be sufficient to cover expected future use of the service (as adjusted to ensure the customer’s financial position does not worsen over a reasonable period of time).
  • The arrangement should provide a continued reduction of debt at a reasonable level (i.e. the customer should not be going into future debt under the arrangement).

Some ways to help manage you debt, while keeping you connected may include:

  • Call barring
  • Reconnection of a service with restricted access
  • Plan change
  • Cancel any content subscription or premium services (e.g. ring tones, jokes, pictures, etc)
  • You can access the “Your Account” system via our website, which offers Account Management across all services such as checking your usage
  • Spreading payments for to excess usage over a few months

You Can Download the Complete SavinGreen Financial Hardship Policy Here:

Community Financial Counsellors
You may wish to seek the help pf a Community Financial Counsellor. Here is a list you may find useful.

VICTORIA
Consumer Action Law Centre: 03 9629 6300
Legal advice for the public: 03 9629 6300 / 1800 477 466,
Website: http://www.consumeraction.org.au/

MoneyHelp: 1800 007 007 FREE
Not-for-profit Victorian Government service providing free, confidential financial counselling for Victorians experiencing job loss or reduced working hours.
Website:http://www.moneyhelp.org.au/

NEW SOUTH WALES

Credit and Debt Hotline: 1800 808 488
http://www.cclcnsw.org.au/

Financial Counsellors’ Association of New South Wales:1300 914 408
http://www.fcan.com.au/

ACT

Care Financial Counselling Service: 02 6257 1788
http://www.carefcs.org/

Salvation Army Moneycare: 02 6247 3635
http://www.salvos.org.au/need-help/financial-troubles/

Lifeline gambling and financial counselling: 02 6247 0655

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide 08 8202 5180
referral to a financial counsellor

Northern Community Legal Service: 08 8281 6911

South Australian Financial Counsellors Association:
http://www.safca.info/

Relationships Australia (SA)
www.rasa.org.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Financial Counselling Hotline: 1800 007 007

Consumer Credit Legal Service: 08 9221 7066

Financial Counsellors Association of Western Australia: 08 9325 1617
http://www.financialcounsellors.org/

TASMANIA

Anglicare Financial Counselling Service: 1800 243 232
http://www.anglicare-tas.org.au/

Consumer Credit Advocate, Hobart Community Legal Service: 1800 232 500

Relationships Australia Tasmania: 1300 364 277
Assistance for people affected by gambling

QUEENSLAND

Financial Counsellors Association of Queensland: 07 3321 3192
www.fcaq.com.au
referral to a financial counsellor

Financial First Aid: 1300 370 255
phone financial counselling service

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Financial Counselling Hotline: 1800 007 007

Somerville Community Services
Darwin 08 8920 4100
Katherine 08 8972 5100
Palmerston Financial Counselling Centre 08 8931 6200
http://www.somerville.org.au/

Anglicare NT Financial Counselling
Darwin Financial Counselling Service Tel: 08 8985 0000
Katherine Financial Counselling Service Tel: 08 8972 1571
East Arnhem Financial Counselling Service Tel: 08 8987 3022
Top End Financial Counselling Service Tel: 08 8985 0000
Alice Springs Financial Counselling Service Tel: 08 8951 8000

Tangentyere Council Financial Counselling Service
Telephone 08 8951 4257
http://www.tangentyere.org.au/

Alternatively visit www.financialcounsellingaustralia.org.au for more information.

Information is also available on these and other options at ACMA’s website:
www.acma.gov.au