Take Control Series

The 'Take Control' series is produced by the Credit Union Services Corporation (Cuscal) and can assist you in understanding a range of topics from buying a car to fraud prevention. Each booklet is outlined below. You can browse these booklets and decide which ones are right for you.

Buying a Property

Buying a home is exciting – and daunting. Purchasing a home, whether it's a house, townhouse or unit, is likely to be the biggest financial commitment you will ever make. This guide covers all you need to know to get started, from advice on how to find the right home, buying the property through to choosing the right home loan.

Bricks and Mortar (1.1MB PDF)

Buying a CAR

Cars can bring mobility, freedom and pleasure. No one can tell you which car to buy, nor can they suggest that your decision must be 100 per cent logical and boringly practical. It is however important to consider all you options before taking the plunge. This guide outlines everything you need to know when purchasing a car, from new or used, safety options, insurance to car testing tips.

Wheels (2.1MB PDF)

Guide to Getting and Managing Credit

Credit can be a great convenience when used correctly, but can be big source of financial stress when over indulgence occurs. The purpose of this booklet is to help you better understand what it means to borrow money and how to go about managing it. taking into consideration your financial future and how it affects – and complements – your lifestyle goals.

Credit Wise (778kB PDF)


So you know what a budget is and you would just love to be able to have the ability to stick to one. This booklet outlines the basic principles of budgeting and gives you clear information on how to benefit from your budgeting, how to control your spending and how to create a budget that works.

Dollars & Cents (595KB PDF)