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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand regularly comments on issues, research and events that have an economic and social impact on the lives of women, girls and families.

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Media release: The role of Buy Now Pay Later in exploiting financial vulnerability
Misleading marketing, late payment fees, and unaffordable debt are just some of the ways Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) products exploit financial vulnerability.
Good Shepherd welcomes the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand welcomes the release of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032 and commends its focus on addressing financial abuse and housing instability in ending violence against women. 
Financial Abuse: The What, Who and Why
Financial Abuse is a term that society and communities are only just really getting to know, despite there being an epidemic. It is extremely important to be in the know on this topic and familiarise yourself with the signs.
Geelong Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) one year on
Geelong business and organisation leaders have urged locals who are continuing to struggle financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to seek support. In February 2020, ten pioneering organisations launched Australia’s first city-wide plan to support customers in hardship.
3 easy power-saving tips to help you save some dollars
Our financial experts share 3 small, easy changes that might help reduce your power usage and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Good Shepherd’s LaunchME 2020 graduates
2020 was an extremely challenging year for most people. Despite the difficulties, Good Shepherd ensured a year of microenterprise coaching for nine extraordinary and talented people through it’s LaunchME program.
The difference between safe and dangerous credit
Unexpected expenses can happen in everyday life. You may have to dip into your savings to repair a car or buy a new fridge. If you don’t have the cash, sometimes a small loan can help but there are many considerations.
Families struggling with back to school costs urged to avoid fast credit
Not for profit Good Shepherd has urged families in financial distress to consider government backed No Interest Loans, rather than adding to credit card debt or turning to pay day lenders and other sources of fast credit.
Economic abuse must be recognised as a driver of family violence
Governments, the community and corporate Australia across the country must start rethinking their approaches to addressing family violence if they are serious about ending violence against women.
Pandemic’s economic pain worse for the young, migrants and women
The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has created a new group of economically vulnerable people, with young people, recent migrants and women among those hardest hit.
Next Chapter and the Financial Independence Hub
Commonwealth Bank is extending and expanding its support for people impacted by financial abuse, as a result of domestic and family violence, with the launch of Next Chapter; a new program that will see the bank bring a range of services, support, resources and research to the market.
Good Shepherd joins faith-based organisations to voice concerns about Religious Discrimination Bill
Leaders from Victoria’s most prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the Federal Government not to implement the Religious Discrimination Bill as proposed.
Good Shepherd supports Treating Families Fairly
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is - along with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and six other like-minded organisations - a member of Treating Families Fairly.