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Our commitment to financial education

At CommBank we have a proud history of enhancing the financial wellbeing of young Australians. Since 2007, more than one million children have been booked for a StartSmart workshop, and our School Banking program has been teaching kids to save since 1928.

From 2015, we have extended our commitment to financial education by investing an additional $50 million to enhance our current financial education programs. In particular, we plan to expand our world-class StartSmart program to allow an additional 500,000 student bookings from 2016.


This award-winning program is offered to school and vocational education students across Australia – helping them to prepare for their financial future. StartSmart uses the talents of world-class facilitators who visit classrooms to conduct a series of dynamic, interactive and engaging workshops that give students the confidence to make smart decisions about money.

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Our One Million Kids commitment was made in November 2009 and was designed to improve the money management skills of more than one million Australian school children by 2015.

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Primary school students

StartSmart Primary

The StartSmart Primary workshops address topics including understanding between needs and wants, identifying currency, how to shop, different ways of earning an income and saving money to achieve personal financial goals.

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Secondary school students

StartSmart Secondary

The StartSmart Secondary workshops cover topics ranging from getting your first job and making smart spending choices to basic investing principles, setting savings goals and budgeting.

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StartSmart Pathways

The StartSmart Pathways workshops for Vocational Education students include understanding different types of debt, strategies for keeping track of your money and developing employability skills.

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Celebrating our teachers

Since 2012, our Teaching Awards program has awarded 45 teachers for their innovative ways of teaching students about finance. Our program rewards those who inspire and work hard to build students’ money management skills, helping them towards a more financially independent future.

Do you have an original initiative running in your classroom?  Money management skills are applied in most areas of learning, so we are seeking teachers who are helping students to understand these fundamental concepts. There are 15 winners each year. Winners are awarded $10,000 to invest in their innovative financial education program, plus $2,000 as a personal reward.

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The future of financial education

Supporting Indigenous students

We provide educational opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and partner with local organisations to build financial skills in Indigenous communities.

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School Banking

Our School Banking program has helped generations of Australians learn to save. It’s a fun, interactive way of teaching children the importance of saving that will help them be better prepared to manage their money in the future.

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Financial Education Research

Our financial education research results highlight the effects of a more financially capable community and help us to further improve financial education in Australia.

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Making a difference through a range of programs

Our community involvement takes many forms. One of the things our programs have in common is helping Australian communities and individuals achieve a wide range of goals.

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Nurturing Young Australians

Over 12,000 of our current and retired staff actively support the health and wellbeing of young Australians by making regular donations from their pay to our Staff Community Fund. CommBank matches every dollar.

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Community Support

As part of our commitment to building robust communities, we partner with a range of organisations that help foster strength and resilience in people’s lives.

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Indigenous Engagement

We acknowledge the inherent strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and have tailored our programs to achieve greater economic and financial inclusion for Indigenous communities.

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