Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast’s (RDALC) program ‘Balancing the Books’ is back to help improve the financial skills and confidence of women across the region.
In 2022, RDALC commenced delivering ‘Balancing the Books’, funded by the Government of South Australia, and are continuing in 2023. The program is aimed at women, and people that identify as women, who have not had the opportunity to develop financial skills, including budgeting.
“We want to support rural and regional women to gain the skills and knowledge required to increase their economic security, broaden their career options, and to help them grow their own business” said Rachael Ashman, RDALC Deputy CEO, Business and Workforce Development.
The ‘Balancing the Books’ program will deliver a further five workshops that will boost confidence, help navigate home bookkeeping, and small business finance basics. RDALC delivered two workshops in 2022—one in Millicent and one in Kingston SE.
“I thoroughly appreciated the session and the discussions we had about money. It has reinforced my own money management,” said a participant.
“I have already started implementing several things I learnt at the workshop. I would highly recommend the workshop to other women,” added another participant.
To help share the learnings more widely, RDALC have been sharing finance tips and resources in their newsletter (The Weekly) and on their popular Facebook page. Topics have included budgeting, tracking spending, credit scores, the ATO app, and setting financial goals.
For participants needing more detailed financial guidance, a one-hour personalised mentoring session will also be available to reinforce the learnings from the workshop.
“RDALC welcome the support provided by the Department of Human Services through their funding for the delivery of Balancing the Books. I encourage women across the region to attend one of the workshops and be supported by likeminded women” said David Wheaton, RDALC CEO.
The next session of the free workshops will be held in Bordertown on Tuesday 14 February at the Civic Centre. Starting at 10:30am, Charted Accountant and Business Advisor Julie Allerton will deliver the session.
For more information, please contact:
Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast on (08) 8723 1057