Big Koori Super Day Out
First Nations Foundation (FNF) was established in 2006 by a group of respected First Australian leaders, with the vision of enabling First Australians to make informed decisions about their financial wellbeing. Its main objective is to support Indigenous Australians to maintain their culture and participate equality in the socio-economic life of the Nation.
Based on a broad industry consensus, the Big Koori Super Day Out (BKSDO) was designed as an innovative community event, which provided an opportunity for the Indigenous people and superannuation experts to come together in a barrier-free and culturally safe environment to talk about superannuation. The goal of the BKSDO was to support the community with their superannuation.
By creating a fun family day with entertainment, BBQ and giveaways First Nations Foundation was able to break down some of barriers associated with sorting super.
The event was staged over three main areas, the main stage including entertainment for the day with kid’s activities such as jumping castles, boomerang and face painting, provided an area for the family to relax and enjoy the day. A café area with free Nespresso coffee and access to brochures and information provided a light and casual area also to sit with an expert and ask questions and seek support. The last area was a computer room where our super experts could help community members set-up a MyGov account and conduct a super search, find out information on superfunds websites and if required print forms to help them complete.
Held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellent (NCIE) during MoneySmart week 2014, the event was supported by the Financial Services Council, with representatives from the financial services industry volunteering their time to work with community answering questions and updating details.
During the day 60 community members sat with an expert and asked for support on a number of topics including setting up beneficiaries, searching for lost super and consolidating accounts. Overall the event engaged the community and spread the message about superannuation and encouraged all attending to look into their own super.