Congratulations to Sue Fraser, who was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Queen Birthday honours for her financial counselling work and supporting people experiencing vulnerability across the community.
Sue has been a champion for collaboration between the community service and business sectors to improve outcomes for people in hardship.
Sue started her financial counselling training in 1988 and joined Uniting in 1995.
Since then, Sue has been a leader in the industry for her visionary work.
Throughout her career, Sue has focussed on prevention, early intervention and support programs.
Sue has supported industries to increase awareness and understanding of economic abuse, through her work supporting those impacted by family violence.
Sue and her team work with the banking, debt collection, utility and telecommunications sectors to secure positive financial outcomes for consumers and business alike.
She has travelled across Australia and internationally, advocating for people in financial hardship.
Sue says the honour is humbling but unexpected.
“When I heard that I had been nominated, I certainly didn’t think I would receive (an OAM),” says Sue.
“These types of acknowledgements aren’t achieved by yourself. I received this because I work with a team and for an organisation who is willing to take risks and do things outside of the box.
“People have commented that it’s nice to have an ordinary person recognised for work that doesn’t have a high profile.
“It’s rewarding to know that the work we do makes a real difference for so many people.”