The Federal Government has launched an online mapping service to assist people in financial difficulty find their nearest financial counsellor.


The online map, which is found on the MoneySmart website, shows the locations of 400 financial counselling services across the country and can be searched by town, suburb or postcode.


The Government has reiterated its intentions to maintain financial counselling as a free, confidential and independent service funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.


The mapping service forms part of the Federal Government's three year, $43.4 million package to support financial counselling services


The online map is available on the personal finance website.


People can also talk to a financial counsellor or get a referral by phoning 1800 007 007. The free hotline is available Australia-wide, Monday to Friday.