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Our IBA - Meet Piari

Our IBA - Meet Piari

Posted 27 July 2023

About Piari  Photo of a man smiling at camera. Next to him text reads - Our IBA Piari, Turrubul & Yuggera Country. Housing Solutions.

I am a proud Githabul (Northeast New South Wales) and Ghungalu (Central Queensland, around the Mount Morgan area) man. I grew up in Lismore, NSW until I was about 15 but then finished my schooling in Sydney. I managed to get a scholarship with a football (soccer) academy in Sydney, which included a fully-paid England tour, where I played against academies of some big English football clubs such as Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion. I am a big Liverpool fan and couldn’t live without football.

Outside of football, I have a beautiful partner and we have two daughters. I love spending time with them.

What is your role at IBA?

I am a Home Lending Officer located in Brisbane at our Meanjin office. My role includes undertaking customer interviews, assessing someone’s eligibility for an IBA housing loan, providing information to customers to support their home ownership journey, preparing loan submissions for approval, as well as loan documentation and other correspondence. Also, I run workshops in relation to home ownership and budgeting to teach skills on how to better manage cashflow.

Journey to IBA

I finished high school and went straight into the workforce. I started off with admin work at Concord hospital in Western Sydney before moving to Brisbane and taking on an Indigenous traineeship with the Commonwealth Bank. This led to opportunities in home loan service and home lending roles during my four-year tenure with them.

I had always known about IBA since I was a young kid through family. Knowing the positive outcomes that we can bring to community; I saw the opportunity arise to work for IBA and couldn’t turn it down. I started in my role with IBA in early January 2023.

The workplace feels very culturally safe and allows for better connections between staff, and also between staff and our borrowers. We do have a connection and understanding when we speak to each other.

Working with mob is important because we are so diverse within our own community. Having mob from all areas work here for the same goal or outcome is important, as it allows us to see things from different perspectives., As we know, issues are rarely “one size fits all”.

What TV show or Movie is on repeat and why?

It has to be Happy Gilmore, that movie is peak comedy. Too many quotes I could pull from that movie, that are all hilarious. Could really say that about any mid-late 90’s Adam Sandler film to be fair.