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September 2014

ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching is the Australian Government's financial literacy education program for primary and secondary students and their teachers, supported by state and territory education authorities and the Australian Council of State School Organisations.

Visit ASIC's MoneySmart website for freely available online materials, including Australian Curriculum-aligned units of work, digital resources and professional development for teachers.

Become a MoneySmart School today

For advice and support on becoming recognised as a MoneySmart School, visit ASIC's MoneySmart website.

About ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching Program

Knowing how to manage money and make confident and informed financial decisions are core skills needed at all stages of life.

ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching gives young people the opportunity to start their financial education from the very beginning of their schooling. It recognises and supports Australian schools that help their students develop good money habits, and promotes the importance of consumer and financial literacy to families and their local community.

The program provides young people with the basics of consumer and financial literacy so they can:

  • understand the language of money and navigate the consumer and financial landscape
  • plan the management of their finances in order to spend, save, donate and invest wisely
  • understand risk and reward while exercising consumer rights and responsibilities
  • develop enterprising behaviours.

Schools, principals and teachers are ideally placed to help young Australians develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required to meet the financial challenges of the twenty-first century.

Professional Development and Teaching Resources

Our professional development is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and is available online or through face-to-face workshops in your school.

A comprehensive range of teaching resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer and Financial Literacy Framework can be found on ASIC's MoneySmart website including:

  • Teaching Resources for Primary and Secondary Students - units of work with real-life contexts ready for use in the classroom.
  • Videos - short video clips on topics such as managing credit cards, protecting yourself when shopping online, and running a small business.
  • Digital Activities - interactive learning activities for students of all ages, including a series of mobile phone activities for Years 5-8. Topics include choosing a mobile phone plan, mobile credit, social media and security.

Teaching resources are available for a range of platforms including computers, tablets and interactive whiteboards.

Involve parents and carers in the learning by encouraging them to use activities on ASIC's MoneySmart website with their children.

Financial Health for Teachers

  • ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching's personal learning program for teachers.
  • Watch videos featuring real stories of teachers sharing their experiences.
  • Find practical tips to make the most of your money, becoming debt free and preparing for retirement.
  • Visit moneysmart.gov.au/teaching

Become a MoneySmart School

Consumer and financial literacy is about having the right knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to make informed financial decisions. MoneySmart Schools are committed to supporting and promoting consumer and financial literacy education in their communities and preparing their students for life beyond school. There are many benefits of becoming a MoneySmart School, including:

  • Professional development - ongoing staff development and leadership opportunities.
  • Implementation guidance and support - access to a MoneySmart Teaching project officer or ASIC education staff to guide training, curriculum
    implementation and community engagement approaches.
  • Promotional support - public relations and marketing support to promote your commitment to consumer and financial literacy education in your school
    and local community.
  • Showcase your efforts - opportunities to showcase your school's consumer and financial literacy initiatives on ASIC's MoneySmart website.

For advice and support on integrating consumer and financial literacy education into your school, visit moneysmart.gov.au/teaching

MoneySmart Teaching in action

Schools that commit to becoming a MoneySmart School are encouraged to share their consumer and financial literacy learning on ASIC's MoneySmart website. Visit moneysmart.gov.au/teaching to see how other schools are successfully integrating consumer and financial literacy education into their curriculums and making it a priority for their students.


Last updated: 09 Sep 2015