Good financial decisions lead to better life outcomes. We’re passionate about improving the financial future of all Australians by supporting those who help.
Financial literacy is essential to empowering people to make positive and responsible choices about their money - choices that will ultimately affect the quality of their lives.
To promote financial empowerment, we sponsor $15,000 to a teacher each year, through the NSW Premier’s First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship, enabling them to travel abroad to enrich their understanding of how financial literacy is taught in Australia or overseas. Teachers return with a wealth of new knowledge and experiences, which they bring back to the classroom, to share with their students and colleagues, helping to shape the agenda for financial literacy in Australia.
If you’re a teacher currently in a NSW public or non-government school, or TAFE NSW, you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
The successful applicant can undertake a study tour to some of the leading institutions and centres of learning.
Last year's winner - Keith Barnett
Last year’s winner, Keith Barnett, maths teacher at Epping North Public School, believes project-based learning could influence how financial literacy is presented and taught in Australia.
He is passionate about reshaping how financial literacy is taught in schools and finding innovative, meaningful ways to present a topic which is also a crucial life skill:
“It would be great if I could play a part in financial literacy becoming more accessible to students resulting in them making informed financial decisions when it mattered.”
2017 winner – Cassandra Portelli
For Cassandra Portelli, Head Teacher of Mathematics at Hunter School of Performing Arts, financial literacy is more than a personal concern, having far reaching impacts beyond the individual:
“I have learned that financial literacy education is important to economic stability and could be a great equaliser in terms of social justice. The scholarship has allowed me to peek into classrooms around the world and see the best aspects of financial literacy programs in action.”
Applications for this year’s scholarship close 28 April 2019.