This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Department of Human Services’ Financial Information Service (FIS), which has helped millions of Australians over the past three decades.
When Gold Coast man Russell Lenehan chose to spend his gap year working as a public servant, little did he know it would lead to a career spanning five decades – and the title of financial Yoda from his colleagues!
Whether you’ve already retired or are planning for retirement, you might be wondering what government payments and services you’re eligible for or what happens if your financial situation changes.
If you’re planning for retirement, you might have some questions about what happens once you’ve retired. Which of your financial assets could impact your pension? Where can you find more information?
Not many of the Department of Human Services staff do their job in a shearing shed or catch chooks while they’re on duty, but Darienne Keizer has.
Once a year, the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Melbourne is transformed into a hub to provide valuable information about the Department of Human Services’ payments and services.
Passing a farm from one generation to the next may have a knock-on effect for older farmers planning to apply for the Age Pension in retirement.
It’s a long and winding road to Bonang, in rural Victoria but well worth the trip when the opportunity arises to reach out to the local community and give information about the Department of Human Services’ payments and services.
Michael Brown is a regular at the free Financial Information Service (FIS) seminars in Canberra.