Brighter magazine

The May/ June issue of Brighter magazine is packed full of helpful advice and useful tips for everyday Australians and small business owners.

We chat to Georgie Tunny, the host of our new TV show called The Brighter Side, (watch it Saturdays at 6pm on Channel 10 or 10 Play). We look at how to set money boundaries with friends, talk to experts about the increase in tax-time scams and explore the rising cost of doing business.

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How to avoid the latest tax scams at tax time

Scammers ramp up their efforts to exploit people around the end of the financial year. Here’s how they’ll try to slip under your radar this year.

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Tips, stories & inspiration


Meet the Clown Doctors: Spreading laughter and joy

Discover how Clown Doctors with Lou Pollard and Jimmy Rees bring laughter to sick children in hospitals. Learn about Humour Foundation’s mission to...
Money Talks

Smart ways to spend and save your first full-time salary

Transitioning from student life to a full-time salary can be daunting. Gain insights from a new full time worker's money mantras and expert budgeti...
Taste Test

Delicious and easy spaghetti recipe on a budget

Adam Liaw’s three-step sausage and broccoli spaghetti recipe can be on the table in 30 minutes and uses great-value ingredients that tastes good, too.
My Two Cents

Neil Perry’s tips for how to handle business challenges

Chef Neil Perry shares his insights on tackling business challenges, financial planning and diversifying income streams. Learn from his experiences...
House Proud

Your guide to granny flats

Granny flats are gaining popularity as affordable housing or passive income. If you’re thinking of building your own – here are questions and consi...
My Two Cents

Money talk with the CommBank Matildas’ players

We ask the CommBank Matildas' players Tameka Yallop, Amy Sayer and Sophie Harding about the matters of money and living in the moment.
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How to grow and protect your business

How do you take risks and grow your business while also looking after your financial future? Personal finance expert Jess Irvine shares her top fiv...
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Strategies to generate positive cash flow

The rising cost of doing business makes running one tough. Discover effective strategies to address cash-flow challenges proactively.
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4 ways to maximise small business efficiency

From leveraging insights to embracing sustainability and investing in security tools, learn practical strategies for resilience and growth.
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Unlocking business success with Neil Perry and Andrew Griffiths

Unexpected challenges are part of running a business so we asked successful business owners for their top tips on building resilience.
Side Hustle

Miimi & Jiinda: From side hustle to a successful small business

Melissa Greenwood, founder of Miimi & Jiinda, a successful small business, shares six lessons of starting and scaling up a side hustle.
Money Talks

How to budget for your family and save more every day

Simple saving tips from CommBank personal finance expert Jess Irvine that have helped this family-of-five budget to help ease cost-of-living pressu...
Taste Test

Go “fakeaway” with this quick and easy butter chicken recipe

It’s easy to save on takeaway when you know how to make “fakeaway” at home. Adam Liaw shows you how with his express butter chicken recipe.

How to discuss money with friends

Politics, religion and money used to be the three things good friends never discussed. We’re still skipping the first two but embracing the third.

10 ways to make your home more energy efficient

Save money and help the planet? Experts share steps you can take to reduce costs and your impact. True story.
Side Hustle

Six Aussies reveal how they’re boosting their budgets with passive income

You don’t need much time or money to start earning passive income. What you do need is a good idea and a lot of passion.

Grow your savings with the no-spend challenge

There’s a reason why no-spend challenges are growing in popularity. They can rewire the way you approach spending and bulk up your savings, too.

Investing 101: How to get started

Buying shares can be overwhelming for a first-timer. Welcome to Investing 101. With a little know-how and as little as $50, you can join the market...

Europe on a budget: 6 affordable destinations

Travelling on a budget? Skip the crowds and save your pennies with our guide to 6 affordable destinations in Europe that offer a lot more for a lot...

How to avoid the latest tax scams

Scammers ramp up their efforts to exploit people around the end of the financial year. Here’s how they’ll try to slip under your radar this year.

Sustainable living with Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich, a renowned environmental activist, insists the most dramatic impact happens when we all make small changes at home.

How to keep your children safe from online scams

Scammers target children and teenagers through online gaming raids and phishing, to steal money. Learn how to protect children from these threats.

Driving sustainably: The easy, affordable shift to electric vehicles

Sydney writer, Bek Day dives into the world of electric vehicles – a budget-friendly choice and finds out why transitioning has become easier than ...

How to boost financial literacy for kids at every age

Get expert tips on how to talk to kids about money, from a designer of CommBank’s new educational pocket money app, Kit.

How to avoid scams this holiday season

From phoney online shops to non-existent flights, here’s how to spot some of the top holiday scams – and what to do if you think you’ve been tricked.

What's in the Brighter Magazine?

From money-saving tips, small business stories and clever ways to get ahead, discover the brighter side of banking with CommBank's new magazine.


Protect yourself from scams and fraud, discover digital tools that can help you spend wisely and hit your savings goals faster. Meet inspiring communities and familiar faces (including our branch members) from all over who share their money stories.


Right now, every little bit counts. Boost your money confidence and find new ways to reduce budget pressures, with tips from everyday Australians and insights from personal finance experts. Find spending hacks and learn the money moves that can help you get ahead.


From side hustle ideas to superannuation boosters and small business inspiration, we share the stories of people who have grown their wealth through hard work, clever innovation and the right support. Plus useful ways to future­ proof even the loftiest goals.


For many people, it’s the big dreams we save for the hardest. That’s what keeps us going, whether that’s a bucket-list holiday, renovating your home or changing your life with a bold move. Discover the ways people have been able to transform their lives and make their dreams a reality.

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