High School Financial Literacy Program

The Greater Bank Finance Academy is a financial literacy outreach program delivered to high school students across the Hunter, Central Coast, the Central West and Northern regions of NSW.

With course content created in partnership with University of Newcastle (theory) and Greater Bank (practical) the course is delivered by University of Newcastle student ambassadors and Greater Bank staff. The Finance Academy will be integrated into various subjects across year 9 and 10 curriculum.

Overall the program will provide the latest information on how community attitudes and people's relationships to money are changing and share information on financial topics that people of all ages need to consider when managing their money, including simple strategies on saving, reducing debt and how to avoid being scammed.

This idea of collaboration and community support is the underlying premise of what makes the partnership with the University so important for our business.

We have joined forces with a like-minded educational institution to provide members of the community, especially our next generation, with access to information that will help provide clarity and understanding around the intricacies of finance.

Finance Academy Lesson Plan

The short course comprises of 4 core subjects and 3 electives

Core subjects

  1. Introduction to Financial Literacy: what is financial literacy?
  2. The Fundamentals of Financial Literacy: why is financial literacy declining? how do we value money and what is our relationship with it? physical money vs digital money.
  3. Savings and Budgeting: wants vs needs, savings strategies, current resources for tracking savings and budget.
  4. Credit and Debt Banking: loans and debt, credit ratings, tracking your account.

Electives

  1. Investing: what does investing mean?
  2. Cybercrime and scams: online and in-person scams
  3. Employment: first job, tax returns and superannuation

Interested in taking part in the Greater Bank Finance Academy?

Email FinanceAcademy@newcastle.edu.au and we will be in touch with more information. 

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