Programs and information sources
There are dozens of financial literacy programs we could list, but here are a few interesting programs to start with.
An independent website from the ASIC (the financial regulator). Great information, guidance and calculators. Used by over 400,000 people each month.
An adult financial education program which helps people make informed decisions about the use and management of their money. Over 240,000 people have used the program since 2003. Supported by ANZ.
This is a program designed as a 2-3 hour workshop, over 2-4 sessions. Can be used in community settings or workplaces. Developed by the Salvation Army.
Designed to assist communities, groups and individuals who are finding it difficult to manage their money and to be better able to make informed decisions about their spending and borrowing. The three modules are:
- Know it: Your income and expenses
- Do it: Managing your money
- Review it: Managing your debt
Each module can be delivered in three hours. Developed by Wesley Mission.
Saver Plus is a financial education and matched savings program. It is an initiative of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ, delivered in partnership with a range of community agencies. The program is funded by ANZ and the Australian Government. 20,000 people have participated over the past 10 years.
A program of financial literacy workshops for students at primary, secondary and vocational levels. Supported by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation. StartSmart reaches more than 275,000 students every year.
A free online course developed by Macquarie University and made available via Open2Study. 10,000 people have done the course so far, with positive reviews.