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Payday Loans Talking Posters

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Check out our talking poster that tells a story of a young woman who got one of those quick, easy loans for a TV. Two months later she can’t repay the loan. She asks her Aunty what to do.

The talking poster is in Pitjantjatjara and is displayed in each community at the store or wellbeing centre. We have had great feedback from people who have stopped to listen to this message.

    

Here are some Anangu who have given it the thumbs up.

Westpac Pop Up Bank

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Westpac will be visiting the APY Lands from 8 – 18 April to do a mobile banking service with Anangu. They will be able to help with;

  • Updating personal details (name, address phone number)
  • Opening and closing accounts
  • Updating signatures
  • Cards and online/phone banking

They will NOT be able to help with cash transfers or loans.

If you would like to talk to Westpac, please bring your licence or other ID, customer reference number and account details.

Westpac will be visiting on these dates:

Tuesday 9th April – Indulkana

Wednesday 10th April – Fregon

Thursday 11th April – Pukatja

Tuesday 16th April – Pipalyatjara

Wednesday 17th April – Kanpi (morning) and Amata (afternoon)

Thursday 18th April – Amata

Phones Project

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Our phones project is back! Our new community Engagement Officer, David (mentioned below) started in March and will be going to the APY Lands to talk more to Anangu about buying phones, plans and how to deal with bills. He will be looking for malpas in each community, so let him know if you want work!  He’ll also be making a film about buying phones – for any Anangu film stars out there.

 

New Staff

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We are very fortunate to welcome more great people to our team. Please meet;

Veronica James, Administration Trainee. Veronica joined our team in February in the Alice Springs office. Veronica is super smart and has been learning her role quickly. She will be starting her Certificate IV in Business Administration in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

David Jedrzejczyk, Community Engagement Officer for the Loans and Phones Project. David will be based in Alice Springs making 6 visits to the APY Lands over the next 7 months. He has worked in the community services sector supporting people with vision impairments in Sydney and has recently relocated to Alice Springs.

 

Changes to Super Laws

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From 1 July, there are some changes happening to superannuation laws.  These are:

  • A cap on fees if there is less than $6000 in a super account
  • If there have been no payments into your super account for 16 months, the super mob can take away any insurance on that account
  • Accounts where there have been no payments or contact with the member and that have low balances will be sent to the Australian Tax Office

You can find out more information at the Treasury Website