The primary role of the Small Business Financial Counselling Program is to provide assistance to Small Businesses who are experiencing hardship associated with the long standing drought conditions or the impacts of COVID-19, and have no alternative source of impartial support.
The Australian and Queensland Governments provide funding to deliver the program throughout Southern Queensland through the Rural Financial Service Southern Queensland.
Head office is based in Roma, and employs Small Business Financial Counsellors who provide ﬁnancial counselling assistance across the region.
Our services are:
- Free of charge, conﬁdential, impartial and independent,
- Delivered by skilled, local professionals who know your area and industry.
Small Business Financial Counsellors are unable to provide advice, but can provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary to make informed ﬁnancial and business decisions.
If you are drought or COVID-19 impacted and would like to discuss your ﬁnancial position and become better prepared to manage future challenges, contact one of our Small Business Financial Counsellors (listed below) today or call 1300 732 777.
Cunnamulla (Bulloo and Paroo Regional Council Areas)
0448 021 253
Our new Charleville Small Business counsellor, Michelle Gordon grew up in Augathella.
Married to Peter, the couple have three adult children; Cameron is a mechanic in Toowoomba, Emma is a dietitian in Cairns and Elsie is a vet nurse in Darwin.
Michelle and Peter own and operate a smash repair business in Charleville.
With an extensive background in accounting, Michelle has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from USQ.
A keen horsewoman and dressage competitor, she is a Pony club instructor, pony club show jumping judge and course building, Michelle has always been one of those supportive Mum's, getting involved in organisations that reflected her children's interests.
"I'm looking forward to being of assistance to small businesses in our rural communities in these tricky times."
Craig Hilton is our Hervey Bay based Small Business Financial Counsellor on the Fraser Coast and services Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Fraser Island.
Growing up in Brisbane, Craig headed to regional Queensland for work and stayed.
“A parochial Queenslander, I have worked in some great locations including Toowoomba, Gympie, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Mount Isa – where I met my wife!.”
Craig and his wife and their two teenage daughters enjoy the lifestyle of regional Queensland.
“I’m looking forward to offering Small Businesses in my region some impartial, free support,” Craig said.
“I can assist clients get to a position where they can make productive informed business decisions.”
With 25 years of small business experience predominantly in banking and a Diploma of Banking and Finance, Craig has also operated his own small business for a number of years. “This experience gives me an appreciation and empathy for Small Business owners and the challenges they face on a day to day basis.”
Felicity joins our team after 15 years working in the banking industry. With strong networks and extensive experience in assisting individuals and small businesses to achieve their financial goals, she is well placed to provide professional empathetic support for the challenges faced by businesses on the Gold Coast.
Originally from Tasmania, Felicity has lived on the Gold Coast for 17 years, and has a strong sense of the community in a region which is experiencing rapid growth. Making the most of her city, she enjoys both beaches and bushwalking and is currently completing her Diploma of Financial Counselling.
Jodie is based in the Gold Coast Region as a Small Business Financial Counsellor.
Born and raised in Adelaide, Jodie relocated to the Gold Coast 20 years ago, where she now enjoys the coastal lifestyle with her husband Paul.
With 15 years’ experience in the finance industry, predominantly relating to small businesses and the hospitality industry, she enjoys offering independent, impartial support to those who need it most.
With experience running her own small businesses, she knows the challenges this entails together with the rewards/lifestyle it can bring, and has even written a book for people who want to open their own hospitality business.
She looks forward to using her experience in helping local Gold Coast businesses make important decisions for the growth and development of their businesses
"Helping our rural communities achieve financial success has been my goal from day 1"
After working as a Retail and Rural Financial Adviser for a major bank, Jahra realised the amount of people that needed some guidance and assistance to take their businesses from just making ends meet to being successful and supporting their families. Her passion is helping those in business achieve greatness and with an extensive financial background and business mind, Jahra is able to take a holistic view of business operations to assist the client to meet their goals.
Jahra Joined the Small Business RFCSSQ in August 2020 and covers the Maranoa and Balonne Regions
Jahra studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning) through Deakin University and also holds a Diploma of Financial Planning
Kylie Radford is our Sunshine Coast Small Business Financial Counsellor.
Originally a country girl from Eulo, Kylie grew up on a sheep and cattle property.
“I’ve lived on the Sunshine Coast for twenty years but the country still remains in my heart.”
Kylie is looking forward to assisting small businesses to endure and achieve in challenging times.
She has spent her entire career focused on the financial side of business, including financial and administration management, banking and bookkeeping and has experience and knowledge across many small business industries.
“I appreciate how a business works,” she said.
0417 383 288
"I am in a role that I thoroughly enjoy for its interaction with people in their everyday lives and the ability to assist and support them through sometimes very difficult situations!"
I joined RFCSSQ in June 2020 when Queensland was hurting from the Impact of Covid-19 and set about assisting Small – Medium Business find a path through the pandemic.
Based out of Yeppoon and servicing the Livingstone, Rockhampton Regional, Banana, Gladstone and Central Highlands Shire Councils, there is a bit of area to cover but, I am only a phone call away.
Growing up in Injune, raising a family, running a business, taking on treasury roles in the community, and assisting other Business complete financials and lodgements, it was an obvious transition to get into accounting when my family located to Yeppoon.
Working for a local accountant in the area for 13 years, the urge to help and assist businesses issues and complexities and more importantly the people who run these businesses was satisfied when obtaining the role of Financial Counsellor.
I am passionate about my role, and look forward to empowering and enabling those I work with.
"It is gratifying to provide support to our Small Businesses, especially during these challenging times of ongoing drought and COVID - 19."
Jo joined the Small Business team team in March 2019, she began her career in an accounting firm in Gympie where the majority of her clients were small businesses and primary producers.
Over the years Jo has worked as a Company Accountant for a variety of businesses both corporate and not-for-profit, most recently she has managed her own family business in Roma.
Jo understands the current challenges faced by small businesses and is keen to provide impartial support those who are experiencing hardship.
Jo holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Management) and a Diploma of Financial Counselling.
Small Business Financial Counsellors aim to identify options which see you, and your business better equipped to manage your circumstances.
- Help you negotiate with lenders and creditors
- Conﬁdentially assess and prepare reports on your current ﬁnancial position, cash ﬂow and viability
- Identify appropriate business options, help you develop an action plan
- Help prepare you for meetings with ﬁnanciers
Help you identify the need for advice from, and to prepare for meetings with, professional service providers from both the private and government sectors