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About the Prize


The Jan Pentland Prize is our sector’s most prestigious award and is bestowed annually. The prize is managed by Financial Counselling Australia (FCA), not the Jan Pentland Foundation.

Information is included here as people will naturally associate the Jan Pentland Prize and Jan Pentland Foundation scholarships together.

Each year, FCA calls for nominations from the sector for the prize and convenes a three person committee to consider them. The committee includes FCA's chair, together with two representatives from the community.

Prize Criteria

Nominations could focus on one specific activity or achievement, or on a contribution over an extended period, and should specifically address at least one of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding achievement in financial counselling and/or consumer advocacy;

  • Achievement in undertaking law reform, campaign work, community development, and/or community education.

The Committee considering the nominations also considers the extent to which nominees reflect the values of the sector as set out in the Australian Financial Counselling Code of Ethical Practice, including respect, professionalism and social justice.


If someone you know has contributed significantly to the financial counselling sector in the past year, please nominate that special person by clicking on the Nomination Form button below.

It's a huge honour to be nominated. You'll make that person's day.

The 2024 nominations are now closed.

2023 Winner

Rachna Madaan Bowman


About Rachna

Rachna is the senior practitioner of financial wellbeing at South East Community Links. 

After a career in banking Rachna has specialised in her work with multi -cultural communities particularly refugees, migrants and women facing financial difficulty

Rachna has significantly improved the interpreter services provided by Australia’s major banks through her work on the ABA Consumer Outcomes Group, where she has represented financial counsellors since 2018.  She has championed the provision of interpreter services in the sector as an issue of access, inclusion and equity.  This has also led to changes to the ABA Banking Code of Practice.

Rachna has also been researching and providing strategic advice to the banks on their easy English guides through her work at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute . 

Recently she has also worked on the development of the “Supporting Womens’ Financial Safety Report” in partnership with Swinburne, RMIT, and Good Shepherd Australia, building on her work on women, money and systems intersectionality. 

Past Winners

2011 Fran Manuela

2010 Jillian Fletcher

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