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Helping build the path to financial wellbeing from a young age

CommBank has a long standing commitment in supporting the financial capability of Australian children and teenagers. Our educational initiatives aim to teach kids the value of money and prepare them for the workforce of the future. See the full list of initiatives.

Our financial education programs and tools make an impact in three areas:

Helping parents

No one has more influence on a child’s financial skills than the parents. We’ve created programs and resources to give Mums, Dads and carers more confidence bringing money to life at home.

Engaging kids

To help kids develop good saving habits we offer School Banking, a fun and interactive way to learn about saving, along with the innovative CommBank Youth app. 

Empowering educators

Teachers play an essential role in preparing our children for the world of tomorrow, which goes beyond financial education. That’s why we also have initiatives that recognise and support their success.

Initiatives that enable financial understanding

Start Smart – An interactive introduction to smart money decisions

Start Smart is our free, award-winning program for primary, secondary and vocational students, developed in consultation with leading education experts. 

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CommBank Youth app – Real-life money skills in a safe digital environment

With the CommBank Youth app, children can safely learn real-life money skills like checking their account balance, setting up savings goals and more. 

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School Banking – Teaching saving skills since 1931

For over 85 years our School Banking program has been teaching good saving habits to generations of Australians, in a fun and rewarding way. 

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The Beanstalk – Tools to teach your kids about money

A one-stop online resource to help parents teach their kids smart money skills including practical tips, video guides and activities to download.  

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Investing in education

Providing global insights for local teachers

Our support of the Evidence for Learning enterprise allows Australian educators to benefit from, implement and contribute to global best practice.

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Creating opportunities for Indigenous students

We are committed to supporting Indigenous students through a range of programs including mentoring, scholarships and internships.

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Recognising excellence in education

Formed in partnership with Schools Plus, the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards recognise and reward inspiring teachers and principals – especially those working in challenging and socially-diverse communities. 

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Preparing our youth for a digital future 

We’re partnering with the University of New South Wales to develop a centre of excellence for cyber security education, aimed at boosting the nation's supply of high quality security engineering professionals.

Supporting women in STEM

We support programs to develop capabilities amongst women in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM industries), helping them to expand their career options.

Free cyber security education

In partnership with Microsoft Australia and Datacom and using a network of trained law enforcement members, the ThinkUKnow program provides free cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers through schools and other organisations across Australia.