Principal Financial Planner Mary Campbell founded Gold Leaf Financial Services to help people manage their finances, feel more financially secure, reduce stress on relationships and improve their quality of life. In fact, research shows clients who receive professional ongoing financial planning advice have greater levels of overall personal happiness, more peace of mind, increased feelings of security, and better health outcomes.(1)
We provide quality strategic financial advice to help people reach their dreams, look after their families and support causes they care about.
We help our clients learn more about money and how the financial world works so they can feel confident about their finances and make better financial decisions. We also provide financial educational seminars to workplaces and community groups. Improved financial literacy leads to improved emotional, vocational and physical health, greater satisfaction in life and better relationships.(2) For great general advice, calculators and information about anything to do with money we recommend you visit the Australian Government Moneysmart website.
Your hopes and dreams for the future as well as your values become the foundation of your financial plan. We analyse your finances and options, and develop financial strategies that help you achieve what is important to you in life. This means finding a balance so you can enjoy life now and in the future.
We work with people of all ages who care about people and nature. Based in Melbourne, we assist clients across Australia.
Money can help facilitate your goals and allow you to spending time on what is meaningful in your life. Ideally, this can help you to lead to a life without regrets. Gold Leaf founder Mary Campbell has worked with charities helping people living with illness and disability, and helping people who are dying come to terms with their situation and improve their quality of life. We recommend reading the article Top five regrets of the dying. Through considering our own mortality, insights can be gained on life.
Everyone should have the choice in what they would like to support or avoid with their investments and superannuation, consistent with their own personal values. Through making choices with our money, we can move money away from companies causing damage to people and the planet, and support organisations providing solutions such as education, healthcare, recycling and renewable energy.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
We take a stewardship approach to investing our client’s money, making sure all recommendations for investments and superannuation are financially sound as well as meeting our client’s goals.
As members of society we are all stewards for the next generation and by assisting our clients to invest in companies with sustainable environmental, social and governance approaches we help create a positive future for all our grandchildren and great grandchildren.
To learn more about the competitive financial performance of ethical investments click here.*
Education and experience
At Gold Leaf Financial Services we believe that high standards of education, experience, professional conduct and professional ethics are required to provide high quality financial advice and service to our clients.
Principal Financial Planner Mary Campbell holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Planning and Accounting from the University of Canberra. Mary also completes further study each year to keep up to date with the latest changes in the economy, financial products and strategies, taxation and legislation in Australia. Mary has over 12 years’ experience in financial services and ethical investment and she is a Certified Ethical Investment Adviser. Mary is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and CPA Australia, complying with the FPA and CPA codes of conduct and APES 110 Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants. Other staff members have qualifications and experience appropriate to their positions. Read more about our team.
Gold Leaf Financial Services is proud to be a CPA Public Practice and adheres to high ethical and professional standards. Gold Leaf Financial Services participates in CPA Australia’s Quality Review Program and complies with a range of professional standards including
CPA Australia Constitution, By-Laws and technical standards
CPA Australia Code of Professional Conduct
Quality Control standards
Risk Management standards and
Code of Ethics.
As a qualified CPA, Principal Financial Planner Mary Campbell adheres to a strict code of ethics and professional standards and undertakes continuing professional development each year.
Mandy and Scott's vineyard dream
Mandy and Scott always dreamed of buying a block of land not far from Melbourne with vineyards and starting a boutique winery. They wanted to be close to nature and grow organic fruit and vegetables for their family. A few years ago, Mandy received an early inheritance of $150,000 from her Grandma and she wanted to grow this money as a deposit on the vineyard.
They met with a Gold Leaf Financial adviser who recommended an investment portfolio in a range of assets such as shares, bonds and listed property, that was in line with their values and that would grow over time. She also recommended they add their savings of $900 per fortnight into the investment and when they received bonuses at work, use part of the bonus as a holiday and add part of the bonus into the investment portfolio.
By investing a regular amount each fortnight, they were surprised at how quickly their investment grew. They are now on track to having $400,000 to make their vineyard dream a reality.
Gold Leaf Financial Services is based in the 60L Green building in Carlton, Melbourne. 60L is the premier sustainable commercial building in Australia, unique in its approach to energy and water consumption, and the use of recycled and re-used materials during construction. It is a lovely place to work with natural sunlight, a water feature, lots of plants, exposed brick and a rooftop garden.
Meetings at our office are by appointment only. We work with our interstate clients over phone, email and mail.
Our community and environment
As part of the community, at Gold Leaf Financial Services we believe it is our responsibility to make a positive difference to our community and natural environment. For more information please see our community and environment pages.
Gold Leaf Financial Services is growing primarily by word of mouth. If we can help your friends or family with financial advice to help them achieve their dreams, please share our contact details with them. Thank you for all referrals.
At Gold Leaf Financial Services our fees are based on the service provided and the complexity of advice. There is an initial appointment fee of $110 and then we will provide a quote for financial plans and for ongoing service and advice. Our Financial Service Guide has further information regarding our fees.
MLC Financial Planning
MLC Financial planning provides Gold Leaf Financial Services with access to the resources of a large financial institution, assisting us to provide quality advice to our clients. MLC provides a range of services including licensee services, training, software, research and compliance support. MLC is the wealth management division of the National Australia Bank (NAB).
As part of this arrangement we recommend NAB group products as well as products from a range of other major financial service providers. The range of products we can recommend is broad (including a variety of ethical investments) and allows us to provide solutions to clients with a range of needs.
Both MLC and NAB have great sustainability and community initiatives including the NAB Foundation supporting Lifeline and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Learn more information about NAB’s community and environment initiatives here.
Ethical Investment Certification
Mary Campbell of Gold Leaf Financial Services (authorised representative of GWM Adviser Services Limited) offers responsible investment products; has undertaken continuing professional development on responsible investment; and conducts inquiries regarding client concerns about environmental, social, governance or ethical issues. The Symbol also signifies that Mary has adopted strict disclosure practices required under the Responsible Investment Certification Program for the category of Financial Adviser. The Certification Symbol is a Registered Trade Mark of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). Detailed information about RIAA, the Symbol and Mary Campbell can be found at www.responsibleinvestment.org, together with details about other responsible investment products and services certified by RIAA.
The Responsible Investment Certification Program does not constitute financial product advice. Neither the Certification Symbol nor RIAA recommends to any person that any financial product is a suitable investment or that returns are guaranteed. Appropriate professional advice should be sought prior to making an investment decision. RIAA does not hold an Australian Financial Services Licence.
We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Gold Leaf Financial Services operates, including the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay respect to their elders and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past, present and future. We honour their history and culture and ongoing connection to the land, water and community.
*Past performance is not a reliable guide to future returns.
1.IOOF 2015, ‘IOOF Whitepaper The true value of advice’.
2.Association of Financial Advisers 2016, ‘AFA Whitepaper Money, Well-being and the role of financial advice – a gender based approach’