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  • Developing National Initiatives to Advance Financial Literacy Financial Literacy Foundation Presentation to Financial Literacy, Banking and Identity Conference RMIT University
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  • Background August 2004 Consumer and Financial Literacy Taskforce September 2004 Election Policy: Super for All and Understanding Money June 2005 Financial Literacy Foundation July 2006 launch of Understanding Money campaign
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  • Advisory Board Paul Clitheroe Executive Director, ipac securities Jeremy Duffield Managing Director, Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd Craig Dunn Managing Director, AMP Financial Services Linda Elkins Director, Retirement Services, Russell Investment Group Elaine Henry Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family Peter Kell Chief Executive Officer, Australian Consumers Association Kerrie Kelly Executive Director, Insurance Council of Australia Margaret Kilby Financial Counsellor and Financial Educator John McFarlane Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited Ken Smith Director General, Qld Department of Education and the Arts
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  • Role of the Foundation Give all Australians the opportunity to better manage their money. Addressing the barriers that stop people engaging with money issues. Equipping people to ask the right questions and make better financial choices.
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  • Role of the Foundation Brand manager We dont fund financial literacy services. We do promote: awareness of financial literacy and its benefits, and order in the market of financial literacy services providers.
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  • Addressing structural barriers Education and training initiatives Creating opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about managing their money Providing practical support to educators and trainers and improving the availability of quality education resources Research Identifying leading practice in the design and delivery of financial literacy services
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  • Addressing attitudinal and behavioural barriers Raise awareness through the media campaign and supporting resources. Pre-campaign research: Too boring Too hard Not enough time Dont know where to start or who to trust Good with money interesting person Annual national study of financial literacy attitudes and behaviour
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  • How we work Providing a national focus Driving and influencing change Using research findings to drive improvements in service delivery Working in partnership with stakeholders Matchmaking bringing together those with complementary needs and skills but common commitment.
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  • How we work Empowering Australian consumers to: -better understand and manage financial risk, -deal effectively with market complexity, and -take advantage of increased competition and choice in Australias finance sector.
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  • Moving forward on three fronts 1.Education and training initiatives 2.Research 3.Media campaign
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  • Education and training The challenge no systematic approach to teaching financial literacy. The strategy to work within existing systems and structures to bring about national approaches to the integration of financial literacy education.
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  • A sectoral and staged approach covering: integration into the schools sector; apprentice and cadet training pilots; integration into systems of vocational and workplace training; community and adult education; and higher education.
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  • School-based education Embedding financial literacy in school curricula throughout Australia. Students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 will have financial literacy elements included in English, Maths, Science and other courses by 2008. Supported by professional development. Pursuing initiatives for Years 11 and 12 as well as vocational training and tertiary education.
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  • Vocational training Industry consultation with peak industry bodies Gauge and build support for workplace literacy initiatives and systemic changes in vocational education and training sector. Master Builders Association pilot program to train apprentices and cadets in financial literacy.
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  • Educators and Trainers Network Practical support to help educators and trainers. Provide quality financial literacy education and training Community of practice Advice Needs of educators and trainers Partnerships Almost 600 members
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  • Research Addressing structural, attitudinal and behavioural barriers through national research initiatives. Aim to be strategic and practical Build on existing research rather than duplicate what others are doing. Practical research to inform national projects and sectoral improvements in service delivery.
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  • Consultative approach to research. Assess industry needs and share research findings Building partnerships with researchers Aim to provide new insights and information to help service providers to develop and deliver the most effective materials to consumers.
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  • Key research areas Annual study of financial literacy in Australia Mapping and classification of financial literacy programs and resources Financial education in workplaces
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  • Annual study of financial literacy in Australia Examine Australian attitudes and behaviours related to financial literacy. Analyse levels of engagement Explore motivators and barriers to improving financial literacy
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  • Annual study Research Methodology Representative sample 7,500 Australians 6,500 adults aged 18 75 years 1,000 youth aged 12 17 years Review of research and literature Stage 1: Quantitative Survey (telephone) Stage 2: Qualitative Depth interviews In progress: Data analysis and reporting.
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  • Aims of our financial literacy study Contribute a new, national perspective on financial literacy research. Deliver a solid base for understanding attitudes and behaviours. Aim to provide new insights and encourage debate about how the financial literacy of Australians could be improved. Provide practical insights for industry.
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  • Mapping and classifying existing programs Survey of companies and organisations that provide financial literacy programs and resources. Identify gaps and duplication in existing materials. Interested participants email: [email protected] [email protected]
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  • Financial education in workplaces International research on benefits (mainly US) Also anecdotal evidence on benefits for employees and employers Very little Australian research Some Australian employers are providing workplace financial education
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  • Financial education in workplaces Literature review Case studies based on interviews with employers currently providing workplace financial education Organisations involved in the research include Australia Post, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank Foundation, Flight Centre, Westpac
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  • Media Campaign Campaign objectives: Increase awareness of financial literacy and its benefits. Encourage people to engage with financial literacy information and resources.
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  • Targeted at all Australians. 30 July to December 2006. Television, radio, print and outdoor media. Suite of resource platforms to support the campaign website, handbook, seminar program and stakeholder events.
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  • Campaign message based on research into attitudes, habits and barriers to engagement. Perceived lack of relevance. Lack of motivation. Perceived lack of time. Complexity of issue, eg. tax, superannuation. Lack of trust and/or direction. Negative connotations, eg. greed, materialism.
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  • Campaign message is one of empowerment, not a quick route to wealth. Relevance to everyone regardless of age or income whether you have a little or a lot. Importance of getting started establishing good, basic habits.
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  • Campaign directed at an emotional response, not building technical knowledge. Motivating people and making it easy to find out more. A major first step towards a generational change in attitudes and approach. Presenting a serious issue in an appealing but not frivolous way. Building awareness, engagement, confidence and, ultimately, competence.
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  • Understanding Money website, handbook and seminars Overcoming barriers. Easily accessible, easy to understand information for consumers. Range of financial literacy topics and issues. References to other reliable sources for more detailed information. Facilitating engagement with a broader range of financial education seminars in the community.
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  • Website www.understandingmoney.gov.au www.understandingmoney.gov.au Handbook -via the website -1800 236 235
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  • Understanding Money Pays Off