Since 2003 our matched savings program, Saver Plus, has helped to increase the capability of lower income and vulnerable Australians to create and maintain a savings habit, build financial resilience and improve financial capabilities. The program was developed with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is co-funded by the Australian Government.
Marcus, pictured with a Saver Plus participant, has been working at the Fountain Gate branch for nearly ten years. Since 2010, 897 participants have been recruited to the program in the wider Casey-Cardinia region. ANZ branch staff have provided around 18% of referrals to Saver Plus, with the remainder from local schools and through community engagement.
“I live locally and being able to contribute to my community is very important. I am proud that ANZ is able to offer this program as I’ve seen firsthand every day the benefits of building a long term savings habit,” explains Marcus.
While Saver Plus is delivered by community organisations, our branch employees play an important role in supporting participants to save – from promoting the program and opening savings accounts to attending the MoneyMinded financial education workshops.
One of the Saver Plus participants referred to the program by Marcus, completed the program whilst studying. “I am currently completing a Diploma in Early Education and Childcare and needed the dollar for dollar matching to purchase a new laptop to complete my Bachelor’s Degree next year” she said.
More than half of our branch network employees in Australia are actively involved in the delivery of Saver Plus.
To learn more visit anz.com/saverplus