Financial Literacy Skills

by Matthew Vierboom

A cornerstone of Participate Australia’s Life Skills activities is our Financial Literacy classes. Participate Australia’s Financial Literacy classes help participants to develop the money handling skills with real world applications.

Our Financial Literacy classes help our participants to become more financially independent by applying skills learned in the classroom to everyday life. The course has three levels:

  • Basic – Participants in this group develop a basic understanding of maths and learn to identify and count money.
  • Intermediate – This group begins to focus on more complex money operations and shopping. Participants in this group are working towards independence with money handling.
  • Advanced – The advanced level allows participants to begin to focus on how to budget for the aspects of their everyday life, use online shopping and gain a better understanding of banking services

The Basic and Intermediate levels have a student resource and homework book, initial and final assessment booklets and a teacher’s guide. The development of the course was funded by a grant from Financial Literacy Australia and the course materials are available free of charge. Once a participant has progressed through the Basic and Intermediate levels, they can move on to the Advanced level.

At Participate Australia, we understand every participant is an individual, and as such, there is no time limit for progressing through our Financial Literacy classes. Financial Literacy classes are run throughout the year and each course runs for approximately 8 weeks. Participants may continue to focus on any of the three levels throughout the year, until they are confident to progress.

Participate Australia can also deliver the course for other organisations, and we provide a ‘train the trainer’ option so the staff are able to deliver the course themselves. Please contact Participate Australia on 02 9799 4333 to discuss this option.

Interested in finding out more about our Life Skills activities at Participate Australia?
If you are currently a participant at Participate Australia, please contact your Support Facilitator.
If you are not currently a participant at Participate Australia, please call our Coordinator, Intake on 0412 993 705 or email at