Financial Toolbox was founded in 2017 with the aim of empowering women through financial education. In partnership with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, our early activities focused on educational workshops for women about personal finances and money matters.
We have held more than 50 workshops to more than 2,600 Western Australian women, many of whom have told us that these sessions gave them courage to do things differently and changed the course of their lives.
Our work to support women and children facing, or at risk of, family and domestic violence was initially focused on financial abuse, but quickly grew to the provision of a more comprehensive suite of information to empower those facing abuse throughout the various steps of their journey. Yourtoolkit.com was developed after extensive consultation with those facing abuse and those working with them about how we could best provide support to augment and complement existing family and domestic violence services.
In mid 2022, our board decided to focus our future efforts solely on supporting women facing
family and domestic violence. However, we remain immensely proud of our legacy of
financial education for women.
Family and domestic violence is recognised as a gendered issue, with women
disproportionately impacted, and our language is cognisant of this. However,
Yourtoolkit.com is free and available to all who face family and domestic violence
(regardless of gender, race, sexuality) as well as those seeking to support them.
Yourtoolkit.com was launched in 2019 by the Hon. Minister Simone McGurk and as at April
2023 has had 100,000 users and over 125,000 sessions. Yourtoolkit.com has won the 2022
Richard (Dick) Fletcher Consumer Protection Award and received a special mention in the
2022 International Money Awareness and Inclusion Awards in the “Best Product for an
Underserved Community” category.
We are committed to continuing to improve the Yourtoolkit.com resource, including expanding the service directory component for a national audience and some exciting new features that are currently being planned.
In early 2023 we became a Company Limited by Guarantee and changed our name from Financial Toolbox Inc. to Yourtoolkit.com Limited (ACN 666 106 707). Yourtoolkit.com is maintained by the Women at Risk Trust (“the Trust”) which was established in 2019 for the purpose of providing support to women and their children facing or have faced domestic violence and/or financial abuse. The Trust is a Public Benevolent Institution endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office with Deductible Gift Recipient status and Yourtoolkit.com Limited is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
We remain heavily reliant on our dedicated volunteer team and board to support and augment the work done by our small staff. We are extremely grateful for the countless pro bono efforts that have brought us to where we are today and the support and generosity of our donors and contributors.