[by Glen Yearwood]
AustralianSuper Made Easy for Indigenous members
AustralianSuper and CAAMA Radio are proud to announce a new radio program which delivers the facts about superannuation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in seven easy to understand episodes.
Speaking in plain English, each episode of the new program called ‘AustralianSuper Made Easy,’ targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders fund members and asks different problem solving questions.
According to the recent Royal Commission on Banking, many First Nations Peoples are at the discriminatory end when it comes to information about their money. Notably, levels of financial literacy, remoteness and proof of identity were highlighted as broad issues affecting banking, superannuation and insurance outcomes which often impact the lives of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Paul Schroder, Group Executive Product, Brand & Reputation at Australian Super, says the radio program is a significant step forward in addressing indigenous disadvantage in super.
“Information is power and AustralianSuper hopes that initiatives like this radio program will go some way in giving indigenous Australians better access and more control over their finances.”
To help address these issues the programs are also being delivered in two major Aboriginal language groups, Arrernte and Pitjantjara.
Gilmore Johnston, Station Manager for Alice Springs based CAAMA Radio says, “Through this successful partnership, the hope is to empower Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander fund members to access information to find out about their money. It’s their right!”
The program offers practical information and encourages members to use a free phone Helpline to obtain updates on their funds, find out the value of their personal or family superannuation and how to access funds and insurance in the case of funeral costs and “Sorry” Business.
The programs will be delivered by a network of First Nation Owned radio stations across the country from 15 April 2019.
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