Bright ideas and useful money tips

We teamed up with some well-known Aussies to bring you an 8-part series, where we explore the brighter side of money and life, including plenty of practical tips and tricks.

Catch up on all episodes on 10 Play or our YouTube channel.

You can also follow our Instagram page for highlights of the show.

 

Bright ideas and useful money tips

We teamed up with some well-known Aussies to bring you an 8-part series, where we explore the brighter side of money and life, including plenty of practical tips and tricks.

Catch up on all episodes on 10 Play or our YouTube channel.

You can also follow our Instagram page for highlights of the show.

 

About the show

The Brighter Side is an 8-part series, where we explore useful ways you can make money go a little further today and help plan for a better tomorrow.

We meet Australians from all over the country, who share bright ideas and practical tips for living well. From clever side hustles, meal-time ideas and money-saving tips, The Brighter Side will help you make the most of your money.

Our segments

My Two Cents

Georgie Tunny chats with well-known Aussies, finding out what makes them tick when it comes to financial wellbeing and how they approach money. 

See My Two Cents

Money Talks

CommBank personal finance expert, Jess Irvine, meets Australians who are trying to get ahead, offering them some different ways of thinking.

Explore Jess's tips

Side Hustle

Ever thought about starting a side hustle? We talk to Australians who are making an extra income work for them. 

Learn more

House Proud

We go inside the homes of the Australians who are making their houses work harder for them.

Read the tips

Mind Over Money

From savings obstacles to spending triggers, economic behaviourist and author Evan Lucas shares how we're influenced to spend and can hack our mindset to save. 

Learn more

Taste Test

Delicious, affordable meals from Adam Liaw, who knows a thing or two about making food dollars go further. 

Read the recipes

Quick Wins

Discover quick and easy ways to save on everything from food to entertainment. Remember, every little bit counts.

Start now

The Brighter Side hosts

Georgie Tunny

The Brighter Side host, Georgie Tunny, is an Australian broadcaster, writer, and presenter. Perhaps best known as a co-host of Network 10's The Project, Georgie covers topics ranging from arts and culture to current affairs and social issues. She’s passionate about telling genuine stories and engaging thought-provoking discussions. 

Narelda Jacobs

Narelda Jacobs OAM is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist, newsreader and television presenter. She’s a dynamic voice in journalism, bringing stories to life with her keen insights and warm approach. On The Brighter Side, Narelda travels all over the country and discovers the resilience and creativity of Australians who are launching side hustles, running small businesses and using their homes to make money. 

Jess Irvine

CommBank’s personal finance expert is known for her relatable approach to helping Australians boost their financial literacy, embrace budgeting and feel more confident handling their finances. She is a trusted source of guidance for those who have read her books (like Money with Jess), been inspired by her editorial columns and now, watched her meet everyday Australians on The Brighter Side.

Adam Liaw

If anyone can take the stress out of making your food budget stretch further, it’s Australian chef and TV presenter Adam Liaw. His approach to cooking delicious, no-fuss meals – with diverse culinary influences – has made him someone we all trust in the kitchen. Follow Adam on The Brighter Side, as he shares his weekday meals that let you eat well and take a bit of pressure off your rising grocery bill, too. 

Evan Lucas

No-one knows better than author and market strategist Evan Lucas that our behaviour around money can impact the health of our finances. He literally wrote the book on it (it’s a great read called Mind Over Money). On The Brighter Side, Evan points out the ways we can shift our money mindset and even avoid mindless spending. With easy-to-action tips and surprising insights, Evan shares ways we can all feel a little more in control of our money. 

Frequently asked questions

The Brighter Side’ is the name of an 8-part TV series, created by CommBank with the aim to support Australians with useful and practical ways to make the most of their money. 

Each episode meets Australians from all over the country. The show is hosted by The Project’s Georgie Tunny who chats with well-known Aussies, including the CommBank Matildas and Neil Perry, about their money habits and some of the most important lessons they’ve learned. 

Also on the show: We see renowned journalist, Narelda Jacobs, visit people with cleverly designed homes and explore side-hustles that help the hip-pocket; Australian Chef, Adam Liaw, who cooks up budget-friendly meal ideas and CommBank Personal Finance expert, Jess Irvine, who visits Aussies to help boost their financial literacy.

We believe all Australians have the right to a better standard of living. As Australia’s largest bank, we see it as part of our role to support Australians with access to financial education and information to help make money go a little further today - and help plan for a better tomorrow.

We’re always seeking new and practical ways to deliver meaningful content to Australians. This is just another way we hope to share useful information, in another media channel of choice.

Financial wellbeing is a particularly important focus in the context of the cost-of-living challenges currently impacting Australians and ‘The Brighter Side’ is one way we’re showing up to support. 

The program is produced by CommBank in collaboration with Channel 10 (Paramount) and is supported by a media partnership across the 10 Network and into the Australian talk show, The Project. The series has now concluded and can be watched on 10 Play and on our official YouTube channel.

The show was on-air for 8 weeks on Channel 10, from 11 May to 6 July, with a 1-week break off-air on 25 May. 

You can stream all the episodes on 10 Play until 1 May 2025 and on our official YouTube channel. The content can also be found on CommBank website, search CommBank Brighter to discover more. 

Things you should know

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