Research potential advisers: Look for financial advisers who specialize in providing advice on Centrelink payments. You can do this by searching online or asking for recommendations from friends or family members.
Check their credentials: Ensure that the adviser you choose is licensed and registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can check an adviser's credentials on ASIC's Financial Advisers Register. - moneysmart.gov.au/financial-advice/financial-advisers-register
Contact the adviser: Once you have identified potential advisers, contact them to discuss your situation and their services. Ask about their experience in dealing with Centrelink payments, their qualifications, fees, and any other relevant information.
Arrange a meeting: If you are satisfied with the adviser's responses and services, arrange a meeting to discuss your situation in detail. Be prepared to provide information about your financial situation, including your income, assets, and debts.
Follow up: After the meeting, the adviser should provide you with a written statement of advice that outlines their recommendations. If you decide to proceed with their advice, the adviser can assist you with implementing their recommendations and monitoring your progress.
It's important to note that financial advice can be expensive, so it's important to consider the costs and benefits before engaging an adviser. You may also be eligible for free advice through government-funded services such as the Financial Information Service or the National Debt Helpline.